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London, UK – 14 March 2012: Major Legal Firm Wins IT Awards with Commelius Support.

One of the leading law organisations in the UK, Hill Dickinson, won two awards this year at the premier event for the legal technology community known as TheKnowList.

The firm received the awards for Business project of the year and IT team of the year for its Red October project, designed to improve system availability and user experience by re-engineering Hill Dickinson’s IT infrastructure. Training provider Commelius provided vital support to Hill Dickinson throughout the project.

“We have never applied for TheKnowList awards before. Our motivation this year was a recent major infrastructure project which included the transformation of our IT training department achieved with Commelius’s help”, says Keith Feeny, IT & Operations Director at Hill Dickinson. “It is this year that everything changed for the better in our IT learning team. We went from having reactive trainers to a coherent team focused upon actively improving IT skills in our firm.”

The organisations launched their strategic partnership in July last year, with the aim to improve work efficiency at Hill Dickinson through the development of IT skills and by creating employee training experiences. Since the beginning of the project nine months ago, the firm has already reported many positive achievements, which include the two awards.

Mr. Feeny adds, “We realise that ‘IT know-how’ adds a huge value to the services our lawyers deliver to our clients and we’re working on our vision to be regarded as one of the most IT literate law firms in the world. We couldn’t be more delighted to have won the awards.”

Pat Coates, Business Development Director at Commelius, sees the latest achievements of this client as an outcome of good working relationship between the two organisations. He believes that by winning the two IT awards this year, Hill Dickinson is proving the firm is on its way to achieving their goal.


About Commelius

Commelius is one of Europe’s leading providers of blended learning solutions and the trusted partner of many FTSE 250 organisations. Their portfolio includes work with NHS, Royal Mail Group, ITV and Heathrow Express.

Established in 2001, Commelius develops innovative and award-winning workforce performance optimisation programmes and delivers them to tens of thousands of staff each year. Using the latest blended learning approaches, Commelius enables organisations to develop the skills of its people so they can deliver on their business goals - whilst increasing the value of training and reducing its cost by half. For more information visit Website:

About Hill Dickinson

Hill Dickinson LLP is a leading and award winning commercial law firm with more than 190 partners, 1400 people and offices in Liverpool, Manchester, London, Chester, Sheffield, Piraeus and Singapore. The firm offers a comprehensive range of legal services and invests strongly in their relationships, ensuring the organisations it represents benefit from a seamless and fully integrated service.

The firm celebrated its 200th year in 2010 and launched a major charity drive, working with the Community Foundation Network, now known as Forever Manchester, to raise vital funds for a number of charities.

Hill Dickinson was awarded National Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2010 (an award which the firm won in 2005) and the Corporate Law Firm of the Year at the Insider Northwest Dealmakers Awards 2010.

Hill Dickinson is a major force in insurance and although already well respected in the company and commercial arena, was significantly enhanced by the acquisition of Halliwells’ Liverpool and Sheffield offices in July 2010. The firm has a highly reputable commercial litigation practice and its marine expertise is internationally renowned. Hill Dickinson is also widely regarded as a leader in the fields of intellectual property, health services, NHS clinical/health-related litigation and private client advice. The firm’s clients include multi-national companies, major corporations, UK plcs, insurance companies, UK and foreign banks and financial institutions as well as public sector organisations, private individuals and public and professional bodies.

Press Contact

For Commelius enquires contact Aneta Sokolowska
T: +44 (0) 207 024 4859

For Hill Dickinson enquires contact Cathy Nixon
T: +44 (0) 151 600 8542

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