Simmons & Simmons wins ‘Most Innovative use of Technology’
28 Jun 2018
We have been awarded for our innovative use of technology at The Lawyer Awards 2018 for the second year running. We were commended for “addressing the elephant in the room: Brexit,” through the development of Disputes Aviator, an online tool which enables users to analyse factual scenarios within the framework of currently foreseeable post-Brexit legislation, to assess where risk may arise.
Disputes Aviator enables users to consider key circumstantial factors which may affect the enforceability of an English jurisdiction or governing clause or an English court judgment post Brexit. The tool highlights the firm’s commitment to ensuring clients are prepared for the most complex challenge and will assist clients in both the lead up to Brexit and following.
Commenting on the award, Ben McGuire, innovation and business change director at Simmons & Simmons said: “We are incredibly pleased that the team who developed this innovative product have been recognised in this way. Disputes Aviator is a fantastic example of Simmons & Simmons bringing the whole firm to our clients to address their most pressing problems – this team was led by a Managing Associate and included other legal colleagues, automation specialists, analysts, front-end developers and marketing professionals all of whom worked seamlessly together to deliver a fantastic solution to a pressing client need.”
The tool was developed by a team of lawyers from the Litigation team in London, led by managing associate Lizzie Williams, supervising associate Stuart Doxford, associate Thomas Bowen and colleagues.
The firm also won the ‘Most Innovative use of Technology’ award at The Lawyer Awards in 2017 last year, as a result of the the Simmons & Simmons Translator software product. The software also led to London Partner Darren Meale being named ‘Young Legal Innovator of the Year’ and the firm receiving a standout commendation in technology at the Financial Times Innovator Lawyer awards in 2017.