Barton Legal’s involvement in UK legal first results in 'Technology Venture of the Year' Award
British Legal Technology Awards 2020.
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We are delighted to have won 'Technology Venture of the Year' award at this year’s British Legal Technology Awards. Beating stiff competition from other specialist legal firms across the UK, our winning entry focussed on handling the first ever trial conducted entirely in the Technology and Construction Courts (TCC).
We are proud our pioneering use of technology facilitating the first ever civil trial in the Technology and Construction Courts in English legal history on a virtual basis, has been recognised with this award. The trial is an excellent example of how Covid-19 has resulted in a 'new normal' for the legal sector and has tremendous scope for construction litigation, where we predict more remote hearings, resulting in quicker and cheaper disputes, ensuring England & Wales remains the world’s leading dispute resolution centre.
Commenting on the award Bill Barton, Director said: “We are extremely proud to have won this award, in recognition not just for our construction expertise and use of technology, but also our world-leading legal system. The significance of the case is huge and points to technology powering one of the biggest shifts in courtroom history. It is great to see the legal sector embracing such change and we are proud of the role we have played in proving the function technology has to play for one of the UK’s oldest professions.”
Announcing the award, Ian Jeffery commented that Barton Legal had: “risen to the challenge of meeting clients’ needs and serving in the interests of justice in the pandemic. They showed bravery in technology choices, diligence in project planning and skills in communication and excellent teamwork throughout. They were able to show strong and positive feedback from the client and all members of the wider legal team – particularly with a generous share of practical lessons learned by fellow members of the legal profession both in the UK and internationally”.
Peters & Peters, who transferred the case to Barton Legal to provide specialist construction advice to the claimants, added: “Barton Legal did more than just do their best, they joined a team and adapted it to get the best out of everyone. What must not be overlooked is that the size of the law firm is not proportionate to their effectiveness, but requires leadership and management which is provided in heaps at Barton Legal!”