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FT/RSG Innovative Lawyers Summit

London |
Speakers include:
Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

RSG Consulting

Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

Financial Times

Jonathan  Brayne

Jonathan Brayne

Chairman, Fuse


Following the outstanding success of the first two FT/RSG Innovative Lawyers Summits, we are delighted to announce the 2018 Summit. Once more, this independent meeting will bring together our global community of corporate counsel and private practice lawyers together with chief executives, academics and non-legal innovators to discuss how the profession can best meet the challenges it faces, both in terms of innovation and in its evolving role in business, government and society.

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"The calibre of attendees and speakers is the best of any comparable event that I have been to. Highly recommended." Andrew Clinton, Managing partner, asb law LLP

"Excellent event, thought provoking subjects and right balance between sessions and networking" Chris Fowler, GC TSO & UK Commercial, BT Group plc

"Having attended numerous industry events. I consider the FT Innovative Lawyer's Summit the premiere event to learn about the future of the legal industry" Aine Lyons, VP & Deputy General Counsel, WW Legal Operations, Vmware

"This is the Summit of lawyers for lawyers to learn, share, and innovate through collaboration for a greater good."  Yves Hayaux du Tilly, Partner, Nader, Hayaux & Goebel

"Unmissable" Alice Lacourt, Legal Counsellor, FCO

"This is one of the highest calibre events that I have ever attended" John Mathias, Partner, Jenner + Block LLP (London)

"It's a cutting edge event for leading law firms and providers of global innovation" Horst Ebhardt, Partner, Wolf Theiss

"First rate. The best event of its kind that I have been to." James Watson, Legal Director EMEA, Deluxe Entertainment Services

"Excellent work. Experts attended. Global view. A must attend" Elliot Moss, Director of Business Development,Mishcon de Reya LLP


Full Overview

This year the Summit will explore the growing automation of legal services, the extent to which platforms will alter the way in which legal services are produced and purchased and the ways in which the ‘crowd’ may restructure law firms, corporate legal departments and legal career paths.

Sessions will be opened by an expert on each of the topics who will talk about how these trends are changing the business world. This will be followed by a ‘translation’ from either an in-house or private practice lawyer who has already embraced these trends to change the way they practice law.  Each session will close with a small panel of general counsel, managing partners and academics who will discuss how these trends have already impacted the way in which they do business. 

The final plenary will explore how the trends mentioned above can improve the rule of law and access to justice agenda, and the roles that big law firms and corporate law departments can play in pushing the agenda forward.


Summit Hosts (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).

Advisory Board (8)

Jonathan  Brayne

Jonathan Brayne

Partner, Allen & Overy
Chairman, Fuse

Jonathan Brayne is a partner in the London office of the international law firm, Allen & Overy. He is Chairman of Fuse, Allen & Overy’s tech innovation space, where clients, technology providers and A&O collaborate in the development of tech-enabled solutions to legal market challenges. He is also Chairman of aosphere, an A&O affiliate which provides alternative solutions for legal risk management.

Mr Brayne joined Allen & Overy in 1978. He was one of the founding partners of the firm's New York office between 1985 and 1988 and of its Hong Kong office from 1988 to 1997.

He practices in the field of energy and infrastructure projects, often advising on the financing of those projects. He has advised sponsors, financial institutions and governments in that field. He has also advised on tax structured and general banking transactions and on a wide range of capital markets instruments, both debt and equity.

Mr Brayne was previously an elected, non-executive member of the Allen & Overy global board; on the board of its documents-to-data affiliate, docGenix; and Chairman of its Innovation Panel, its global banking practice and, subsequently, of its India Group. He led the team which developed and, in late 2013, launched Allen & Overy's flexible resourcing business, Peerpoint.

Liam Brown

Liam Brown

Founder and Executive Chairman

Liam Brown helps general counsel and law firm leaders improve effectiveness and efficiency. In 2011 he launched Elevate as the law company to provide consulting, technology, and services to law departments and law firms. Elevate has won numerous awards and honors, most recently ranking #53 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list. Mr Brown was previously the Founder, President and CEO of Integreon, Inc., a global LPO, which he led from startup in 2001 to annual sales of $150 million by 2011, before he sold his stake to private equity investors. Prior to Integreon, he was the President, COO and Co-Founder of a pioneering Web 1.0 virtual data room software company, which he sold in 2001 (now Merrill DataSite). Mr Brown is a frequent speaker at legal conferences and regularly publishes articles about trends in the legal sector. He is also an active investor in emerging legal technologies, and an executive coach for founders of startups.

