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FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Europe 2017

London |
Judges include:
Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

RSG Consulting

Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

Financial Times


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 2017 at an awards ceremony in London on 4 October.

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Presented By (2)

Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

Chief Executive Officer
RSG Consulting

Reena SenGupta is an expert analyst of the global legal profession. She founded RSG Consulting, an international legal strategy consultancy, in 2001. The company is the architect and research partner to the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Reports in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific. Last year marked the tenth anniversary of the report.

Reena’s experience analysing and commentating on the legal profession stretches over two decades, following stints at investment banks and running a small design business in the early 90s. She was Publishing Director and Editor of various publications at Chambers & Partners, the legal publisher and regularly contributes to the FT. Her experience and position at the forefront of the field, on a global level, is reflected in collaborations with institutions such as Harvard and Georgetown Universities.

Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

Contributing Editor and Columnist
Financial Times

Michael Skapinker is an FT contributing editor and columnist on business and society. He is also executive editor of the FT-IE Corporate Learning Alliance, the FT’s executive education arm. Born in South Africa, he began his journalistic career in Greece. He joined the FT in London in 1986 and has held many positions, including FT Weekend editor, FT Special Reports editor and management editor.

He received the Work Foundation Members’ Award for his contribution to the understanding of working life in 2003 and was named WorkWorld Media Awards Columnist of the Year in 2008. At the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards he was named Business Commentator of the Year (2012) and Business Ethics Commentator of the Year (2015).

Research Methodology

FT Innovative Lawyers Europe 2017 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.


Dress Code

Black tie/cocktail dress


2016 Photos

View photos from the 2016 Awards here

ILA 2016


Agenda - 4th 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


The FT Innovative Lawyers Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 4 October 2017. 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 strict 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 22 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. Videos of the awards ceremony will be available to view on our website shortly after the event.



Law firms, legal service providers and in-house legal teams:

AB InBev
Addleshaw Goddard
Allen & Overy
Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
Arthur Cox
Atom Bank
Baker McKenzie
Bond Dickinson
Bright Line Law
British Business Bank
BT - PSI team
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
Carillion Advice Services
CME Group
D2 Legal Technology
De Groote - De Man
DLA Piper
Equatorial Coca Cola Bottling Company
Eversheds Sutherland
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hogan Lovells
Hyundai Motor Europe
Ignition Law
ING Bank
Invicta Law
John Lewis Partnership
Latham & Watkins
Legal Geek
LOD (Lawyers On Demand)
McCann FitzGerald
Mills & Reeve
Mishcon de Reya
MJ Hudson
National Grid
Nestlé Group
Nokia Corporation
Norton Rose Fulbright
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Osborne Clarke
Pinsent Masons
RCD - Rousaud Costas Duran
Roberts Jackson
Ropes & Gray
Royal Mail Group
Sayenko Kharenko
Sidley Austin
Simmons & Simmons
Slaughter and May
The AIRE Centre
The Crown Estate
Uría Menéndez
White & Case



Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD

United Kingdom


Presented By (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

Research Partner (1)

RSG Consulting is a research and strategy consultancy, founded in 2001. It specialises in working for professional service firms, with a special focus on ranking and assessing lawyers that dates back to the early 90s. RSG carries out commissioned and independent research on topics that include innovation, the development and future of the profession and emerging legal markets. It helps law firms and legal departments differentiate themselves, through innovation, brand or strategy projects. It came up with the idea behind the FT Innovative Lawyers programme and is the FT’s research partner on the reports and awards globally. All research is conducted by senior consultants, who are also regular public speakers at partners’ conferences, to in-house legal departments, and are business coaches. RSG created and curates the Innovative GC Club, offers innovation benchmarks to both private practice and in-house legal departments, and has created a unique development programme to help lawyers tap into their creativity. RSG’s CEO Reena SenGupta was responsible for creating the ranking methodologies that underpin the Chambers & Partners guides and turning the Chambers rankings into world-class assessments of law firms in the mid-nineties.

Lead Partner (1)

Elevate is the business of law provider of strategy, operations, technology and talent for legal departments and law firms. Our lawyers, strategy and change consultants, data analysts, process engineers, and technologists help legal teams transform the way they work. Ranked by Chambers & Partners as a top global legal service provider, by the ACC as a Value Champion, and by Inc. magazine as the #53 fastest growing private company of 2016, Elevate is a trusted provider to Global 1000 corporations and the law firms that serve them.

Partners (4)

As the pioneer and global standard for Digital Transaction Management (DTM) and eSignature, DocuSign® is changing how business gets done by empowering more than 300,000 companies and more than 200 million users in 188 countries to send, sign and manage agreements digitally. DocuSign eliminates printing, faxing, scanning and overnighting paper documents to transact business online quickly, easily and securely – anytime, anywhere, on any device – with trust and confidence. DocuSign enables individuals and organizations of every size, industry and geography to make every agreement digital to keep life and business moving forward.

HighQ is a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise collaboration and publishing software. We provide innovative social software to some of the world’s leading law firms, investment banks and corporations.

We work in close collaboration with our clients to develop innovative products that solve real business problems, reduce costs, build deeper client relationships and help gain a competitive advantage.

QuisLex is an award-winning legal services provider that specializes in managed document review, contract management, compliance services, legal spend management and legal operations consulting. We employ operational excellence, Six Sigma based quality processes and ISO certified data security to support large-scale, complex legal projects for companies and law firms. Our full-time highly trained attorneys, process experts, statisticians and linguists, work closely with our clients to help reduce cost, mitigate risk and maximize efficiency. QuisLex is regularly acknowledged as a leader in the legal services industry, and is proud to be recognized by Chambers and Partners as a Band 1 Legal Process Outsourcing Provider, New York Law Journal as a Top Managed Document Review Services Provider, and the IACCM as its Outstanding Service Provider for contract management solutions. For more information, please visit

We provide ‘Legal input. Business output.’ to the in-house legal, risk, contract, compliance and related functions. Via our three service lines – managed services, projects and licensed technology – we help in-house teams evolve their operating model so that the right work is done by the right people at the right price, whether the work is undertaken internally or externally. We license our service delivery and workflow platform to in-house teams of all sizes. This proven technology automates processes, helps team members make better and quicker decisions and is underpinned by comprehensive reporting and dashboards.

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.

Charity Partner (1)

Liberty Wines and Charles Heidsieck have kindly donated a case of their 2006 Charles Heidsieck Rosé Millésime. To enter the draw, guests will be invited to purchase tickets on the night, with all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger. 

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organisation that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. They save the lives of malnourished children. They ensure everyone can access clean water, food, training and healthcare. They enable entire communities to be free from hunger. In 2016 they helped 14.7m people in 50 countries around the world, including Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria.

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Delegate Booking and Registration Enquiries
Financial Times
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Media Partner and Press Enquiries
Financial Times
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