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Law firms and in-house legal teams are invited to submit their innovations. These are then fully researched through client, lawyer and expert interviews. No entry appears in the Financial Times report without thorough research and analysis. Market experts are also consulted on selected submissions.

For the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Report 2016, we received more than 460 submissions and nominations from 72 law firms and 82 in-house legal teams.

These were scrutinised by researchers from RSG Consulting between February and May 2016. We conducted interviews and received feedback from 326 clients, senior lawyers and executives to arrive at the final rankings.

Firms were divided into Asia-Pacific and international (headquartered within or outside the Asia-Pacific region, respectively). Each firm receives a score out of 10 on originality, rationale and impact, for a maximum score of 30. They are benchmarked against each other to arrive at the final rankings. Lawyers are ranked for delivering exceptional value to business.

The In-House Lawyers rankings are drawn from nominations as well as submissions, but all entries require third-party validation and commendation.

FT Law 25

The FT Law 25 rankings are a pure aggregate of each law firm’s scores for ranked submissions across the private practice categories of the report. Separate rankings cover Asia-Pacific firms and international firms, headquartered outside the region.

Innovative Individuals

The 10 Innovative Individuals are selected from nominations and submissions to all categories of the report. They are selected on the basis of particularly strong client reviews, interviews, additional written responses and a history of professional achievement.

A panel of judges from the FT and RSG selects the winner from the shortlist of 10. This year, the judges were Michael Skapinker, associate editor, FT; Josh Spero, commissioning editor, Innovative Lawyers; and Reena SenGupta, chief executive, RSG Consulting.

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