Innovation Competition

About our Innovation Competition

Slaughter and May is dedicated to delivering the highest possible standards when serving our clients. This means ensuring that we are using new technologies, re-designing processes and adopting agile resourcing models when appropriate. The result is that the practice of law at Slaughter and May, and across the legal market, is changing, with new challenges revealing themselves all the time.

Earlier this year, we invited future lawyers to join us in re-thinking legal service delivery by answering one of the following questions:

  1. Legal careers in the future could look different to the present. In the future, what roles do you think will exist in the legal sector and what skills will future lawyers need to develop and why?
  2.  Is there more to legal innovation than technology?
  3. What is the link between innovative thinking and diversity and inclusion and how can this benefit law firms?
  4. What will the world of work look like in the future, and how will that change what lawyers do?

We are pleased to announce the winners were as follows:

  1. First place: Afraz Akhtar (University of Law) who produced an animation entitled: “A Trip to the Future” in response to the question Legal careers in the future could look different to the present. In the future, what roles do you think will exist in the legal sector and what skills will future lawyers need to develop and why?
  2. Second place: Mary Áine Connolly (studying Law at the University of Birmingham) who produced a video in response to the question “What is the link between innovative thinking and diversity and inclusion and how can this benefit law firms?”
  3. Third place: George Woosey (studying Business Management at the University of Leeds) a narrated presentation in response to the question “Is there more to legal innovation than technology?”
  4. Highly commended: Majd Mansour (studying Law with Hispanic Law at University College London) a narrated presentation in response to the question “What is the link between innovative thinking and diversity and inclusion in law firm and how can this benefit law firms?”

The winning entry

If you are unable to view the winning entry video above, please click on the following link to view this on our YouTube channel

Background

Innovation is at the heart of Slaughter and May’s culture. We have a reputation for excellence that has been achieved thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of our lawyers who constantly strive to deliver the best possible service for our clients. Today this might involve deploying an artificial intelligence powered contract review tool during the due diligence phase of an acquisition or using design thinking to reshape the way in which we deliver our output to the client.

We encourage all our employees and partners to get involved in our innovation initiatives (such as joining our Innovation Network and attending innovation training). The Slaughter and May Innovation Competition is intended to help students develop their creative thinking skills by considering what the future might look like for our lawyers and what the next big disruption might be.

The rules of the competition are set out below.

Eligibility

To enter, you must be enrolled as a current student at an educational institution on the deadline for submission of entries. Both full-time and part-time, law and non-law, undergraduate and post-graduate students (including Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course students) are eligible to enter.

Competition Questions

Applicants are asked to submit a response to one of the following questions:

  1. Legal careers in the future could look different to the present. In the future, what roles do you think will exist in the legal sector and what skills will future lawyers need to develop and why?
  2. Is there more to legal innovation than technology?
  3. What is the link between innovative thinking and diversity and inclusion and how can this benefit law firms?
  4. What will the world of work look like in the future, and how will that change what lawyers do?

We welcome your response in any format you deem appropriate (for example video, podcast, blog post, infographic).

Entries should:

  • Display an understanding of the issues facing law firms in the city.
  • Be imaginative, creative and original in approach.
  • Be clear and concise.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail.
Prizes

A panel of members of our Innovation Network will judge the competition. The winners will receive the following prizes:

First prize:           

£1,000 and work experience*

Second prize:

£500

Third prize:

£250

*The first prize-winner will also have the opportunity to take part in a work placement within the Knowledge & Innovation team at Slaughter and May. To qualify for the work placement you will be required to demonstrate that you have the right to work in the UK. Individuals who cannot provide evidence of their right to work in the UK will only be eligible for the monetary prize.

Apply

Entries are now closed.

Note: Please do not include any personal details anywhere in your entry (such as your name or place of study). The entries will be judged “blind” and then matched up subsequently to the personal information you will be asked to provide when you enter via our website.

Additional rules

Slaughter and May has the right to publish or reproduce at any time all or part of any entries submitted. Slaughter and May reserve the right to delete or omit from any published article anything that in their absolute discretion should not be published on editorial or legal grounds.

The decision of the judging panel will be final. The result of the competition will be announced on our website.

The entry must be the sole creation and original work of the entrant.

Only one entry per person is allowed.

Contact

Please email [email protected] if you have questions about the competition.

Good luck!