2017 Legal Innovation Index

Janders Dean and LexisNexis announce the 2017 Legal Innovation Index Winners

Collaboration across law firms, clients and professional service firms has seen a rise in the power and impact of legal innovation this year in Australia and New Zealand, as evidenced by the 2017 Legal Innovation Index announced tonight by Janders Dean and LexisNexis®.

2017 Organisation Winners

Gilbert + Tobin

for collaboration with the Boral Group’s legal team to improve document management, using a multi-disciplinary process.

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF)

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) Winning for the third year in a row, this time for the innovative use of Vision Lab, an artificial intelligence tool that crowd sources ideas from their internal global network.

Minter Ellison

for developing a solution that re-engineers the legal service delivery workflow surrounding companies’ e-discovery function.

Helix Legal

for its scalable practice costing on a project basis to maximise operational efficiency, and development of LawLancer.Legal, a digital marketplace connecting law firms and other legal service providers with law students on a freelance basis.


for creating CataLyst and a Transformation Office, to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking and streamlining customers’ experience

2017 Individual Winners

Andrea Perry-Petersen, LawRight

for developing new ways, for students, to identify how technology and digital innovation may be leveraged to increase access to justice and prevent disadvantage.

Clarissa Rayward, Happy Lawyer Happy Life

for development of The Club an online place for entrepreneurial lawyers from all over Australia to work together for knowledge sharing, collaboration and innovation.

Claudia King, Automio

for development of Automio, an interview bot and document-builder in the cloud, as well as a customisable reseller of automated legal documents directly to clients.

Matthew Robinson, FCB Group

developed a methodology to conduct forensic underpayment auditing using multidisciplinary skills at FCB Workplace Law.

“Again the Legal Innovation Index continues to blow us away each year with the wide range of creativity and design emanating from all areas,” adds Justin North, Director, Janders Dean. “While we expect that from NewLaw firms, this year’s in-house counsel, the top end of town and academia have really stepped up to the plate and are delivering some fantastic thinking. Australia should be very proud of how it is not only handling change in legal practice but smashing it out of the ballpark”.