McR wins a place on 2015 Legal Innovation Index
McCullough Robertson has won a place on the prestigious 2015 Legal Innovation Index announced by LexisNexis® Pacific and Janders Dean, in recognition of the firm’s recent ‘Innovation Jam’, a systematic approach to innovation involving all internal employees.
Early in 2015 McCullough Robertson conducted the online Innovation Jam involving all 464 employees across the firm’s offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Newcastle. The jam focused on ‘Strengthening our future as a leading Australian law firm’ with key themes of client service delivery excellence, new products or services that create value for clients and new business ideas.
The firm was recognised along with 13 other organisations and individuals named to the 2015 Legal Innovation Index.
2015 Legal Innovation Index judge, Dr George Beaton of Beaton Capital, said this year’s entries are at a world-class level: “The legal services ecosystem in Australia is at last showing signs of emerging technology and business model-based innovation. This applies to both B2B and B2C providers as well the in-house demand side. This year’s entries are of the highest order, many rivalling what I am seeing in the UK and North America”.
Jo Beckett, General Manager of LexisNexis Australia congratulated the Index winners for a standout year that has seen innovative thinking and practices being embraced company-wide across so many legal organisations and teams. “The 2014 Legal Innovation Index showed us the excellent results when small to mid-size firms threw away the rule book and built or re-engineered their business with innovation at its core. 2015 shows a readiness across the whole legal services profession to explore different ideas around what innovation can bring to its staff and clients, the business benefits of new service offerings, new clients, markets and more engaged staff,” she added.
“2015 is certainly the year of the democratisation of the legal process in Australia,” added Justin North, Director, Janders Dean. “We have seen so many exciting projects that demystify and provide better access to legal service for clients in a more affordable way. We are also seeing large law create dual brands with different offerings for different markets and this is a very smart move in a ‘tight’ marketplace.
“What has been great to see is the innovations around business development, client engagement and staff wellbeing – innovation is bring applied across the whole legal practice in Australia,” he added.
The prestigious panel of judges included: Professor Michael Adams, UWS; Josh Kubicki, Legal Transformation Institute, Michigan State University; Joanna Goodman, Law Society Gazette; Richard Burcher, Validatum; George Beaton, Beaton Capital; Laura Vickers, Nest Legal; John Humphrey, QUT Law School; Denise Farmer (LexisNexis) and Justin North (Janders Dean).
For more information contact Kristie Fankhauser, Director BDM on +61 7 3323 8876.
About McCullough Robertson
McCullough Robertson is a leading Australian independent law firm with industry experts combining legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and foresight. The firm provides innovative, relevant and commercial legal solutions to major corporate, government and high net worth individuals across Australia and internationally. Established in 1926, the firm’s major focus areas are the resources (mining and energy), food and agribusiness, technology, telecommunications, health, life sciences, real estate and financial services sector.