The ALPMA/LexisNexis Thought Leadership Awards seek to recognise any project where a law firm is doing things differently across all aspects of operations, business development and technology.

Entries are now open for the seventh annual ALPMA/LexisNexis Thought Leadership Awards and nominations can be submitted up until 12 July 2019.

Winners will be presented at a gala dinner to be held at the Plaza Ballroom on Thursday 5 September 2019 in Melbourne as part of the 2019 ALPMA Summit.

ALPMA President Dion Cusack believes the 2019 ALPMA Summit with a theme of Road Map to Transformation – Move Forward with Confidence is the perfect opportunity to recognise innovation.

“Operating within a rapidly changing industry can be daunting, and even more so, without a clear framework in place. The ALPMA Summit will provide guidance about how to best approach the changing world we live in and assist to answer critical questions that define the pathway forwards. The ALPMA/LexisNexis Thought Leadership Award acknowledges those who are already leading the way,” said Mr Cusack.

With a simple online entry system and only five questions to answer, the ALPMA/LexisNexis Thought Leadership Awards are designed to have a straightforward entry process with no outside help or agency assistance needed.

Award entrants should provide an overview of their project or innovation, with a short outline of how it overcomes defined industry challenges, its impact on staff and customers, and why it deserves recognition.

LexisNexis returns as the sponsor of the Awards in 2019, continuing a valuable partnership that LexisNexis Managing Director Australia, Mr Simon Wilkins, says just makes sense.

“We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with ALPMA to identify the legal industry’s most forward-thinking projects and people. By combining the legal expertise and resources of LexisNexis with ALPMA’s outstanding industry knowledge, we are expecting the judging of this year’s awards to again be a valuable process for both nominees and the industry at large,” said Mr Wilkins.

In 2018 the ALPMA/LexisNexis Thought Leadership Award was presented to Adieu Legal for its Consensus Accelerator Program, a collaborative divorce platform, combining artificial intelligence with family law experts to create a ‘consensus accelerator’, reaching property and financial settlements in a fraction of the traditional time.

Andrew Wight, CEO of Adieu Legal, was thrilled with the win, saying the consensus accelerator is an audacious project, particularly for the legal industry.

“We’re aiming to completely change the way that humans resolve conflict. Our technology helps people to come to agreements that have legal and financial complexity, in timeframes that just weren’t possible before,” said Mr Wight.

In addition to Adieu Legal, previous Awards winners include Mills Oakley, Maddocks, LegalVision, Hive Legal and Anderssen Lawyers.

The Thought Leadership Awards are open now, with entries closing on 12 July. Firms wishing to enter must be an ALPMA member and must also be available in Sydney for filming on 12 August.

More information and the online entry form are available at