Judges Q&A

Gain some valuable insight from some of the judges of the British Legal Technology Awards in this exclusive Q&A. Find out why they chose to become a judge of Europe’s most prestigious legal technology awards and what they believe makes entries stand out and what they are looking for in a winning entry.

Why did you chose to become a judge for the British Legal Technology Awards?

Jacqueline de Rojas: When I look at why the UK attracts more than twice the investment in tech than any other European country, I realise that this is for many reasons including the talent pool and the incredible heritage we have for innovation. But perhaps the biggest is that our legal framework is the most trusted in the world. For me that makes legal tech an incredible opportunity to get involved in. Read Jacqueline’s full Q&A here.

Andrew Haslam: Because the industry was due a fair and impartial awards ceremony to celebrate achievements and being a judge was a small part of ensure the process was above board. Read Andrew’s full Q&A here.

Jonathan Patterson: I have seen the UK legal technology market grow over the last few years and was keen to be part of something that celebrated those achievements. The chance to work alongside the other judges was an opportunity that was too good to miss and thinking about technology more from a business and innovation viewpoint, I also felt I could bring a useful perspective to the judging process. Read Jonathan’s full Q&A here.

What Key Advice Would you Give to a Company Entering the Awards?

Ken Grady: Although it is a cliché, it is a good one to follow: Put your best foot forward. Take the time to do each part of the process well. The legal industry likes to convey the message that high-quality work is one of the attributes of professionals. Since these awards focus on recognizing the best of our industry – the products and services of professionals, it follows that what applicants submit should be of the highest quality. Read Ken’s full Q&A here.

Ian Jeffery: However good the product or service may be in itself the presentation of it is vital at both the paper and presentation stage. Demonstrating how the technology meets the key requirements for that particular award is vital as is demonstrating stakeholder benefits and all aspects which are genuinely innovative. Read Ian’s full Q&A here.

Peter Owen: Be real! Cut the sales blurb and really show how our company, your service or your product is making a difference. Evidence it properly. Read Peter’s full Q&A here.

What Makes an Entry Stand Out for you?

Bruna Pellicci: A standout entry would be innovative, something really different. It will have made an impact and created benefits which are clearly measurable. It will have helped to create/improve effectiveness and efficiency. Read Bruna’s full Q&A here.

Sayid Hussein: 3 things really, for me it would have to be unique in it’s offering, outstanding value and has an immediate impact. Read Sayid’s full Q&A here.

Thereza Snyman: There is no one single factor, and it really depends on the requirements for each category.  However, overall, I can say it is both the quality of the submission and the presentations. Read Thereza’s full Q&A here.


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