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The submissions process for this year’s FT Innovative Lawyers Report for Europe is now open!

This year we are changing the submissions process to remove the constraint of strict categories from the outset thereby allowing submitters more freedom to choose initiatives from any practice area or part of the business. We want to hear where you think your law firm has been most innovative.

There will be two broad sections covering: 1) legal expertise and 2) the business of law.

The legal expertise section will broadly cover the work that lawyers do for their clients. The business of law category will cover initiatives that have helped to differentiate the firm or given it real competitive advantage.

There will be a separate section for in-house legal departments, which will cover the top company, government and non-profit legal functions, a selection of individual in-house innovators, and legal functions that have achieved significant operational transformation.

For full submission guidelines please visit or download the pdf version: FTIL Asia-Pacific 2016 Guidelines

 FT Innovative Lawyers is a unique programme that assesses lawyers on their innovation both for clients and in their own businesses. The programme consists of rankings and awards, based on independent research from RSG Consulting and robust journalism from the FT.  The results are announced at an Awards event, and the rankings are published in both print and online in an FT special report.



FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2016 submission guidelines

We are pleased to announce the launch of the submission process for the Financial Times Asia-Pacific  Innovative Lawyers 2016 report.

FT Innovative Lawyers is a unique programme that assesses commercial lawyers on their innovation both for clients and in their own businesses. The programme consists of rankings and awards, based on independent research and robust editorial investigation, with a published and online report, and an awards event.

The submission deadline is Friday 26 February 2016.  The research process will run from March to May. The report will be published with the Financial Times newspaper globally on Friday 3 June 2016 and launched at the awards event in Hong Kong on the evening of Thursday 2 June 2016. The awards event will recognise the standout innovators across all categories of the report.

There is no cost for submitting entries but the project will be subject to the terms and conditions outlined in detail below.

The FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2016 submission guidelines can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking the link. All submissions and nominations must be made using the online forms listed in the guidelines.

If you have any questions about the research process or guidelines then please contact Lucy Pearson at RSG Consulting on +44 207 831 0300 or by emailing

RSG Consulting teams up with Harvard University

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Vieira de Almeida (VdA): Legal Innovation Pioneers in Portugal

The Case Development Initiative (CDI) at Harvard Law School debuted a new case study on the HLS Case Studies website. CDI is a program that develops role plays and case studies based on strategic and organizational issues that those in the law and other professional settings encounter. These cases focus on real life situations and are suitable for law school classrooms as well as professional development programs. The following blogpost is from one of the authors of the case study.

The 10th FT Europe Innovative Lawyers Report is launched today!

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We are delighted to launch the tenth edition of the FT Europe Innovative Lawyers Report today.

This year’s report and awards attracted 513 submissions and nominations from 143 leading law firms and in-house legal teams across Europe. Last night’s awards ceremony celebrated the most innovative legal work in the region – congratulations to all the winners and the game changers.

Today marks ten years of the FT Innovative Lawyers reports, ten years of research. We have thoroughly enjoyed investigating the profession and talking to so many bold, creative, innovative lawyers over the past ten years.


Investigating the role of the lawyer in shaping the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Businesses face significant challenges in aligning their internal policies and practices to ensure that human rights are respected in their operations. Whilst significant progress has been made, there is still a long way to go in increasing the global respect for human rights in business practices. We recognise that lawyers have a unique and important role to play in furthering the human rights agenda. In light of this, RSG Consulting is conducting a global study that seeks to assess and analyse the current level of implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the role that lawyers are playing in shaping this process.

We are seeking and welcome input from in-house and private practice lawyers for this study. If you are interested in participating, please contact Lucy Pearson at The full report will be shared with all participants.