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Legal, Innovation

FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Asia-Pacific

Hong Kong |
Speakers include:
Barney Thompson

Barney Thompson

Financial Times

Yasmin Lambert

Yasmin Lambert

RSG Consulting

Jamil Anderlini

Jamil Anderlini

Financial Times


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Full Overview

The Financial Times is delighted to announce that the fifth Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards will be held in Hong Kong on 2 May 2019.

This year, we have again taken a new approach to the research and increased our rankings of in-house legal teams to match those in private practice. The report will provide a comparison of how in-house and private practice lawyers are innovating and on 2 May we will be awarding both sides.

The 2019 FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards will celebrate the most innovative legal work from lawyers working in law firms and in-house at companies across the region. This year’s awards will cover law firms operating in Australia, China and Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

Join us at the event and meet some of the most innovative lawyers in the Asia-Pacific region, the firms at the forefront of innovation, and the GCs and in house teams that are driving forward change in their own businesses.


Chair (2)

Barney Thompson

Barney Thompson

Legal Correspondent
Financial Times

Barney Thompson has been the FT’s Legal Correspondent since 2017, covering white collar crime, fraud and political scandal. He was previously Deputy Editor of UK News, and prior to that was News Editor on the World Desk. He joined the FT in 2012 from The Times, where he was Foreign News Editor. He holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge.

Yasmin Lambert

Yasmin Lambert

Senior Consultant and co-owner
RSG Consulting

Yasmin Lambert is the Senior Consultant and a co-owner of RSG Consulting. She joined the company in 2008 where she has been immersed in the FT Innovative Lawyers programme, RSG-India and many of the other thought-leadership projects RSG undertakes. She designed the qualitative and quantitative analytical frameworks used to measure value in legal services, to evaluate company board composition, and to assess emerging market law firms. She is a regular contributor to the FT Innovative Lawyer reports and frequently speaks on the subject of innovation in the legal profession. Prior to joining RSG, Yasmin worked on a project to develop self-regulation for the further education sector in the UK and spent five years working in the IT industry in Australia with Siemens, Fujitsu, and the Health Technology division of the NSW Department of Health. Yasmin studied Philosophy and Economics at the University of Sydney, is a trained business coach and has taught on the IE Business School Lawyers Management Programme.

Speakers (1)

Jamil Anderlini

Jamil Anderlini

Asia Editor
Financial Times

Jamil Anderlini is the Financial Times’ Asia Editor, appointed in 2015. He oversees the FT’s coverage of the Asia region from Afghanistan to Australia, including China, India, Indonesia and Japan. In addition to directing the work of regional correspondents and overseeing the editing and commissioning team in Hong Kong, Mr Anderlini is an award-winning journalist and published author.  He is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.  After a decade and a half working as an editor and journalist in China, he has cultivated a deep knowledge of the political and economic situation in that country. He regularly contributes commentary for other media, including CNN, BBC, CNBC, ABC and Al-Jazeera. He also selectively accepts speaking engagements with corporations, financial institutions, universities, government departments and agencies. Mr Anderlini joined the FT in 2007 and worked as Beijing Correspondent and Deputy Beijing Bureau Chief before he was named Beijing Bureau Chief in 2011, with overall responsiblilty for China coverage at the FT. Mr Anderlini has won numerous reporting prizes, both individually and as part of FT teams. In 2010, he was named Journalist of the Year at the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Editorial Excellence Awards and won the Best Digital Award at the Amnesty International Media Awards. Other prizes include a UK Foreign Press Association Award in 2008, several individual SOPA awards and the inaugural Jones-Mauthner Award in 2012, which recognises outstanding reporting of international affairs by a young reporter at the Financial Times. In 2013, Mr Anderlini was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and short-listed for both Foreign Reporter of the Year at the Press Awards in the UK and also the Orwell Prize, the UK's most prestigious prize for political writing. Prior to joining the FT, he was Beijing Business Correspondent for the South China Morning Post for two years. Before that, he was Chief Editor of the China Economic Review. He is the author of the e-book The Bo Xilai Scandal, published by Penguin and Financial Times in 2012.

