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FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Europe 2016

London |
Judges include:
Bob Gogel

Bob Gogel


Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

RSG Consulting


Now in its eleventh year of publication, the FT Innovative Lawyers Report has become one of the top legal rankings in Europe and the accompanying awards are widely regarded as the best researched in the market. Over the past decade, it has assessed legal innovation in over 50 different countries from over 400 unique law firms and over 400 company in-house legal departments.

The FT Innovative Lawyers Report represents a unique analysis of the legal industry, assessing lawyers on their innovation both for clients and in their own businesses. We base both the report and awards on thorough research and robust journalism.

This year, the constraint of strict categories was removed from the outset allowing submitters more freedom to choose initiatives from any practice area or part of the business. We will celebrate the standout legal innovations of 2016 at an awards ceremony in London on 5 October.


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2016 Winners



Innovation in Social Responsibility

JOINT WINNERS: Herbert Smith Freehills and Sidley Austin

Innovation in Business Development and Knowledge Management

JOINT WINNERS: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Pinsent Masons

Innovation in Resourcing and Efficiency

Addleshaw Goddard

Innovation in People

Hogan Lovells

Innovation in Technology and Data Analytics

Riverview Law

Innovation in Culture, Brand, and Strategy


Innovation in New Model Legal Businesses


Innovation in Legal Expertise: Accessing New Markets and Capital

Latham & Watkins

Innovation in Legal Expertise: Driving Value for Clients

Gowling WLG

Innovation in Legal Expertise: General

Uría Menéndez

Innovation in Legal Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions

Slaughter and May

Innovation in Legal Expertise: Navigating and Influencing Regulation


Innovation in Legal Expertise: Creating Advantage for Clients Through Speed and Process

Simmons & Simmons

Innovation in Legal Expertise: Restructurings & Reorganisations

Allen & Overy

Innovation in Legal Expertise: Creating New Collaborations

King & Wood Mallesons

Innovation in Legal Expertise: Monetising Assets

Herbert Smith Freehills

Legal Innovator of the Year

Charlotte Stalin, Simmons & Simmons

Young Legal Innovator of the Year

Lise Damelet, Orrick Rambaud Martel

Innovation in Operational Change In-House


Most Innovative European In-House Lawyer

Maria Varsellona, Nokia

Most Innovative European In-House Legal Team

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Special achievement award

James Thornton, ClientEarth

Most innovative European law firm (outside the UK)


Most innovative European law firm



Presented By (3)

Bob Gogel

Bob Gogel

Chief Executive Officer

Bob Gogel has over three decades of experience as both a provider and purchaser of global outsourcing, technology and consulting services. 

A proven senior executive of high-value services businesses, Mr Gogel has held a number of CEO roles in world class outsourcing organisations. He has been active in developing both onshore, near-shore, and offshore service delivery centres for global organisations. He has worked closely with and for private equity firms, multinational companies, and the public sector and is a recognised industry thought leader.

Before joining Integreon as CEO in July 2011, Mr Gogel was CEO of Enrich, the employee benefits consultancy, and has held positions on the executive boards of AXA Group and Siemens Business Services GmbH. Prior to that, he had 17 years of strategy and organisational consulting experience at Gemini Consulting (formerly the MAC Group) as a senior partner in both the US and Europe. His industry focus has been on financial services firms and professional services organisations and he has extensive experience in building teams across multiple countries and cultures.

Mr Gogel is co-founder of a leading think tank – the European Executive Council (EEC), the editor-in-chief of The State of the European Union annual conference, and a member of the faculty teaching the MBA program at HEC in Paris and Shanghai. The author of several business books and a frequent contributor to publications and forums, he holds a BA from Harvard, a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Louvain and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a participant in many of Integreon’s CSR initiatives and believes passionately in improving the communities where Integreon does business.

Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

FT Frequent Flyer columnist
Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

Managing Director
RSG Consulting

Reena SenGupta founded RSG Consulting in 2001 to provide research and consultancy to law firms and in-house counsel. With nearly 30 years’ experience of business and the City, she is known as one of the leading analysts of the legal profession. As editor and publishing director of Chambers & Partners Publishing in the mid-nineties, she devised the research methodology behind the Chambers’ guides to the legal profession and launched the first Chambers Student and Chambers Global guides. In 2005, Ms SenGupta came up with the idea of ranking lawyers on innovation, which has become the FT Innovative Lawyers reports and awards. She is a long-time contributor to the Financial Times and helped to establish the paper’s Law & Business page in 2001.

Ms SenGupta has experience of both big and small businesses and spent the early nineties working in investment banking in London and rescuing a family-owned graphic design business out of recession. A journalist, entrepreneur and now senior consultant, Ms SenGupta is responsible for coming up with the ideas for a number of ground-breaking projects for both clients and RSG Consulting. Among these are the RSG India Report and the Innovative GC Club. She is a regular public speaker on innovation and the legal profession, is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Elements coaching programme and an Asian Woman of Achievement.

