FT Innovative Lawyers North America 2017

The FT Innovative Lawyers Report North America 2017 has now been published, and can be accessed in full here. Thank you to all those who submitted this year.

On Monday we held the awards for this report at the Public Library in New York. It was a fantastic evening; the room felt full of energy as we brought together some of America’s finest lawyers.

This year’s report for North America comes at a time when long-established tenets of democracy – the rule of law, legal equality and political freedom – are under stress, and we consider the role of lawyers to be more crucial than ever. Consequently, we have introduced a new category on the rule of law and access to justice to cast a spotlight on the important work lawyers are doing to protect and extend the rule of law across the region and around the globe.

We have also dramatically increased our coverage of in-house legal teams to match private practice. The report provides a comparison of how in-house and private practice lawyers are innovating, as well as how lawyers are collaborating in new and exciting ways.

Our sincere congratulations to the winners, and all those who received a ranking this year. With over 530 submissions (an increase of almost 50% on 2016), competition was tougher than ever and it’s encouraging to see so many firms and in-house teams committed to driving change in the legal sphere.

We hope the report continues to be a platform to showcase innovation in the legal sector and look forward to some outstanding submissions in 2018.

Our submissions will open for the FT Innovative Lawyers Asia Pacific 2018 tomorrow and can be accessed here. The submissions deadline for this report is 27th January 2018 and, following exciting and successful coverage of the rule of law in Europe and North America, we will be extending this category to Innovative Lawyers Asia Pacific 2018, and inviting submissions in “the rule of law and access to justice” to highlight the critical lawyers are playing in society.

We will also be expanding our coverage of the Australian legal market to introduce a separate chapter covering Australia in the Asia Pacific report together with a full day summit in Sydney on 5th June after which we will present three distinct awards for work undertaken within the Australian legal market.

Another key date for your diaries is our annual global summit which we will once again be holding in London in June. Further information will be released in due course but if you would like to register your interest, do get in touch.

Other new additions to Innovative Lawyers will include a new report, “Tomorrow’s Law”, covering legal tech, alternative legal services providers and other active disruptors of the legal industry.

For further information on any of the reports or events mentioned above please contact us.