Added29th August 2013 by Riverview LawRiverview Law

Riverview Law wins international award for its innovative law firm model

The achievement of Riverview Law, the fixed-priced legal services business, in successfully “creating a new model law firm” has been recognised by a coveted international award that recognises outstanding innovation in the delivery of legal services. Now in their ninth year, the InnovAction Awards, presented by the not-for-profit College of Law Practice Management in the US, seek to demonstrate to the legal community what can happen when passionate professionals, with big ideas and strong convictions, resolve to create effective change. The news comes just days after Riverview Law announced plans to double in size by creating up to 100 new posts as a result of a series of FTSE 100 client contract wins. Timothy Corcoran, chair of the awards committee, said: “The winning entries exemplify not only innovation, but the practical necessity for bold ideas to benefit multiple stakeholders. This year’s winners reflect an admirable clients-first approach.” Riverview Law was one of just three winners, and the only one from outside the US. This latest win represents the third major award for Riverview Law in the last ten months and follows the Managing Partners’ Forum Best Emerging Firm award 2013 and recognition as a Standout Legal Industry Pioneer at the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards 2012. Adam Shutkever, the COO of Riverview Law, says: “We are very proud to receive this prestigious international award and for recognition of our clients-first approach. We have always maintained that the real winners from the changes occurring in the legal market are customers. For too long the law has been delivered for the benefit of the lawyers – we are putting the customers first and the benefits for all are clear to see.” Praising Riverview Law for “creating a new model law firm” from the ground up, the judges acknowledged that Riverview Law’s model draws on principles more typically taught in business schools than in law schools, providing a “streamlined fixed-fee business model” based on processes designed around their customers’ needs. Thomas Clay, one of the awards judges, added: “Future survival of a vital and contributing legal profession now depends on the innovative, unstuffy thinking of a few individuals and organizations around the world. It is the mission of the College of Law Practice Management to shine a spotlight on extraordinary thinking and impressive implementation to illustrate what can be accomplished when firms dare to take a risk.” Former Clifford Chance managing partner Tony Williams, now head of UK- based consultants Jomati, was also on the judging panel. The awards will be presented on 4 October at the 2013 Futures Conference, held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the College of Law Practice Management in Chicago.