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Allens recognised for IT innovation in LawTech awards

31 October 2016

Allens has been recognised for its IT leadership and innovative approach to green IT in the Chilli IQ Lawtech Awards, taking out Legal IT Leader of the Year (Large Firm) and Green IT Initiative of the Year.

Beth Patterson, Allens' Chief Legal and Technology Services Officer, was recognised for her leadership in the development of legal technologies, winning the Legal IT Leader of the Year (Large Firm) award on behalf of the Arrow team.

Beth leads the Allens' a+ group, a team of 70 multidisciplinary technical, legal, and project management professionals who work with lawyers and clients to deliver integrated, market-leading technologies combined with low-cost document review solutions.

She leads Allens' AI strategy and was recognised for her leadership in the application of artificial intelligence, analytics and predictive coding.

Allens also took out the Green IT Initiative of the Year for its data centre transformation, which involved migration to more energy efficient virtual servers through a high security remote data centre with new infrastructure.

As a result of the migration, total IT infrastructure power use is now down to 26 per cent of the 2008 level.

Thanks to the data centre transformation and other initiatives, the firm expects to have saved 20,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2020 – equivalent to the annual output of 1428 average Australian households.

'The pace and scale of change in technology in the legal sector is unprecedented, and is enabling us to create new and innovative approaches to solving our clients' business problems,' said Chief Operating Officer Rod Fielding.

'As a firm, we are constantly investing in new technologies to deliver greater efficiencies for our clients and improve the way our business is run, including through our award-winning approach to sustainability.

'Congratulations to Beth and the Arrow and IT teams for this well-deserved recognition. It is immensely gratifying to be rewarded for our leadership, both as individuals and as a firm, in this growing and transformative field of law.'

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Allens is a commercial law firm working throughout Australia and Asia. Through its integrated alliance with Linklaters it provides clients access to 39 offices in 28 countries around the world.