2016 Shortlist

Law firms and alternative legal service providers:

20 Essex Street
A&L Goodbody
Addleshaw Goddard
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Allen & Overy
Arthur Cox
asb law
Baker & McKenzie
Bates Wells Braithwaite
Berwin Leighton Paisner
Bird & Bird
Bredin Prat
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
Capital Law
Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira
D2 Legal Technology (D2LT)
Deloitte Abogados
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Fulcrum Chambers
Giannissis & Partners
Gowling WLG
Hassans International Law Firm
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hogan Lovells
Kennedy Van der Laan
King & Wood Mallesons
Latham & Watkins
Lewis Silkin
McCann FitzGerald
Mishcon de Reya
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
NautaDutilh N.V.
Nctm Studio Legale
Norton Rose Fulbright
Obelisk Support
Orrick Rambaud Martel
Paul Hastings
Pinsent Masons
Riverview Law
Shearman & Sterling
Sidley Austin
Simmons & Simmons
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Slaughter and May
Synch Advokat
Taylor Vinters
The InterLaw Diversity Forum
The Forum for US Securities Lawyers in London
Three Crowns
Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii
Uría Menéndez
Vieira de Almeida & Associados (VdA)
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
White & Case
William Fry
Wolf Theiss

Shortlisted general counsel and in-house legal teams:

Ageas Group Legal
Bain Capital
British Business Bank
Cabot Credit Management
DONG Energy
Funding Circle Ltf
Galp Energia
GE Capital International
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
King Digital Entertainment
Lucozade Ribena Suntory
Royal Mail
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
The Crown Estate



Awards Categories

Innovation in legal expertise: Speed and processInnovation in social responsibilityInnovation in legal expertise: Navigating regulationInnovation in resourcing and efficiencyInnovation in legal expertise: Restructurings and re-organisationInnovation in human resourcesInnovation in legal expertise: Strategic collaborations for clientsInnovation in technology and data analyticsInnovation in legal expertise: New markets and capitalInnovation in business development and knowledge sharingInnovation in legal expertise: SecuritisationInnovation in culture, brand, and strategyInnovation in legal expertise: Mergers and AcquisitionsInnovation in new modelsInnovation in legal expertise: Driving value for clientsInnovation in legal expertise: GeneralInnovation in operational change in-houseMost innovative European in-house lawyerMost innovative European in-house legal teamYoung legal innovator of the yearLegal innovator of the yearSpecial achievement awardMost innovative European law firm (outside the UK)Most innovative European law firm


Research methodology 2016

FT Innovative Lawyers Europe 2016 is a rankings report and awards for European-based lawyers. Shortlists for the awards comprise the top ranked submissions in each section of the report.

The FT 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 organisations are invited to submit their innovations. These are then fully researched through telephone interviews. No entry appears in the FT report or awards shortlists without thorough research and analysis including robust client, independent, and expert references.

Each entry is scored out of 10 points for originality, rationale and impact for a maximum score of 30. They are then benchmarked against each other to arrive at the final rankings and shortlists. Lawyers are ranked for delivering exceptional value to business.

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


While the FT Innovative Lawyers awards are researched, a panel of judges is used to decide the winner of the Legal Innovator of the Year and Young Innovator of the Year awards from a shortlist of ten and five individuals respectively, who stood out in the research.


Agenda - 5th Oct

  • 6:45pm
    Guest Arrival, Registration and Networking Champagne Reception
  • 7:30pm
    Welcome Remarks and Dinner
  • 9:25pm
    Awards Ceremony
  • 11:00pm
    Post-Event Networking Drinks


Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD

United Kingdom



The FT Innovative Lawyers Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 5 October, further details can be found below.
Venue and Accommodation
The Awards dinner will take place at the Natural History Museum, London. For venue information please click here;
We have put together a unique HotelMap that shows hotel deals at nearby hotels to the Natural History Museum.To view options and to book, please click here.
Alternatively, if you would like assistance with your hotel booking you can contact Jessica Heili. If you email Jessica with your requirements, phone number and quoting Special Reference Code W-MMDWM to she will get back to you to discuss your hotel options.
Tables are for 10, 11 or 12 guests. Bookings of fewer than 10 tickets will be accommodated together on shared tables.Tables are allocated on a strictly first-come first-served basis. 
Ticket bookings
Click here to register your place
Tickets will be emailed to the main ticket booker one week before the event. It will be the ticket booker's responsibility to forward these to their guests. Please note: You do not need a printed ticket to gain entry to the awards so if you have an problems distributing tickets to your guests this will not be an issue.
Awards Guest Names / Dietary Requirements
Main ticket bookers should input their guest details and dietary requirements by using their username and password to log onto the event website. Please input guest details online by Friday 23 September. We regret that we cannot guarantee being able to cater for special dietary requirements after this date and we require all guests' names in advance.
Who will attend
Over 400 guests will attend.
Evening Programme 
18:45: Guest arrival, registration and networking champagne reception
19:30: Welcome and dinner
21:25: FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Ceremony
23:00: Post-event networking drinks
23:30: Close
Note that timings are approximate and are subject to change. 
Dress Code
The dress code is black tie.
Photographs taken on the night will be available to view and download from our website two days after the event. VideosVideos of the awars ceremony will be available to view on our website shortly after the event.

