Sorainen has been shortlisted for the “Most Innovative Law Firm in Europe (non-UK)” award in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards 2021. We are the only law firm from the Baltics and Belarus nominated for this prestigious award.
Additionally, we were nominated in the “Innovation in Social Justice” category for our Shared Mission programme.
The awards, established by the Financial Times, highlight law firms and in‐house teams which are digitally advanced and use innovative approaches to deliver exceptional value to business and society. The awards ceremony will take place on 14 October 2021.
The only Baltic and Belarusian firm in the category of the “Most Innovative Law Firms in Europe (non-UK)”
Leda Iržikevičienė, COO of Sorainen, comments: “Innovation is one of the key pillars guiding our strategic direction and bringing us closer to fulfilling our core purpose – to grow prosperity in the Baltic States and Belarus by helping clients succeed in business. We apply innovative approaches in different areas – from implementing cutting-edge technology to supporting positive developments in our markets and society and ensuring our employees’ wellbeing. None of this would be possible without our people, who share the innovation mindset and openness to change.”
We are glad that our efforts and the results of our work have not gone unnoticed by the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards committee, which listed Sorainen among the top 11 most innovative law firms in Europe (non-UK).
Shared Mission programme nominated in the “Innovation in Social Justice” category
We launched our Shared Mission programme at the beginning of the pandemic to support organisations developing projects in the Baltics or Belarus that help to solve issues related to Covid-19. In 2020, we provided free-of-charge (pro bono) legal and tax services to selected organisations, thus allocating EUR 100,000 worth of support. After the success of the Shared Mission programme 2020, we decided to make it a part of our sustainability strategy and run it annually.
Since the programme started in April 2020, we have received more than 75 applications and assisted more than 40 projects. Over 100 employees of four Sorainen offices have been involved in the implementation of the programme.
Some of our innovative projects and initiatives
- Assisting innovative companies and initiatives in the framework of our Shared Mission programme: conducting landmark analysis of regulations connected to food donation in Estonia, assisting Mindletic (a mobile app offering psychological support globally) and Uvireso (which develops personal ultraviolet light respirators and offers other UV irradiation engineering solutions) as well as many others.
- Implementing cutting-edge legal technologies and AI: Green Meadow Document Drafter, a document automation tool; Luminance, an artificial intelligence technology which streamlines M&A due diligence processes; xLaw, a knowledge management system; Nuix, a data analytics tool; Jarvis, an in-house developed practice management system; and others.
- Helping to establish the first-of-its-kind State Aid Fund for Business, which is dedicated to investing in enterprises affected by Covid-19 in Lithuania.
- Contributing to startup sector development in the Baltics and Belarus through collaborations with Startup Estonia and other accelerators, angel investors and venture capital associations.
- Carrying out initiatives to improve the wellbeing of our employees: offering consultations with mental health professionals, compensation for home office improvements, half-day off on Fridays during the summer months, and others.