Shawn Curran – Judges Q&A

Shawn Curran, Director of Legal Technology,
Travers Smith







Why did you chose to become a judge for the British Legal Technology Awards 2024?

Frances reached out and asked me to be involved. I had been invited as a guest to the BLTA a few times before and thought the award night was very special, however on being invited as a judge, I was blown away with how professional Frances and the Netlaw team take these awards. Running 15 minutes late to what I believed was a social for the judges to get acquainted, I walked into a military run operation of going through every detail of a retrospective review of the previous years process with planning for the year coming up. I’m extremely excited to be involved in such a well run awards process.

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

 Really focus on how you differentiate. I would draft your submission as ‘we tick the box on x, y and z but this is what we do differently’. If everyone tells us what they do differently, and its the same, you need to work harder at building a network and understanding the market. If you do genuinely do things differently, it will remain confidential and I’m looking forward to recognising those submissions. Also, differentiation doesn’t always need to be ‘innovation’. I always say to our teams at Travers that moving from physical datacentres to Azure/AWS is arguably more transformational than, for example, some of the new web based legal project management tools that have come to market in the last five years. Think hard about all aspects of your project or initiative, and really highlight all the transformational aspects.

What makes an entry stand out?

I’m really looking forward to seeing something unique, taking something we’ve always thought or considered default, and changing it up with a new approach that had a better outcome. I’m also keen to see transparency, e.g. there was a net positive outcome in these areas but there was a new challenge in going off piste with our approach, and here is how we handled that unforeseen, unexpected challenge.

What in your Opinion Elevates an Entrant to Become a Winner?

Being a winner! You have to already be that, all I’ll do is promise to review carefully each submission to the extent I can support those submissions I believe have winning attributes.

 Find out more about Shawn here.


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