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Legal Week Innovation Awards 2016:
Categories, criteria and entry instructions

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Eligibility

Anyone can submit an entry, as long as they or the firm/company they are entering meet the criteria for the relevant category. There is also only one entry per firm/company per award.

The time period covered by entries should be the 12-18 months prior to the entry deadline. With the exception of the International Innovation Award, a substantial part of the initiative or project cited in the entry must relate to activity undertaken in the UK or by UK-based personnel.

Covering statement and evidence
Your 1,000 word statement is your entry. It must ‘tell the story' while also seeking to cover the specific criteria as set out in each category.

The weakest part of many entries is often the failure to include clear evidence of achievement or explanation of why the achievement was significant or innovative. The judges will be harsh on entries that do not include clear statements of objectives and targets supported by evidence that these targets were reached. For example, if business growth is the target, achievement of it should be demonstrated in measurable terms.

All the information contained in the entries that is marked confidential will remain so, and will not be released without the permission of the entrant.

Supporting material

There is a strict limit of one piece of supporting material per entry. It is not obligatory to include supporting material - indeed it could count against you if the material is not pertinent to the entry. If you do include such material (which must be in digital form) please refer to it in your covering statement.

The Outstanding Innovator Award

This award is not open for entries. This special category will be given to an individual working within or for the legal sector who has shown outstanding long term commitment to new thinking.

Future of Legal Services Innovation

Eligibility
Open to any legal service provider in the UK. This includes law firms, in-house legal teams and alternative business structures.

Entry Criteria
This award seeks to uncover innovation in the delivery of legal services. This could be a focused project or one that transforms a key element of the entrant's culture or performance. Indeed, it could relate to the drawing up and implementation of an over-arching strategy for the business. The entry should clearly set out the project's goals and provide hard evidence that these have been achieved.

International Law Firm Innovation

Eligibility
Open to multi-office international law firms.

Entry Criteria
This award seeks to uncover innovation in the delivery of legal services across an international law firm's network of offices. This could be a focused project or one that transforms a key element of the entrant's culture or performance. Indeed, it could relate to the drawing up and implementation of an over-arching strategy for the business. The entry should clearly set out the project's goals and provide hard evidence that these have been achieved.

ABS Innovation - NEW

Eligibility
Open to Alternative Business Structures.

Entry Criteria
This award seeks to uncover innovation in the delivery of legal services. This could be a focused project or one that transforms a key element of the entrant's culture or performance. Indeed, it could relate to the drawing up and implementation of an over-arching strategy for the business. The entry should clearly set out the project's goals and provide hard evidence that these have been achieved.

In-house legal department Innovation - NEW

Eligibility
Open to in-house legal departments.

Entry Criteria
This award seeks to uncover innovation in the delivery of legal services. This could be a focused project or one that transforms a key element of the entrant's culture or performance. Indeed, it could relate to the drawing up and implementation of an over-arching strategy for the legal department. The entry should clearly set out the project's goals and provide hard evidence that these have been achieved.

Chambers Innovation

Eligibility
Open to UK chambers.

Entry Criteria
This award seeks to uncover innovation in the delivery of legal services. This could be a focused project or one that transforms a key element of the entrant's culture or performance. Indeed, it could outline the drawing up and implementation of an over-arching strategy for the department.

Marketing and Business Development Innovation

Eligibility
Open to law firms and alternative business structures.

Entry Criteria
This award seeks to uncover innovation in the arena of marketing and business development. The entry should focus on a clearly defined project or initiative; outline its objectives; and provide hard evidence that these have been - or are being - achieved.

PR and Communications Innovation

Eligibility
Open to law firms and alternative business structures.

Entry Criteria
This award seeks to uncover innovation in the arena of PR and communications. The entry should either focus on a clearly defined project or initiative or provide details of a case study that exemplifies the team's innovative approach to PR and communications. In the case of a project/initiative, the entry should outline its objectives and provide hard evidence that these have been - or are being - achieved.

Client Management Innovation

Eligibility
Open to law firms and alternative business structures.

Entry Criteria

This award seeks to uncover innovation in the arena of client relationship management (CRM). The entry should focus on a clearly defined project or initiative; outline its objectives; and provide hard evidence that these have been - or are being - achieved.

Knowledge Management Innovation

Eligibility
Open to legal departments and alternative business structures.

Entry Criteria
This award seeks to uncover innovation in the arena of knowledge management. The entry should focus on a clearly defined project or initiative; outline its objectives; and provide hard evidence that these have been - or are being - achieved.

CSR Innovation

Eligibility
Open to law firms, alternative business structures and legal departments.

Entry Criteria

This award seeks to uncover innovation in the arena of corporate social responsibility. The entry should focus on a clearly defined project or initiative; outline its objectives; and provide hard evidence that these have been - or are being - achieved.

Human Resource Innovation

Eligibility
Open to law firms, alternative business structures and legal departments

Entry Criteria

This awards seeks to uncover the human resources teams driving change through their businesses with initiatives that set them out from the crowd. This could include policy implementation; benefits and incentives to encourage new attitudes and ways of thinking; or strategies around recruiting and retaining talent to shape the firm in the future.

Diversity Innovation

Eligibility
Open to law firms, alternative business structures and legal departments.

Entry Criteria
This award seeks to uncover innovation in the arena of diversity. The entry should focus on a clearly defined project or initiative; outline its objectives; and provide hard evidence that these have been - or are being - achieved.

Training Innovation

Eligibility
Open to law firms, alternative business structures and legal departments.

Entry Criteria
This award seeks to uncover innovation in the arena of training. The entry should focus on a clearly defined project or initiative; outline its objectives; and provide hard evidence that these have been - or are being - achieved.

Supplier Innovation - Technology

Eligibility
Open to all suppliers of technology products and services to law firms, alternative business structures and legal departments.

Entry Criteria
Entrants must demonstrate originality in the delivery of their products and/or service. Entries for this award should focus on a single project that exemplifies the quality of the product or service being supplied.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Expertise and professionalism
- Innovation
- Value for money
- Customer care and satisfaction
- Measurable success

Supplier Innovation - Services

Eligibility
Open to all suppliers of services to law firms, alternative business structures and legal departments that do not have a technology focus. Examples include recruitment consultants, providers of temporary lawyers, PR consultancies and management consultants.

Entry Criteria
Entrants must demonstrate originality in the delivery of their products and/or service. Entries for this award should focus on a single project that exemplifies the quality of the product or service being supplied.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Expertise and professionalism
- Innovation
- Value for money
- Customer care and satisfaction
- Measurable success

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