University of Manchester scoops 'Alliance of the Year' award
The Law and Technology Initiative at The University of Manchester won the award for 'Alliance of the Year' at the British Legal Technology Awards. The initiative brings together academics in Law, Business and the School of Computer Sciences, alongside industry partners from Freshfields and DWF, among others.
Launched in September 2018, LaTI serves as a dynamic platform between industry stakeholders, regulatory communities and academics within the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), Department of Computer Science, and the Law School in Social Sciences. The initiative was founded with input from both Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and DWF LLP, though now includes a number of industry partners.
The Initiative brings together practice and research to identify dangers and facilitate opportunities in future policy directions at the interface of law and technology, and to develop the next-generation workforce through innovative curriculum and skills training. Since its conception in 2018, LaTI has also developed a new student module, based around legal technology and access to Justice. Students on the course have the opportunity to work with not-for-profit clients to build apps that will improve their client’s services whilst giving our students a wider knowledge of how legal technology can be used to improve access to justice for all.
Hosted by Netlaw Media, the British Legal Technology Awards acknowledge and reward excellence in Legal Technology and IT Security with the UK and Europe. The awards recognise leadership, innovation and technology as well as the individuals, teams and suppliers transforming the future of legal services.
This award recognises legal service providers and suppliers who have delivered excellence in collaboration between all parties, highlighting the importance of sharing and complimenting best practice and looking outwards rather than inwards. Winning this award is a testament to what academics and industry stakeholders can achieve through working in collaboration, whilst recognising the hard work of all the members involved with the Initiative over the past year.
"The legal tech initiative is a partnership between the university and industry. We think, create and work together in a way that informs how we teach our students and how things might look or work in the future. I am very proud to have been part of the team that has worked hard to get the initiative to where it is today".