Who We Are

RSGI Limited is a global research and intelligence agency for the legal industry that focuses on resilience, sustainability, growth and innovation for law firms, in-house legal teams and law companies around the globe. With unique insights and frameworks built up over thirty years, the four founders (Reena SenGupta, Yasmin Lambert, Tom Saunders and Mary Ormerod) enable the industry to think more clearly about the future, charting and analysing evolutions in the business and practice of law.

The team runs training and development programmes, inspirational workshops and delivers strategic advice to leadership teams, extensive client listening and merger broking as well as stand-out content for partnership conferences and other events.

Executive Director, Reena SenGupta, has deep experience in assessing and rating legal teams and businesses globally, setting up the research methodology and running the Chambers & Partners Guides in the 1990s, founding the FT Innovative Lawyers programme in 2006 and the RSG India programme in 2008.

The RSGI team have authored countless thought-leadership studies and publish an annual GreenPrint to guide law firms in becoming more sustainable. They continue as the research and content partner to the FT Innovative Lawyers programme globally and curators of the Innovative GC Club.

Reena Sengupta RSGI

Reena SenGupta

Executive Director, Founding Shareholder at RSGI

Reena is a long-time analyst, writer, consultant and thought-leader in the global legal industry. With a background in the City, and as an entrepreneur and journalist, she has been responsible for creating market-leading rankings, awards and assessment programmes for lawyers such as the Chambers & Partners Guides in the mid-nineties, the FT Innovative Lawyers programme in 2006 and the RSG India Report (2008) along with many other ground-breaking initiatives in the legal sector.

For nearly thirty years, she has consulted to law firms, law companies, the Big Four accounting firms and general counsel on strategy, innovation and how to be relevant in a rapidly changing world. She founded RSG Consulting in 2001 and built it into a leading legal sector brand.

Reena now leads RSGI, a global think-tank dedicated to helping the legal industry create a sustainable future, is a unique creator of events and content, a seasoned public speaker and regular contributor to the Financial Times.

Reena also serves as a special adviser to the Digital Legal Exchange, is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Elements coaching programme and an Asian Woman of Achievement.

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Yasmin Lambert RSGI

Yasmin Lambert

Managing Director, Founding Shareholder at RSGI

Yasmin advises law firms, legal service providers, technology companies, professional services firms and in-house legal teams on strategy, business development, client relationships, law firm structures and remuneration and transformation. As an equity partner and senior consultant at RSG Consulting, she helped to build the business into a global consulting and research firm over thirteen years.

With expertise in quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, Yasmin devises the methodologies behind many research programmes and thought leadership reports such as the well-known RSG India Report. Her deep knowledge covers law firm management and leadership, emerging legal markets, digital transformation and innovation in the law.

She is a skilled facilitator, speaker and coach and was part of the executive leadership team which launched the Digital Legal Exchange, the non-profit, global learning institute committed to accelerating digital transformation in corporate legal departments.

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Tom Saunders

Communities and Clients Director, Founding Shareholder of RSGI

Tom has worked on a range of research, advisory and consulting projects building expertise in law firm innovation, in-house legal department transformation, contracting, and the impact of data and technology in the law for RSG Consulting since 2018.

He led the FT Intelligent Business project in 2019 and 2020, investigating the convergence of data, technology and professional services in areas such as financial services, supply chains, and in the legal technology market.

Tom works on client advisory projects, undertaking client listening, market research and analysis, and strategic advisory work for law firms, legal service providers, technology companies, barristers’ chambers and private equity investors.

He is passionate about sustainability and the role of lawyers driving this agenda. With Pinsent Masons, Client Earth, and the Gratham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment, he helped run the “GCs Leading the Net Zero Carbon Transition” event during London Climate Action Week 2019, and has a leading role on RSGI’s sustainability projects.

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Mary Ormerod

Director of Research, Founding Shareholder of RSGI

Mary joined RSG Consulting in 2019 and, as Director of Research and Thought Leadership, currently leads the FT Innovative Lawyers research programme. She writes and develops content for the FT and RSGI on the evolving practice and business of law. She is a contributing writer for the Financial Times and a speaker on innovation and sustainability in law firms and in-house legal teams.

She led the development of the RSGI GreenPrint report, which charts corporate law firms’ responsible business reporting, and conducts research for the RSGI Sustainable Lawyers programme.

Mary helped direct the market-leading virtual format for the FT Innovative Lawyers awards and Global Summits in 2020 and 2021. She has interviewed leading General Counsel from around the world to chart how the role has evolved for the FT Business Legal Leaders Report.

In 2021 Mary analysed years of FT Innovative Lawyers to help develop RSGI’s Interwoven report on the evolution of the practice of law, and helped training materials as part the RSGInspire programme. She also worked on the latest RSG-India Report and its first India Summit.

