LAWFUEL – The Law Firm News Wire – DLA Piper received the ‘Business …

LAWFUEL – The Law Firm News Wire – DLA Piper received the ‘Business Continuity Strategy of the Year’ award at the Business Continuity Awards 2007 organised by the leading risk management journal, Continuity Insurance & Risk. The awards, which illustrate and reward examples of best practice in business continuity, took place on 10 May 2007 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The accolade was presented to DLA Piper in recognition of its impressive and comprehensive business continuity strategy, which incorporates innovative ideas such as: embedding business continuity in to the core of all operations and board level support. The award winning business continuity strategy was also noted for its flexible approach, which accommodates the unique qualities associated with the professional services. The strategy has been successfully implemented across DLA Piper’s 63 offices in 24 countries.

The judges, who included: Angela Hobley, senior business continuity manager for the Bank of England; and John Sharp, policy and development director at the Continuity Forum, selected DLA Piper because it demonstrated the successful implementation of its processes, incorporated business impact and risk analysis, embedded business continuity into the business culture of the organisation and provided investment to support the management of the strategy.

Julia Graham, DLA Piper’s Chief Risk Officer across Europe, Asia and the Middle East commented: “The strategy designed by DLA Piper reflects good practice for professional services organisations, as well as the very latest in business continuity standards and benchmarks. Our approach is embedded in the way that we do business, is reflective of the scale and nature of our business and client requirements for assurance, and receives support from the top of the firm, where business continuity is a Board level issue.

“We invest extensively in associated communication, training and the testing of plans, to ensure that plans are fit for purpose and up to date, rather than documents which remain on the shelf in a binder, gathering dust.”

DLA Piper was selected ahead of others, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and HBOS to win ‘Business Continuity Strategy of the Year’ 2007 – a significant industry award.

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