Agenda - 2nd May

  • 6:30pm
    Registration and Networking Champagne Reception
  • 7:30pm
    Call to Dinner
  • 7:50pm
    Welcome Remarks and Dinner
  • 9:30pm
    FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Ceremony
  • 11:00pm
    Event Adjourns

Award Categories


Innovation in the business of law: Managing and developing talent

Innovation in operations: Managing and developing talent

Innovation in the business of law: New products and services

Innovation in operations: New products and services

Innovation in legal expertise: Accessing new markets and capital

Innovation in legal expertise: Accessing new markets and capital (in-house)

Innovation in the business of law: Technology

Innovation in operations: Technology

Innovation in legal expertise: Dispute resolution

Innovation in the business of law: New business and service delivery models

Innovation in operations: New business and service delivery models

Innovation in the business of law: Data, knowledge and intelligence

Innovation in operations: Data, knowledge and intelligence

Innovation in legal expertise: Creating a new standard

Innovation in collaboration

Innovation in legal expertise: Enabling business growth and transformation

Innovation in legal expertise: Enabling business growth and transformation  (in-house)

Innovation in the business of law: Strategy and changing behaviours

Innovation in operations: Strategy and changing behaviours

Innovation in legal expertise: Managing complexity and scale (International Headquartered)

Innovation in legal expertise: Managing complexity and scale (Asia-Pacific Headquartered)

Innovation in legal expertise: Managing complexity and scale (in-house)

Innovation in the rule of law and access to justice

Legal innovator of the year

Most innovative general counsel in Asia-Pacific

Most innovative in-house legal team in Asia-Pacific

Most innovative law firm in Asia-Pacific (International Headquartered)

Most innovative law firm in Asia-Pacific (Asia-Pacific Headquartered)



  • Allen & Gledhill
  • Allen & Overy
  • Allens
  • Anand and Anand
  • Ashurst
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
  • Avanade
  • Aviva
  • Bae, Kim & Lee
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Bank of China (Hong Kong)
  • Blueprint for Free Speech
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Credit Suisse
  • DBS Bank
  • Dechert
  • DFDL
  • Drew & Napier
  • Eversheds Harry Elias
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Everstone
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Gilbert + Tobin
  • Go-Jek
  • Goodwin
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Hogan Lovells
  • HSA Advocates
  • HSBC
  • ICICI bank
  • ING Bank
  • JunHe
  • Khaitan & Co
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • KPMG Law
  • Lander & Rogers
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Lazada
  • L'Oréal
  • Mayer Brown
  • Microsoft
  • MinterEllison
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius /Morgan Lewis Stamford
  • Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
  • Neota Logic
  • Nishimura & Asahi
  • Nishith Desai Associates
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Orrick
  • Paul Hastings
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
  • Schroder Investment Management (Singapore)
  • Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
  • Shearman & Sterling
  • Shin & Kim
  • Singularity Legal
  • SK E&C
  • Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical
  • Telstra
  • The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels
  • Trilegal
  • Turner
  • Uber
  • Unilever and Thomson Reuters
  • UTS Law School
  • Westpac
  • White & Case
  • Xero
  • Yoon & Yang
  • Yulchon

Research Methodology

FT Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific 2018 is a rankings report and awards for lawyers based in the Asia-Pacific region. 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 and company in-house legal teams are invited to submit their innovations. These are then fully researched through telephone interviews and reviews. 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.

With a new approach to the research this year, the 2018 report will provide a comparison of how in-house and private practice lawyers area innovating, with two ranking tables for each category.

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 and society.


Dress Code

Black tie



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9 Justice Drive

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Tel: +852 2103 9511


Presented 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 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 a global law company, providing consulting, technology and services to law departments and law firms. The company’s team of lawyers, engineers, consultants and business experts extend and enable the resources and capabilities of customers worldwide. Elevate is the most-used law company according to the 2017 State of the Industry Survey published by the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) and has been ranked as a top global legal services provider by Chambers & Partners for five years in a row.

Partners (2)

HighQ empowers leading law firms and corporate legal teams to transform the way they work and deliver legal services. We unite internal and external teams with social collaboration, secure file sharing, digital transaction management and more, improving data security, efficiency and productivity.

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. Our full-time highly trained attorneys, process experts, legal technologists, statisticians and linguists work closely with our clients to 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 the Financial Times as an FT Intelligent Business 35, ACC as an ACC Value Champion, 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. To learn more, visit

In-House Award Sponsors (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 89-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.
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)

Driven by the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in the U.S. It has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70
counties and has helped more than 22 million people build or improve a place they call home.

Habitat has worked locally in Hong Kong since 2004, supporting mainland China and the Asia-Pacific region, to help families build better lives, through house construction and renovation projects. Habitat also supports communities by building community facilities, water and sanitation hygiene solutions, and providing housing microfinance and critical skills training, such as financial literacy.

Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region. Habitat provides emergency relief after natural disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes and floods, by providing emergency shelters. We continue to work within the country long term to replace
homes and help communities recover.

We promote policies and systems that improve access to decent, affordable housing. We mobilise volunteers around the world and raise awareness of housing as a critical foundation to improving lives and tackling poverty.

Through shelter, we empower.

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Sponsorship Opportunities
Financial Times
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Media Partner and Press Enquiries
Financial Times
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Financial Times