DLA Piper named one of the most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe Report 2017

DLA Piper is one of the top five most innovative law firms in Europe according to the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe report 2017.

Now in its twelfth year, the FT Innovative Lawyers Report assesses lawyers on their innovation both for clients and in their own businesses. It is one of the top legal rankings in Europe and the accompanying awards are widely regarded as the best researched in the market.

In addition to the overall ranking, the firm was commended for its work across a number of categories.

Strategy and Changing Behaviour

Wanting to implement a mechanism to encourage the flow of ideas, assess them against its existing strategy and focus innovation efforts, Simon Levine, Global Co-CEO, launched the "CEO Challenge", a facilitated “online workshop” for over 6500 people at the firm. This lead to over 50 specific project ideas - from significant firmwide issues like developing the firm's sense of culture and improving the quality of everything it does, to smaller 'quick wins' - which have since been adopted into the Executive's priorities.

Managing and Developing Talent

The idea of a three day "Coding for Professionals" course was originated by John McKinlay, UK Head of IPT. The course has been specifically designed for lawyers in conjunction with CodeClan.

New Markets and Capital

Head of Capital Markets in Austria, Christian Temmel, led on structuring Austria's first issuance of scrip dividends and created a legal framework that led to a new market standard.

Working with the UK Listing Authority partner Ronan Mellon and legal director Joywin Matthew developed the transaction structure for the National Highways Authority of India's "masala bonds" issuance.

Rule of Law & Access to Justice

The firm's global pro bono team is supporting fair and open trials through a number of measures including collaboration with Amnesty International on a Global Guide to Third Party Interventions producing accessible information on procedural rights and sending lawyers to act as neutral trial observers.

Data, Knowledge and Intelligence

The European Data Protection, Privacy and Security team developed a suite of tools for clients to help prepare them for the EU General Data Protection Regulation, including an online self-assessment of risks and a mobile app.


Ascendant 2.0, a tool to help clients compare vendor bids, was marked as 'standout' with Global Co-Head of Technology Sector, Kit Burden, also commended for his role developing the tool.

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