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This year we aim to feature general counsel and in-house teams that have demonstrated innovation in any of the following areas:

■ Talent engagement and development

■ Managing and developing the internal legal function

■ Managing external legal service providers

■ Managing costs and adding value to the business

■ Use of technology or knowledge management systems

■ Risk management

■ Promoting greater diversity in the legal sector

■ As strategic advisers to the business


28 February 2014 – deadline for submissions

■ May 2014 – publication of the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers report in the FT and launch event in Hong Kong

How to submit

■ Innovations can cover the whole department or a particular initiative.

■ Submissions should provide contact details for the general counsel and internal commercial referees.

■ The innovation must be primarily driven out of an office in the Asia-Pacific region of the business.

■ Submissions and nominations are invited on any innovative process or practice put into place since January 2012.

■ Submissions can be as short as one paragraph, and as long as 1,000 words.

■ Submissions and any additional material you wish to include should be emailed to ftresearch@rsgconsulting.com in Microsoft Word format, clearly labelled with the name of the submitting organisation.

Assessment of submissions

■ Submissions and nominations are assessed according to their originality, business alignment, value creation and impact.

■ Each of the four criteria is scored out of 10, so the maximum score for a submission is 40.

Short of time?

■ We are aware that in-house teams are busy and often lack the time to send full submissions. If you do not have time to complete a full submission, you can nominate yourself and the RSG research team will follow up with a telephone assessment of your innovation.

■ If you prefer, you can also nominate a peer in-house legal team at another organisation, providing contact details for the appropriate person for the research team to contact.

To do either of the above, please email details of your nomination to: ftresearch@rsgconsulting.com

Click here for conditions of entry, details of the launch event, and contact details for any enquiries.

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