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We are pleased to announce the winners of the FT European Innovative Lawyer Awards 2018, held at the Natural History Museum in London, in association with research partner RSG Consulting.

Explore the full rankings on ft.com/innovative-lawyers

Most innovative law firm in Europe

• Allen & Overy

Most innovative in-house legal team in Europe

• Veon

Most Innovative law firm in Europe (outside the UK)

• Cuatrecasas

Legal innovator of the year (joint award)

• Jonathan Brayne, Allen & Overy and Julia Salasky, CrowdJustice

Most innovative general counsel

• Scott Dresser, Veon

Innovation in the rule of law and access to justice

• White & Case and Accept

Innovation in data, knowledge and intelligence

• Linklaters
• Wartsila Corporation (in-house)

Innovation in managing and developing talent

• Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
• Dell EMC (in-house)

Innovation in new business and service delivery models

• ASB Law
• The Carlyle Group (in-house)

Innovation in new products and services

• Baker McKenzie
• Aviva (in-house)

Whale of a time: the FT Innovative Lawyers: Europe awards 2018 at the Natural History Museum © Gareth Davies

Innovation in strategy and changing behaviours

• Cuatrecasas
• ING Bank (in-house)

Innovation in technology

• Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
• Nasdaq (in-house)

Innovation in dispute resolution

• Hausfeld

Innovation in creating a new standard

• Bird & Bird
• The Carlyle Group (in-house)

Innovation in enabling business growth

• Linklaters
• International Finance Corporation (in-house)

Innovation in managing complexity and scale

• Slaughter and May
• Blackstone Real Estate (in-house)

Innovation in new markets and capital

• Allen & Overy
• UBS (in-house)

Innovation in Collaboration

• Cuatrecasas and Ogayar

Spotlight on Ireland

• Innovation in Legal Expertise: Mason Hayes & Curran

• Innovation in Business of Law: A&L Goodbody

• Most Innovative law firm: A&L Goodbody

Left to right: FT legal correspondent Barney Thompson; Kenan Furlong and Ciarán Rogers of A&L Goodbody; and Reena SenGupta, CEO of RSG Consulting © Gareth Davies


FT Innovative Lawyers Europe 2018 is a rankings report and awards for Europe-based lawyers. Shortlists for the awards comprise the top-scoring submissions in each ranking. The Financial Times 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 providers were invited to make submissions. For the FT Innovative Lawyers report for Europe 2018, we received 813 submissions and nominations from 127 law firms and legal service providers and 60 in-house legal teams. Research was conducted by RSG researchers between May and August 2018. We conducted interviews with more than 715 clients, senior lawyers, executives and experts to arrive at the final rankings. Each entry is scored out of 10 points for originality, leader ship 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 13 law firm and legal service provider categories of the report.

The most innovative 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 10 in-house legal categories.


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; Leyla Boulton, FT Special Reports editor; Liam Brown, founder and executive chairman, Elevate; Jane Croft, FT law courts correspondent; John Croft, president and co-founder, Elevate; Madison Darbyshire, FT Special Reports legal communities curator; Jacqueline de Gernier, vice-president for sales, DocuSign; Reena SenGupta, chief executive, RSG Consulting; Barney Thompson, FT legal correspondent; Ram Vasudevan, chief executive and founder, QuisLex RSG Consulting.

The RSG Consulting research team has decades of experience analysing the legal profession. It has a record of devising ranking methodologies for professional services firms. 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 17 years.

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