Wragge & Co has been named the UK’s most client-focused law firm at an awards ceremony.
The firm won the title at the Legal Technology Awards, beating off competition from Ashurst, Berwin Leighton Paisner, DLA Piper and Halliwells.
Quentin Poole, the senior partner at the Birmingham firm said: “This is a fantastic achievement, which celebrates both excellent client service and innovation. By taking the best that technology has to offer and using it to enhance the way we work with clients, we have shown ourselves to be leaders in the market.”
Wragge is the biggest law firm in Birmingham by fee-earner numbers, and attributes its success to focusing more on its Birmingham office than many City law firms.
Derek Southall, a partner and head of strategic development, said: “Wragge & Co has a strong record for providing innovative legal advice and solutions.
“At a time when law firms are under more pressure than ever to deliver added value, winning this award for outstanding client service is a real coup.”
Judges for the law award said Wragge stood out for its bespoke IT consultancy service.
The firm combines its legal and IT work, to help in-house legal teams deal with key issues which affect them, such as risk, fee, document, email and panel management.
In 2007, this consultancy service won the information technology innovation award in the Financial Times’s first survey of Europe’s most innovative law firms.
In its 2008 survey, the FT ranked Wragge & Co as Europe’s seventh most innovative law firm.
Wragge has completed several high-profile cases in recent weeks.
Corporate partners recently advised on the merger between Aston-based opticians Dollond & Aitchison and Boots Opticians to form one of the country’s largest eyecare companies.
Intellectual property lawyers also successfully defended aircraft seat manufacturer Contour after it was sued by Virgin Atlantic, which claimed it had breached copyright with some of its designs.
And most recently, the firm’s property experts advised international real estate group Goodman on its £17m acquisition of a 220-acre site near Heathrow airport from Argent