Felix R. Ehrat

Felix R. Ehrat

Group General Counsel

Felix R. Ehrat, PhD, has been Group General Counsel of Novartis since 2011. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Novartis.

Mr Ehrat is a leading practitioner of corporate, banking, and mergers and acquisitions law, as well as an expert in corporate governance and arbitration. He started his career as an associate at Bär & Karrer Ltd in Zurich in 1987, and served as senior partner from 2003 to 2011, and as executive chairman of the board from 2007 to 2011. Since 2011, he has also held various other leadership positions at the Novartis Group level, including in compliance and country management. He is chairman of Globalance Bank AG and a board member of Geberit AG and Avenir Suisse (a think tank for economic and social issues), all headquartered in Switzerland. He previously served as chairman and board member of several listed and non-listed companies based in Switzerland and elsewhere.

After being admitted to the bar, Mr Ehrat received his Master of Laws from McGeorge School of Law in the United States in 1986, and his doctorate in law from the University of Zurich in Switzerland in 1990. He has held leadership roles at international legal organisations including the International Bar Association and Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats.

Danny Gilbert AM

Danny Gilbert AM

Co-founder and Managing Partner
Gilbert + Tobin

Danny Gilbert AM is co-founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin. Mr Gilbert currently holds and has held a number of directorships including Non-Executive Director of National Australia Bank Limited 2004-2016, Co-Chair of Cape York Partnership Group Ltd, Chairman of University of Western Sydney Foundation and Former Chairman of National Museum of Australia. Mr Gilbert is also a trustee of several private charitable trusts. Gilbert + Tobin is a major national corporate law firm with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Brent Irvin

Brent Irvin

Vice President and General Counsel

Brent Irvin joined Tencent, a leading global Internet company, in 2010. He is currently Vice President and General Counsel, overseeing all legal matters, including intellectual property, litigation, privacy, compliance and public policy. Prior to joining Tencent, he worked at a leading Silicon Valley law firm, specializing in M&A and technology transactions, with a special emphasis on Internet companies. He received his JD from Stanford Law School, an MA in Asian Studies from Yale University and a BA in History from Carleton College.

Daniel Martin Katz

Daniel Martin Katz

Associate Professor of Law
Illinois Tech, Chicago Kent College of Law

Professor Katz is a scientist, technologist and law professor who applies an innovative polytechnic approach to teaching law - to help create lawyers for today's changing legal job market.  Both his scholarship and teaching integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Professor Katz's forward-thinking ideas helped to earn him acknowledgement among the Fastcase 50, an award which "recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law."  He was also named to the American Bar Association Journal's "Legal Rebels," a prestigious group of change leaders in the legal profession.

Professor Katz teaches Practice & Professionalism, E-Discovery, Legal Analytics, Legal Project Management + Legal Process Improvement and Civil Procedure at Chicago-Kent and spearheads new initiatives to teach law students how to leverage technology and entrepreneurship in their future legal careers. He joined Chicago-Kent in 2015 from Michigan State University College of Law, where he co-founded the ReInvent Law Laboratory, an innovative multi-disciplinary center that focused on the intersection of entrepreneurship, informatics, programming and design thinking to better understand, analyze and design the law.

Professor Katz has published work in a wide variety of academic outlets, including Science, Plos One, Physica A and Artificial Intelligence & Law.  In addition, his work has been published in legal journals including Emory Law Journal, Iowa Law Review, Illinois Law Review, Virginia Tax Review, Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, Ohio State Law Journal, Journal of Law & Politics, and Journal of Legal Education.

His work has been highlighted in a number of media outlets, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, BBC Radio, Wired, Vox, National Public Radio, Slate Magazine, Huffington Post, 538, Bloomberg Businessweek, ABA Journal, Law Technology News and The American Lawyer.

Professor Katz is an external affiliated faculty at CodeX—The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. In addition to teaching and researching, Professor Katz serves as an editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (Oxford University Press) and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence & Law (Springer Scientific). He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Law Technology News and is a member of the ABA Task Force on Big Data and the Law.

Professor Katz is actively involved in the rapidly growing legal technology industry.  He is the Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of LexPredict (a Legal Analytics company).  He also serves as a formal and informal advisor to a large number of legal startups.  In addition, he is a member of the advisory board of NextLaw Labs - a global collaborative innovation ecosystem organized with Dentons (the world’s largest law firm).

