Slaughter and May wins ‘Alliance of the Year’ award at the British Legal Technology Awards

Slaughter and May has won the ‘Alliance of the Year’ award at the British Legal Technology Awards, for the firm’s work with legal technology provider Clarilis. The awards recognise excellence in legal technology, IT security, leadership & innovation, as well as the individuals, teams and suppliers transforming the future of legal services.

Clarilis, a matter-based intelligent drafting platform which helps lawyers automate contracts for greater speed, efficiency, accuracy, and consistency was part of the firm’s 2019 Collaborate legal tech programme. Slaughter and May have continued to work with Clarilis on a number of projects, including to deliver benefits to the firm’s Competition team.

Lawyers in the Competition team often need to assess whether a proposed transaction would be subject to merger controls in relevant jurisdictions, involving reviewing the applicable rules in each jurisdiction and producing a report for the client.

The firm’s Knowledge and Innovation team and Clarilis worked together to find a solution to transform Slaughter and May’s merger control resources so that their fee-earners have quicker and easier access to data and can automate selected processes.

The project has accelerated the time it takes to make assessments and provides lawyers with a better indication of requirements at an earlier stage of the transaction, improving client service.

Jane Stewart, Head of Knowledge and Innovation at Slaughter and May said, “We’re delighted to win the ‘Alliance of the Year’ award at the British Legal Technology Awards. Our work with Clarilis has been very productive. We could see that their product had huge potential when we first engaged with them through the Collaborate programme. Testing the technology has proved this to be true; feedback has been extremely positive and has made a real difference to our Competition team. We are looking forward to further work with the team at Clarilis.”