Innovation leads the way
by Andy Bryenton
A local law firm has achieved a prestigious title among its peers, as the only Northland practice to scoop an innovation award in the NZ Lawyer’s 2020 accolades.
Times have changed since the establishment of WRMK Lawyers in 1930, but keeping ahead of the technological curve has become a driving force for this practice.
In all, 17 Kiwi firms were recognised for embracing change and driving the legal profession forward in the 2020 awards, with many from the large centres, and only a single Northland firm making the cut.
Areas of innovation covered by this year’s winners include new products, services and delivery, staff diversity and inclusion, business models and workplace culture, processes, pricing, marketing, client experience, staff training and development, and automation.
WRMK has a history of innovation, being one of the first law firms in New Zealand to transition to a digital office back in 2012.
Managing Director Wayne McKean says: “Innovating and adapting are key to organisations surviving and thriving, especially in our current uncertain environment. We are delighted to have our efforts recognised. Our culture of innovation has allowed us to move quickly to ensure we are meeting our clients’ needs during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
It’s not the first time WRMK has been recognised on the national stage. The firm won the Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year and Employer of Choice in the 50 staff or less category at the NZ Law Awards 2019.
“Our people have worked from home throughout the lockdown, accessing client files through our digital office and secure network, conducting virtual client meetings and document signings through audio-visual links, as well as attending to court matters,” says McKean.