Travers Smith LLP is delighted to have received awards for Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year and ESG Initiative of the Year at Law.com's annual British Legal Awards. The Awards took place on 23 November.
Travers Smith received its Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year award for its representation of Hewlett-Packard companies ("HP") in the widely-reported US$5bn "tech trial of the century" arising out of HP's acquisition of Autonomy, a FTSE100 software company. The Travers Smith team was led by Partner Toby Robinson and Senior Consultant Andrew King. Earlier this year, the team won "Commercial Litigation Team of the Year" at the Legal Business Awards for its work on the same case.
Travers Smith was also awarded ESG Initiative of the Year for its work establishing the Domestic Abuse Response Alliance (DARA), a multi-firm advocacy alliance, representing survivors of domestic abuse who are not eligible for legal aid but who cannot afford to pay for private representation. Led by Sam Cottman, this work included structuring the project, securing funding from multiple funders, creating the governance framework, facilitating expert family law supervision and training for volunteer lawyers and creating a bespoke case management system and website. After the number of at-risk individuals rose during the pandemic, the firm launched DARA, bringing together over 300 lawyers from nine firms to help clients from the National Centre for Domestic Violence access emergency protection. At this year's Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Europe Awards, the firm won "Innovation in Responsible Business" for its work on DARA.