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The Financial Times is inviting submissions and nominations of innovative in-house legal teams for this year’s FT North America Innovative Lawyers report.

The report is open to legal teams based in the whole of North America. For the purpose of this report, we will treat the North American region as including the US, Canada and Mexico only.

Last year, the US report featured 25 in-house legal teams for innovations that ranged from working with government to develop new areas of law, to transforming the way they work with law firms through new uses of technology or long-term strategic planning.

In-house lawyers in North America continue to play important leadership roles within their businesses,within the profession and in society more broadly. Clients continue to be the main drivers of innovation, and the report aims to recognise those individuals and teams at the forefront of that change.

The FT Innovative Lawyers reports are among the most respected rankings of lawyers in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. They are distributed with the Financial Times newspaper and are also available online at www.ft.com.

The in-house lawyers section of the FT Innovative Lawyers Report is supported by White & Case.


Innovations can cover a particular initiative or the whole legal department. We are interested in how in-house lawyers are driving change in aspects of their roles and functions. For example, as legal advisers, operational managers, purchasers, risk managers, strategic advisers or thought leaders.

All submissions and nominations should include contact details for the general counsel or lead in-house lawyer. Submissions and nominations must cover innovations or initiatives implemented or significantly progressed since January 1, 2014.

We are aware that in-house teams are extremely busy and often lack the time to prepare submissions.

Therefore, we will accept any of the following:

1. A short nomination for your department or team with a brief description of why you feel you should be considered. We will then contact you to conduct an in-depth interview to assess whether you should feature in the report.

2. A full written submission, detailing your innovations and why you feel they have added value to the business.

3. Nominations of your peers.

The deadline for submissions and nominations is August 21, 2015.


• Submissions may be made by in-house teams for themselves.

• Submissions should detail your innovations and why you feel they have added value to the business, citing examples and any evidence of success.

• Submissions should include contact details for the general counsel and a senior internal commercial reference.

• Digital copies of the submissions should be emailed to ftresearch@rsgconsulting.com, clearly labelled with the name of the submitting organisation and the category to which the submission relates


For your own team

If you do not have time to prepare a formal submission, you can still enter your team simply by using the nomination process.

To nominate your own team, send us an email (ftresearch@rsgconsulting.com) with your contact details and a brief reason why you are nominating your team. We will then contact you to conduct an interview.

For peer teams

If you would like to nominate a team in another company that has impressed you with its innovation, simply send us an email with the name of the company, the general counsel and a brief reason for your nomination. Please include contact details for the general counsel at the nominated company if possible.

All nominations should be made via email to ftresearch@rsgconsulting.com, with the subject line

“Nomination for FT Innovative Lawyers 2015 in-house section”.

If you would prefer to make your nominations by phone, contact the RSG research team at +44 20 7831 0300.


• There is no fee for submissions or nominations for the FT Innovative Lawyers reports.

• The FT and RSG Consulting accept no responsibility for the loss of or damage to material submitted.Submissions will not be returned.

• The FT reserves the right to publish the names of the company, firm or lawyers contained in the shortlist of outstanding entries, details and descriptions of all entries and details of winners. All entrants grant the FT a perpetual, non-exclusive licence to publish details and descriptions of entries, and agree to participate in publicity reasonably requested by the FT regarding their entry.

• The FT acknowledges that copyright in all entries remains vested with the entrants.

• Please do not include any confidential information in your entry that you do not wish to enter the public domain, because the FT is unable to guarantee that such information will not be published asset out above. Any inclusion of confidential information in an entry is at the entrant’s sole risk and responsibility, and in knowledge of the FT’s request not to do so.

• The FT reserves the right to cancel, postpone or suspend FT Innovative Lawyers 2015at any time.

• By submitting an entry, entrants will be deemed to have read, understood and agreed to these terms and conditions on behalf of their firm or organisation.

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