Charity Partner 
Action Against Hunger saves the lives of malnourished children and provides families with access to safe water and good nutrition. In 2015 we helped over 14.9 million people in nearly 50 countries worldwide, including Syria, South Sudan, Yemen and Nepal.  
Prize draw
Liberty Wines and Charles Heidsieck have kindly donated a case of their 2006 Rosé Millésime. To enter the draw, guests will be invited to purchase tickets on the night, with all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger.Prize donorLiberty Wines and Charles Heidsieck


Organised by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Research partner (1)

RSG Consulting was set up in 2001 by Reena SenGupta, the ex-Publishing Director of Chambers and Partners and the creator of the Chambers rankings and research methodology in the mid-nineties.
Initially, the company focused on client relationship management projects, working for the magic circle law firms and top US firms. In the course of that work, RSG realised that the profession was on the brink of tumultuous change and founded a ranking of lawyers on innovation which became the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers programme.
Today, RSG is a leading innovation agency for lawyers and works with law firms, in-house legal teams and law companies to help them innovate and build a culture of innovation. It has a unique position in the legal market globally as a connector and its networks of lawyers, built up over 25 years, are unrivalled.  It works in emerging markets such as India to help drive up standards of professionalism and client care. All its work is underpinned by robust research and it has been the author of many thought-leadership studies over the past 18 years.

report and awards partner (1)

Integreon is a trusted, global provider of award-winning legal, document, business and research support solutions to leading law firms, corporate legal departments, financial institutions and professional services firms. Around the globe, Integreon’s 2,400 Associates support more than 250 clients in areas such as market and competitive intelligence, discovery, legal process outsourcing (LPO), operating model transformation and back office redesign. Integreon also excels in business support services such as IT, document processing, finance and HR. With our unrivalled outsourcing experience and industry-leading onshore and offshore capabilities, clients increasingly rely on Integreon to provide value-added solutions that meet their needs in a demanding business environment. Integreon has won more than 50 industry awards over the past six years and supports its global client base from 14 delivery centers across the US, UK, India, China, Philippines and South Africa.

In-house awards sponsor (1)

At a time of significant change in the legal industry, we are determined to continue leading the market as we have done throughout our 86-year history. We will do this by ensuring we always challenge ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the complex legal challenges our clients face.

Over the past year we have worked with some of the world’s leading businesses on transactions that have changed their industries. These include: advising Ahold on its merger with Delhaize to create Europe’s largest listed food retailer and the fifth largest in the US with 6,500 stores; working on Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s takeover of SABMiller plc - the largest commercial loan in the history of the global loan markets at USD75bn; advising on the ground-breaking Coral South Floating LNG project in Mozambique across eight A&O offices; and advising Cagamas on the largest ‘dim sum bond’ in Southeast Asia and the world’s first offshore renminbi bond issued by a mortgage company. 

Building on our long heritage enables us to attract the most talented people and continue to deliver this level of innovation with and for our clients.

To support our clients’ international strategies, we have built a truly global network now spanning 44 offices in 31 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in over 100 countries where we do not have a presence. This network makes us one of the largest and most connected law firms in the world, with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivalled.

Global coverage in today’s market does not simply mean having offices in important cities around the world. For us, it means combining our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients.

Sponsor (1)

Dealing with complex issues of fraud, regulatory compliance and business disputes can detract from efforts to succeed. Better management of fraud risk and compliance exposure is a critical business priority — no matter the size or industry sector. With over 4,500 fraud investigation and dispute professionals around the world, EY provides the analytical and technical skills needed to quickly and effectively conduct financial and other investigations, and gather and analyse electronic evidence. Working closely with you and your legal advisors, we will assemble the right multidisciplinary and culturally aligned team, and bring an objective approach and fresh perspective to challenging situations, wherever you are in the world. And because we understand that you require a tailored service as much as consistent methodologies, we work to give you the benefit of our broad sector experience, our deep subject matter knowledge and the latest insights from our work worldwide.

Contact Us

RSG Consulting
Research And Shortlist Inquiries
Funmbi Adenubi
Delegate Booking and Registration Enquiries
Financial Times
Abigail Lewis
Project Manager - Strategic Solutions
Financial Times