Mary is a historian by training, with an LLM in Constitutional Politics, Law and Theory. She is currently studying for an NCTJ diploma.

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Chris Sharp RSGI

Chris Sharp

Research Consultant at RSGI

Chris Sharp joined RSGI in February 2022. He is a research consultant and writer for FT projects including the Innovative Lawyers programme, the Business Legal Leaders report and the Accelerating Business report.

He has worked on a number of recent events with RSGI including the FT Innovative Lawyers Global Summit and the FT Collaborative Innovation awards. He is also part of a team developing the RSGI Digital Innovation benchmark and RSGI’s GreenPrint.

Chris has an MSC in Environment, Politics and Society and is putting this expertise to good use as a researcher for RSGI’s Sustainable Lawyers programme.

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Sarah Davis RSGI

Sarah Davis

Consultant at RSGI

Sarah Davis is an experience media industry GC, Non Executive Director and charity trustee.

Her executive roles have included Group Legal Affairs Director at ITV Plc and before that many years as Commercial Group Legal director and GC at Guardian Media Group, during which time she was involved in the international expansion of The Guardian and Observer into the US and Australia and a number of high-profile news stories and events including Wikileaks, the Pulitzer Prize winning Edward Snowden revelations and the Leverson Inquiry into phone hacking.

Alongside her legal career Sarah has over 20 years non-executive experience in creative arts, education and humanitarian sectors, including as chair of Poet in the City, vice chair and trustee of the Media Trust, Governor of University of East London, the Society of Authors and in July 2021 joined the board of the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Sarah is currently Vice Chair of the board of trustees of UNICEF UK.

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Alex Volkers

Researcher / Writer at RSGI

Alex Volkers joined RSGI in February 2022. She is a researcher and writer for the FT Innovative Lawyers programme and other reports including the Business Legal Leaders report and the Accelerating Business report. Alex supports the RSGI team with data management and greenfield research. She also contributes writing and editorial support on client projects.

Alex has a background as an open source corporate investigator and has an LLM in International Economic Law.

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Mina Jenkins RSGI

Mina Jenkins

Researcher / Writer at RSGI

Mina conducts research and writes for the FT Innovative Lawyers programme globally and is part of the research team for the RSGI India report. She is also responsible for planning and support for the annual FT / RSGI Global Summit in London.

She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in English Literature, with a special interest in social anthropology, and has interned for a fashion and arts magazine in Barcelona and worked as a private tutor.

Mina is fluent in French and speaks intermediate Spanish.

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Toby Weston

Researcher / Writer at RSGI

Toby supports RSGI’s GC network through the Innovative GC Club. He facilitated the roll-out of the RSGI GreenPrint report and is involved in RSGI’s recent law firm digital innovation analysis. He is also part of the FT Innovative Lawyers research team.

Toby has worked at two international law firms (Morgan Lewis and CMS) as a legal intern with a focus on legal research and drafting.

After graduating from the University of Manchester in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Modern History with Economics, he went on to complete an MA in law and an LPC with distinctions at the University of Law.

Toby is passionate about sports and competed nationally in football, high jump, and ice hockey. He still enjoys playing football, golf and skiing and is a member of Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club and an Arsenal FC season ticket holder.

His other passion is travel – personal highlights include a 5-day trek to Machu Picchu, paragliding in Rio de Janeiro and whale watching in Byron Bay.

 

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Isobel Thorley

Researcher / Writer at RSGI

Issy is part of the FT Innovative Lawyers research team, conducting interviews and analysis and writing content for the FT special reports.

After graduating from UCL with a BSc in Anthropology with a year abroad in Montreal, Issy moved to Paris and worked in a technology communications firm, developing her business skills and French language to intermediate level.

She later pursued an MA in International Relations at Queen Mary University of London, from Paris, focusing on research methodologies and global governance.

Alongside her MA studies, Issy worked at a European think tank as a research assistant in the Digitalisation Team, where she conducted benchmarking policy reports on the EU’s Digital Decade for the European Commission.

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Patrick Shortall

Research and Data Analyst at RSGI

Patrick is a Research and Data Analyst working on a variety of research projects including the RSGI India report, the FT Innovative Lawyers series and FT Accelerating Business.

He is working on a new intelligence platform for the Indian legal market, which will provide comprehensive data and assessments of Indian law firms, lawyers and their work.

Patrick works across RSGI’s projects, conducting research, and creating data analytics models and visualisations.

Between finishing his applied mathematics degree at Bristol and joining RSGI, he worked in sustainability data communication, live events and museums, and continued research from his masters dissertation in swarm robotics.

He spends his time outside of work at comedy gigs (watching not performing), developing his botany skills, and falling down internet rabbit holes.

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