Hogan Lovells once again named one of the most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times

LONDON, 13 September 2019 - The Financial Times has ranked Hogan Lovells as one of the top two most innovative law firms in Europe. It is the fourth year running that Hogan Lovells has been ranked in the top ten most innovative law firms in Europe. The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report, which is published in conjunction with RSG Consulting, ranked Hogan Lovells second overall.

The firm was shortlisted in six categories and won two awards – (1) for the firm's litigation work in the Slovak Republic v Achmea case, and (2) global head of Legal Operations, Stephen Allen, received the Legal Intrapreneur of the Year award. The six nominations that were shortlisted were:

  • 'Winner / Standout'– Legal expertise in dispute resolution - Slovak Republic v Achmea: Hogan Lovells represented the Slovak Republic in a major legal challenge to overturn a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). It was deemed as one of the most important decisions for EU law in decades, settling a major source of conflict about how EU Member States should comply with both their international and EU law obligations. Led by: Litigation partner, Markus Burgstaller
  • 'Winner' – Legal intrapreneur of the year: Stephen Allen, global head of Legal Operations has been widely recognised for his entrepreneurial mindset, his ability to harness change, and his passion for generating new ideas. Recent projects have included leveraging machine learning, process automation and document creation to further develop the firm's large scale regulatory review offering, developing a market leading methodology to ensure that every matter at Hogan Lovells is touched by Legal Project Management, globally, and using data science to identify deep insight relating both to the business of law and the practice of law.
  • 'Standout' - Managing complexity and scale - Mriya Agro Restructuring: The rescue of Ukraine’s Mriya Agro Holding saw the company and its new managers negotiate their way to a consensual reorganisation through many challenges, including a Cypriot liquidation, multiple Ukrainian bankruptcies, and asset-tracing investigations in Switzerland and the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Led by: Business Restructuring and Insolvency partner, Alex Kay
  • 'Commended' - Data, knowledge and intelligence - LawTech training partnership with BNP Paribas: The banking sector is harnessing huge amounts of data, moving to digital onboarding, deploying AI and blockchain, and using biometrics, chatbots and robo-advisers. BNP Paribas' legal teams needed renewed training in these fast-evolving digital technologies. Hogan Lovells designed and delivered the training, launching a Digital Legal Competency Center (DLC2) for all BNPP IT/IP lawyers worldwide. Led by: IPMT partner, John Salmon
  • 'Standout' - Rule of law and access to justice - 'Clann Project': Between 1922 and 1998 there were a series of forced adoptions of children born to single mothers in Ireland's Mother and Baby Homes. To this day neither the children or their mothers have the right to access information on their cases. Hogan Lovells has helped develop a confidential process, which offers the mothers and adult children the opportunity for some accountability through the submission of statements about their previously untold experiences in the homes. Led by: International Pro Bono Director, Yasmin Waljee and Pensions partner, Faye Jarvis
  • 'Highly commended' - Strategy and changing behaviours - Project Respect: Hogan Lovells is committed to embedding an inclusive working environment in which every one of our colleagues thrives. As an extension to the firm's 'Dignity at Work policy', which launched in 2006, Hogan Lovells established a programme and working group of 'Respect Advocates' to champion respectful behaviour and provide support and guidance for anyone in the firm who would like to speak confidentially about any issues relating to bullying and harassment. Led by: UK & Africa regional managing partner, Susan Bright and Corporate partner, Sian Owles

Commenting, Susan Bright, UK & Africa regional managing partner, said: "Innovation has been a core element of our firm's culture for a long time. Having our work recognised by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards is a fantastic affirmation of our culture and our people."

Mark Brennan, Lead Innovation Partner at Hogan Lovells, added: "A true innovation mindset needs to inform every aspect of our business – client relationships, how we do business, how our people work, and how we engage with our local communities. We are delighted to rank so highly again in the FT's Innovative Lawyer report. It is a wonderful celebration of how Hogan Lovells is leading the way on innovation."

In May 2019 Hogan Lovells was also ranked by the Financial Times as the third most innovative law firm in Asia, and in December 2018 the firm was highly commended and commended in several categories of the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards North America.

The FT Innovative Lawyers Europe report has become one of the top legal rankings in Europe. Over the past fourteen years the FT has assessed legal innovation in over 50 countries from over 400 law firms and 400 in-house legal departments.

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