Innovation is dramatically changing the way the profession operates so who is driving this
change?

SYDNEY, 15 July 2014. The 2014 Legal Innovation Index is now open, inviting law firms and inhouse legal teams to showcase the cutting edge innovations that are enhancing the productivity and profitability of their organisation.

The 2014 index will identify the top legal firms and in-house teams driving innovation across knowledge sharing, cost and time management, client service delivery and employee engagement, amongst other criteria.

Last year's Index identified the Top 10 trans-Tasman legal innovators as: AdventBalance, Emil Ford, Gilbert + Tobin, King & Wood Mallesons, Marque, Maurice Blackburn, Pod Legal, Watermark and Westpac from Australia and Chen Palmer from New Zealand.

Judged by innovation and legal experts from Australia and around the world, the 2014 Legal Innovation Index will be released at the 7th Annual Janders Dean Legal Knowledge & Innovation Conference in Sydney on the 18th September 2014. Launched in 2013, it was created by LexisNexis® Pacific, a leading provider of content and technology solutions; and Janders Dean, an independent management consultancy company specialising in providing expert advisory services to law firms and corporate in-house legal departments across the globe.

"Innovation is the future of the legal profession in Australia and New Zealand. The reality is that in an increasingly competitive, commercially orientated profession, our ability to innovate will determine our success or otherwise", explains TJ Viljoen, CEO of LexisNexis Asia Pacific.

"The index sets a benchmark for the profession, and highlights the pace at which the industry is changing. We want to inspire and encourage the great initiatives that are already taking place, and to demonstrate that law firms, in-house legal teams, individuals and emerging third party players are helping to positively disrupt the legal landscape. Innovation is already here, it is just that some are more innovative than others and their outstanding achievements deserve recognition", says Justin North, Director, Janders Dean.

Firms and in-house legal teams will be assessed on their holistic approach to innovation based on the below criteria and will be asked to provide one or more projects, programs, initiatives and/or cultural evidence to support their innovation submission.

To enter companies and teams are asked to submit short proposals based on one or many of the criteria below:

  • Knowledge Sharing & Collaboration
  • Client Services & Delivery
  • Employee Engagement
  • Application of Technology and Process
  • Cost Management

The panel of judges includes: Michael Roch (Kerma), Steven Hallam (Deloitte), Karan White (Pod Legal), Melissa Davis (MD Communications), Denise Farmer (LexisNexis) and Justin North (Janders Dean)

Entries open on 14 July, 2014 and close on 15 August, 2014. To enter go to http://lexisnexis.com.au/legal-innovation-index/

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About LexisNexis Legal & Professional

LexisNexis® Legal & Professionalis a leading global provider of content and technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, tax, government, academic and non-profit organizations to make informed decisions and achieve better business outcomes. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. Today, LexisNexis Legal & Professional harnesses leading-edge technology and world-class content to help professionals work in faster, easier and more effective ways. Through close collaboration with its customers, the company ensures organizations can leverage its solutions to reduce risk, improve productivity, increase profitability and grow their business. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 175 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide, is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

LexisNexis® Pacific is the leading provider of local and international news, business, tax and legal information, using leading-edge technology, tools and digital solutions. Both in Australia (www.lexisnexis.com.au) and New Zealand (www.lexisnexis.co.nz) LexisNexis Pacific works in close collaboration with its customers to provide content enabled-workflow systems for professionals in law firms, corporations, government, law enforcement, tax, accounting, academic institutions and compliance assessment.

About Janders Dean

Janders Dean is a leading independent management consultancy company specialising in providing expert advisory services to law firms and corporate in-house legal departments across the globe. Janders Dean's projects include some of the most innovative and award winning engagements undertaken within the legal industry across the United Kingdom, the United States and Asia.

Janders Dean's consultants possess a deep insight, and have extensive experience in the realms of legal process improvement, legal project management, data and practice analytics, legal service design, product design, and applied legal technology, and are recognised globally as thought leaders.

Clients include a large number of the leading law firms and corporate legal departments in the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Africa, South America, India, the Channel Islands, and the United States.