DLA Piper’s Aiscension, a ground-breaking AI-enabled service designed to find cartel risks within organisations, has been named the winner of the Most Innovative Use of Technology award at The Lawyer Awards 2021. The firm was also commended in the Energy & Infrastructure Team of the Year category for its work advising sustainable UK infrastructure development company Iduna on its crowdfunding campaign to help build Greater Manchester’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
The Lawyer Awards, which was held as a virtual ceremony on Tuesday 2 November 2021, recognises the top legal teams in the industry, celebrating innovation and best practice among private practice lawyers, senior corporate counsel, legal operations professionals, and barristers and chambers management teams. Winners were chosen for their work on challenging and pioneering projects and initiatives across a variety of markets, as well as their collaboration with clients and other teams.
Ilan Sherr, legal director at DLA Piper and Executive Director of Aiscension, commented: “It is very encouraging for the team behind Aiscension to be recognised for its hard work on such an exciting and potentially market changing project. The cost effectiveness and efficiency that Aiscension offers clients a new way of understanding and mitigating cartel risk. As part of DLA Piper’s Law& offering, Aiscension is a shining example of how the firm drives innovation and challenges the way in which we support our clients.”
In addition to these accolades, DLA Piper was shortlisted in the following categories:
- Best Client Service Innovation, for Transfer – a pioneering data transfer tool designed to address the impact of the Schrems II decision made by the Court of Justice of the European Union
- Real Estate Team of the Year, for its work advising Blackstone Capital Partners and Blackstone Real Estate Advisors on the acquisition of Bourne Leisure Group, the largest Hospitality and Leisure deal in UK history.