DWF is a global legal business, supplying services not only to the global legal market but also providing complementary connected services to our clients. Our purpose is to transform legal services through our people for our clients using our three principal strategic objectives: understanding our clients, engaging our people and doing things differently.
Innovation is at the forefront of our strategy to provide a competitive and differentiated offering for our clients. We believe innovation will enable us to become the go-to partner for outsourced legal and connected services. Technology plays an important role across all our operations and service delivery enabling us to offer new technology and software solutions directly to clients. It is the cornerstone of our service development and product innovation and also helps us to optimise the development of new workflows and tools, and supports data analytics and project management solutions.
A culture of Innovation is supported by our ideas incubator and innovation company DWF Ventures. DWF Ventures is a wholly owned company, which concentrates on client-focused research and development opportunities, as well as nurturing early-growth services.
DWF is ranked the 11th most innovative legal business in Europe in the 2018 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report. The Financial Times also recognised our Managing Partner and CEO Andrew Leaitherland as one of the top ten innovative lawyers in Europe, as a nominee for the Innovative Lawyer Awards in 2018.
Our Insurance division has also won a number of awards between 2016 and 2018 demonstrating its profile in the market and its market-leading use of technology to advise clients and handle claims. Our awards include The British Insurance Awards Outsource Provider of the Year 2018, the Insurance Post Insurance Law Firm of the year 2018, the Scott Awards 2018 (Scotland), the Insurance Times Fraud Prevention Solution of the Year 2018, Insurance Times Legal Partner of the Year 2018 and the Fraud Awards Intelligence and Investigation Awards 2017.