FT Innovative Lawyers Europe 2017 is a rankings report and awards for North America-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 organizations 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 a robust client or independent reference. Market experts are also called in to assess the submissions and the research.
Each entry is scored out of 10 points for originality, leadership 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 Innovative Individual award from a shortlist of ten individuals who stood out in the research.