Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner was singled out as “among this year’s big winners” at the Legal Week Innovation Awards 2019. BCLP won the AI Innovation Award for the second year running. The firm also shared the award for Legal Services Procurement Innovation.

This year’s win was specifically for the firm’s development of Clear/Cut, BCLP’s early case assessment tool. Clear/Cut uses artificial intelligence to analyze significant quantities of evidence at the outset of potential disputes or investigations. This enables BCLP lawyers to pinpoint relevant documents and provide a focused report on the key issues and a recommendation to clients on their strategy in handling the case. The award cements BCLP’s reputation as a leader in the use of artificial intelligence within legal services, and comes on the back of the firm’s decision to embed Kira Systems’ artificial intelligence tool within high-volume workstreams globally. Regional Innovation Solutions Director, EMEA & Asia, Nick Pryor leads the firm on Clear/Cut, alongside London-based LCR Partner Ed Coulson.

In addition, a joint entry by BCLP, Pinsent Masons and Heathrow earned the award for Legal Services Procurement Innovation. BCLP worked collaboratively with Pinsent Masons and Heathrow, as part of a single-blended legal team, to manage the planning consent phase of the expansion of Heathrow Airport. A high-profile and complex infrastructure project, the planning aspects associated with the Heathrow expansion were considered too large for one external law firm. An industry-first partnership was shaped – the Single Integrated External Legal Team (SIELT) – made up of BCLP, Pinsent Masons and Heathrow's in-house team.

This is the third award the SIELT team has won in recent months, having previously been named Energy and Infrastructure Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2018 and Energy and Infrastructure Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2019. The BCLP team working on the project is led by Partners Tim Smith and James Good.

The Legal Week Innovation Awards 2019 took place May 24 at The Landmark London.