RSGI on FT Innovative Lawyers Asia Pacific 2022

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Mary Ormerod
16 May 2022

In May 2022 the FT Innovative Lawyers report for Asia Pacific was published. RSGI researchers conducted interviews with over 50 of the region’s biggest law firms and over 70 in-house legal teams. We identified the key trends in legal innovation and highlighted some of the best practitioners making ideas a reality.

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This year’s research was dominated by the major geopolitical questions that will determine the future of the region. Lawyers are increasingly being called upon to take a stance and help their clients anticipate the challenges ahead.

There were also radical propositions for the next era of digital transformation, including blockchain solutions to supply chain crises and big data to help banks manage mass litigation.

Partly because of Covid-19 and the impact of the “great resignation”, the changing compact between a law firm and its employees weighs heavily on leaders’ minds.
Reena SenGupta

The top-ranked law firms for innovation in the region are Ashurst for firms with HQs outside the region, and King & Wood Mallesons for firms headquartered in the region. Ashurst’s legal-led consulting arm is bringing the firm a competitive advantage and performing favourably with clients. King & Wood Mallesons has invested in digital literacy among its lawyers.

The leading firms in this report show the value of defining the organisations purpose, and investing in digital transformation and multi-disciplinary talent.

Read Reena SenGupta’s analysis of the market and find out more about the featured firms here.

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