Baker & McKenzie scooped two awards at this year's Legal Technology Awards with the Firm's global CIO, Sue Hall, named as IT director of the year and the Firm's offshoring work in the Philippines as best outsourcing/offshoring project for 2006.
Sue Hall was appointed CIO at Baker & McKenzie in April 2004 and leads a team of almost 400 IT professionals. Sue was rewarded for a number of key achievements including her successful management and coordination of IT across 70 offices worldwide and her leadership in delivering global initiatives such as the implementation of a standard document management system and the setting up of a global help-desk function in the Firm's offshore centre in the Philippines.
The Outsourcng/Offshoring Award was given in recognition of the Firm's success in placing its global help desk, computer programming service and network operations centre offshore in Manila. These have already delivered significant annual cost savings and improved service delivery across the Firm's 9000 staff.
Russell Lewin, partner and a member of the Firm's executive committee commented: "Technology is the essential nervous system for any legal business and, as such, its functional quality and efficiency makes an enormous difference to organisational health. Allied to her formidable energy and organisational savvy, Sue has a genuine feel for the underlying drivers of the Firm as well as a rare ability to make technology explicable. What she and the IT team in Manila have achieved is truly ground breaking. I am delighted that she, and they, have received this public recognition for their achievements."
The Legal Technology Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in the provision and implementation of technology solutions for the benefit of legal practice and recognise the success of the firms and vendors, clients and suppliers, who are at the cutting edge. The Awards are run in association with Legal Business magazine and the winners were announced on 19 January 2006.