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FT Innovative Lawyers Europe 2017 is a rankings report and awards for Europe-based lawyers. Shortlists for the awards comprise the top scoring submissions in each ranking.

The FT and its research partner, RSG Consulting, have devised a unique methodology to rank lawyers on innovation. Law firms, in-house legal teams and other legal service organisations are invited to make submissions.

This year, we invited law firms, legal service providers and in-house legal teams to submit work into four broad areas: legal expertise, the business of law, collaboration, and the rule of law and access to justice. We looked at lawyers’ work from the perspective of the business challenges they were trying to solve rather than their own legal practice areas.

For the FT Innovative Lawyers Report for Europe 2017, we received 1,006 submissions and nominations from 112 law firms and legal service providers and 110 in-house legal teams. Research was conducted by a team of RSG researchers between June and August 2017. RSG conducted interviews with over 650 clients, senior lawyers, executives and experts to arrive at the final rankings.

Each entry is scored out of 10 points for originality, leadership and impact for a maximum score of 30. They are then benchmarked against each other to arrive at the final rankings.

FT 50: The most innovative law firms and legal service providers

The FT 50 ranking is an aggregate of each law firm and legal service provider’s performance in the report. The total score is the sum of scores for all ranked entries in the following 14 law firm and legal service provider categories of the report:

■ Legal Expertise: total score for entries ranked in the following five categories: Dispute Resolution; Driving value; Enabling Business Growth; Managing Complexity and Scale; New Markets and Capital.

■ Business of Law: total score for entries ranked in the following seven categories: Data, Knowledge and Intelligence; New Business and Delivery Models; New Products and Services; Start-ups; Strategy and Changing Behaviours; Talent; Technology.

■ Collaboration

■ Rule of Law and Access to Justice

The most innovative European in-house legal teams

This overall ranking is an aggregate of each in-house legal team’s performance in the report. The total score is the sum of scores for all ranked entries in the following 13 in-house legal categories of the report.

■ Operations: total score for entries ranked in the following five categories: Data, Knowledge and Intelligence; New Business and Delivery Models; Strategy and Changing Behaviours; Talent; Technology.

■ Legal Expertise: total score for entries ranked in the following six categories: New Products and Services; Dispute Resolution; Driving Value; Enabling Business Growth; Managing Complexity and Scale; New Markets and Capital.

■ Collaboration

■ Rule of Law and Access to Justice

Judges

The winner of the Legal Innovator of the Year award is decided from a shortlist of 10 by a panel of judges: Harriet Arnold, editor, FT Innovative Lawyers; Stuart Barr, chief product and strategy officer, HighQ; Liam Brown, founder and executive chairman, Elevate; John Croft, president, Elevate; Jacqueline de Gernier, vice-president for sales, DocuSign; Rob Miller, chief legal officer, Improbable; Reena SenGupta, chief executive, RSG Consulting; Michael Skapinker, contributing editor, FT; Barney Thompson, legal correspondent, FT

RSG Consulting

The RSG Consulting research team has decades of experience analysing the legal profession. Reena SenGupta, RSG chief executive, helped to launch the FT’s Law & Business page in 2001, and has been a regular writer on the legal profession for the FT for 16 years.

RSG Research team

Reena SenGupta, Yasmin Lambert, Lucy Pearson, Kirsty-Anne Jasper, Georgie Lyon, Maxine Johnson, Francesca Howard, Emilia Yau

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About this Special Report

In this edition: — the rule of law, legal equality and political freedom —the top 50 law firms and legal service providers; in-house legal teams ranked for innovation alongside firms; top 10 individual innovators; the rule of law and access to justice; and collaboration as a business model

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