Professor Katz received his Ph.D. in political science and public policy with a focus on complex adaptive systems from the University of Michigan. He graduated with a Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and simultaneously obtained a Master of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.  During his graduate studies, he was a fellow in Empirical Legal Studies at the University of Michigan Law School and a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow at the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Complex Systems.

Sophie Mathur

Sophie Mathur

Partner, Singapore

Sophie Mathur’s work as a Linklaters M&A partner straddles cross-border corporate transactions on some of the largest transactions in Asia Pacific as well as work with start-ups. Ms Mathur is also one of the firm’s Global Co-Heads of Innovation  - a role she plays with a deep sense of purpose - to shake up the culture of the legal profession and the way lawyers work. As a mother of twin 4-year-olds, the use of technology to enhance effectiveness and achieve balance is particularly resonant to her.

Named Legal Innovator of the Year in the FT Innovative Lawyers Asia Pacific Report 2017, Ms Mathur is on the steering committee for the Future Law Innovation Programme initiated by the Singapore Academy of Law and is on the Advisory Board of the Law School of the Singapore Management University. She is also one of the co-founders of the Innovative Lawyers Forum in Singapore - a forum session for senior lawyers, across multiple industries, who meet regularly to discuss and find practical innovative solutions to day-to-day challenges.

Ms Mathur regularly speaks at events, and most recently has been speaking on cryptocurrency and ICOs at various investor conferences.

Harriet Pearson

Harriet Pearson

Innovation & New Ventures Partner
Hogan Lovells

Clients seek out Harriet Pearson’s extensive experience in every aspect of cybersecurity and privacy law, policy, and compliance – topics that today occupy senior managers in all sectors.  They also value her ability to design and implement solutions to legal and business issues that leverage over two decades of multi-disciplinary experience. Among her clients are some of the world’s largest technology, media, professional services, communications, financial services, and energy companies. In 2016 Harriet was named leader of Hogan Lovells Innovation and New Ventures, the firm’s global program to catalyze and incubate new businesses and approaches. She is Chambers-ranked and was recently named North America’s “Legal Innovator of the Year” by the Financial Times (2016); Cybersecurity and Privacy Trailblazer by the National Law Journal (2015); and one of the 500 “Leading Lawyers in America” by LawDragon (2015-17).  An honors graduate of UCLA School of Law and Princeton University, before law school Harriet briefly worked as an engineer. She joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in 2012 after a 19-year career at IBM where she served as that company’s first and longstanding chief privacy officer and security counsel. Harriet co-founded and currently co-chairs the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute and serves on the American Bar Association President’s Cybersecurity Task Force and the Advisory Boards of the Future of Privacy Forum and the Electronic Privacy Information Center.  She is a founding member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, on whose board she served for a decade.  


The Guiding Principles Behind the Summit

“Conversations are the elixir that hold organisations together. Or as Steve Johnson said, chance favours the connected mind. All are necessary for innovation: networks, serendipity, accidental encounters and discovery. The FT Innovative Lawyers Summit has ambition: to connect the legal innovators we have vetted and researched for the past 11 years in the three regional FT reports. We will attempt to recreate the 21st century version of the London coffee shops that formed a fertile breeding ground for some of the ideas that powered the industrial revolution. Two hundred corporate counsel and private practice lawyers thrown together with some chief executives, leading thinkers and academics and external innovators chosen by the FT, what alchemy will happen?”

Reena SenGupta, Chief Executive Officer, RSG Consulting


Agenda - 25th Jun

  • 6:00pm
    Welcome Reception

Agenda - 26th Jun

  • 8:00am
    Breakfast Session

    Further details TBC

  • 9:00am
    Welcome Address and Opening Keynote
  • 9:30am
    Session 1: Humans and Machines

    The rate at which legal tasks are being automated is accelerating. Many law firms and corporate law departments are using machine learning to simplify and speed-up repetitive legal tasks. They are becoming technologically-enabled but are still some way off being a true digital law firm or law department. But perhaps such a goal is misguided. This session will cover the latest technological transformations in the law and discuss how best to achieve a balance between humans and machines in the legal profession.

  • 10:50am
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 11:20am
    Session 2: The 'Uber' Moment for Lawyers

    Some of the world’s fastest growing companies do not own the products and services they sell. The growth of ‘platforms’ in nearly every area of the economy is having a disruptive effect on many established industry sectors from transport to retail to leisure. To what degree are platforms already being utilised in the legal profession, who will be the likely players and what will be the impact on the way that legal services are created and delivered? 

