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We are pleased to announce the winners of the FT European Innovative Lawyer Awards 2016, held at the Natural History Museum in London, in association with research partner RSG Consulting.

Most Innovative European Law Firm

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Linklaters (pictured two below)

Most Innovative European Law Firm (outside the UK)


Legal Innovator of the Year

Charlotte Stalin, Simmons & Simmons

Young Legal Innovator of the Year

Sponsored by Rosemary Martin

Lise Damelet, Orrick Rambaud Martel

Most Innovative European In-House Lawyer

Sponsored by Allen & Overy

Maria Varsellona, Nokia

Most Innovative European In-House Legal Team

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Special Achievement winner James Thornton of ClientEarth at the FT European Innovative Lawyer Awards 2016 © Mark Green

Special Achievement Award

James Thornton, chief executive, ClientEarth (pictured above)

Innovation in Legal Expertise: Speed and Process

Simmons & Simmons

Indian Minimum Alternative Taxation (“MAT”) litigation solution for foreign investors.

Innovation in Legal Expertise: Navigating Regulation


Created the UK’s first tax-transparent fund vehicle.

Innovation in Legal Expertise: Restructuring and Re-organisation

Allen & Overy

Created a new holding investment for Piraeus Bank’s restructuring.

Innovation in Legal Expertise: Strategic Collaborations for Clients

King & Wood Mallesons

Created the legal framework for Recipico’s ECO Capacity Exchange, allowing members to trade goods and services using a new virtual currency.

Innovation in Legal Expertise: New Markets and Capital

Latham & Watkins

Established a pan-European peer-to-peer lending platform for SME loans financed by microbonds.

The team from Linklaters, winner of Most Innovative European Law Firm, with presenters Michael Skapinker, FT, and Reena SenGupta, RSG Consulting, at the FT European Innovative Lawyer Awards 2016 © Mark Green

Innovation in Legal Expertise: Securitisation

Herbert Smith Freehills and Virgin Atlantic

Securitisation of Virgin Atlantic’s landing slots at Heathrow airport, the first in Europe.

Innovation in Legal Expertise: Mergers and Acquisitions

Slaughter and May

Reverse acquisition of Mediclinic by Al Noor.

Innovation in Legal Expertise: Driving Value for Clients

Gowling WLG

Global IP enforcement for Dyson’s bladeless fans.

Innovation in Legal Expertise: General

Uría Menéndez

Designed a tax efficient structure for ACI Airport SudAmérica to raise capital.

Innovation in Social Responsibility

Tie: Herbert Smith Freehills

The Fair Deal for Sierra Leone programme.

Tie: Sidley Austin

The Emerging Enterprises Pro Bono Programme

Innovation in Resourcing and Efficiency

Addleshaw Goddard

A Managed Legal Services offering in collaboration with US firm DWT for Microsoft’s procurement and contract team.

Presenters Michael Skapinker, FT, and Reena SenGupta, RSG Consulting, at the FT European Innovative Lawyer Awards 2016 © Mark Green

Innovation in Human Resources

Hogan Lovells

An advanced distributive leadership training programme for lawyers in collaboration with Saïd Business School.

Innovation in Technology and Data Analytics

Sponsored by EY

Riverview Law

Kim: a new cognitive computing application to help in-house lawyers manage legal instructions and processes.

Innovation in Business Development and Knowledge Sharing

Tie: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

Developing and increasing access to the alternative finance industry for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Tie: Pinsent Masons

Blended insurance product for pensions clients.

The VdA team, Most innovative European law firm (outside the UK), with Michael Skapinker and Reena SenGupta © Mark Green

Innovation in Culture, Brand and Strategy


A strategic shift to become a multidisciplinary partnership focusing on reputation risk.

Innovation in New Models


Europe’s first public interest law firm, using the law as a strategic tool to protect environment and human health.

Innovation in Operational Change In-House

Sponsored by Allen & Overy

Dell Emea

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