  • 12:45pm
    Lunchtime Sessions

    Lunch A: The New Legal Engineers in Conversation with New Law Providers

    Alternative legal service providers have rapidly become the third pillar of the profession along with law firms and corporate law departments. However, the rise of legal engineers employed by law firms could be a challenge to the growth of ALS businesses. Here we hear from two of the leading ALS companies and two foremost legal engineers employed by mainstream law firms as to how they see the future of the legal service delivery model.

    Lunch B: Blockchain, Smart Contracts and How Digital Trust Will Transform the Practice of Law

    The development of blockchain technologies could impact the way in which people do business and contract with each other. In some instances, it might remove the need to involve lawyers. In many ways, the tech is more revolutionary for the profession than AI. Here we discuss how lawyers can harness blockchain into their law firms and departments and leverage its potential.

  • 2:15pm
    Session 3: Harnessing the Wisdom of the Legal Crowd

    Many law firms have already grasped the effectiveness of harnessing the wisdom of their internal ‘crowds’ in strategy reviews and innovation contests. However, despite the growth of flexible lawyering businesses, most law firms and corporate law departments still have a preference for employing their own lawyers. This is contrary to evidence, which shows that for many businesses, tapping external expertise can be very effective in developing new products and services. To what extent can the legal industry tap into this trend? And what would be the likely results?

  • 3:45pm
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 4:15pm
    Session 4: Creating Lawyers with Purpose

    Most young people set off on a legal career with a sense that their chosen path will give them professional meaning in their work. However, despite the vocational nature of the job, lawyers working in private practice and corporate law departments often lose their sense of purpose. Dissatisfaction with the legal career is causing many legal leaders to re-examine how they can foster greater intrinsic motivation in their people. One way has been to embrace the social responsibility and sustainability agendas and to increase lawyers involved in rule of law and access to justice projects. Other ways have been to redefine the ‘why’ of an organisation, better articulate values and put more emphasis on a human-centred approach. In this session, we hear from leading legal activists, managing partners, general counsel and IDEO on how to create purpose in organisations. 

  • 6:30pm
    Summit Reception and Dinner

Who Attends?

Guests will comprise managing or senior partners, chief legal officers and c-suite directors at law firms, corporations, financial institutions and disruptive businesses. The 200 guests will be split between law firm partners and group general counsel but will include other professionals, academics from Harvard University and people working at alternative legal suppliers.

2017 attendees included;

AEQUO; Allen & Overy; Anheuser-Busch InBev; Arqiva; Ashurst; Association of Corporate Counsel; Axiom Law; Baker & McKenzie; Berwin Leighton Paisner; Bird & Bird; Britvic; BT Group; Canon; Chubb; Clyde & Co; CME Group; CMS UK; Co-op Bank; Corrs Chambers Westgarth; Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Crowdcube; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas; Dell; Deluxe Entertainment Services; Deutsche Bank; DFDL Mekong; Diageo; DLA Piper; DocuSign; DONG Energy; Elevate; FTI Consulting; Galp; GE Capital; Genomics England; Gilbert and Tobin; GKN; Gowling WLG International; Harvard Law School; Hedley May; Herbert Smith Freehills; HighQ; Hinduja Group; Hogan Lovells; HSBC; IBM; Jenner & Block; KPMG; Latham & Watkins; Linklaters; Lloyds Banking Group; Macfarlanes; Magnusson; Matheson; McAfee; Mishcon de Reya; Monsanto Company; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Nader, Hayaux & Goebel; NCTM Studio Legale; Nestlé; Nishith Desai Associates; Nokia; Osborne Clarke; Paul Hastings; PayPal; Pinsent Masons; Reed Smith; Riverview Law; Robert Bosch; Royal Mail Group; Santander; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co; Shell; Simmons & Simmons; State Street Corporation; Swiss Re; Tencent; The Clorox Company; The Law Society; Travers Smith; Unilever; Van Olmen & Wynant; Victaulic; VMware; Vodafone; White & Case; Wolf Theiss; Wong Partnership; Yulchon.



This event is exclusively for Managing Partners or Senior Partners of Law Firms and General Counsel. If you do not meet this criteria, please email to enquire if any additional places are available.

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Organiser (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.

Portfolio Gold (5)

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

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 works with leading law firms and in-house teams to transform the delivery of legal services. Our secure collaboration, project management and process automation platform empowers legal teams to drive transactional efficiencies, digitize legal services and deliver an engaging, end-to-end client experience. More than 50 percent of the top 100 global law firms and some of the largest in-house legal teams use HighQ’s platform for legal service innovation and digital transformation.

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.

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.


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