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13 October 20223 minute read

Financial Times names DLA Piper as one of the top 5 most innovative law firms in Europe

DLA Piper has been recognised as one of the top five most innovative law firms in Europe, in the Financial Times Innovative Law Firm Index: Europe, as launched at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards 2022. The Index scores firms in the categories of Innovation, People, Digital, Client Mentions, and Financial Growth, using a combined score to determine firms’ innovative standing, based on 428 submissions from some 130 law firms and in-house legal teams.

The awards themselves were a night of honourable mentions for DLA Piper, with recognition of:

  • Digital Legal Services The firm’s D&I Index, a collaboration between its Employment Practice and Knowledge Teams and notably Senior Professional Support Lawyer Katie Davies and Employment Partner Gurpreet Duhra, which was commended having created a digital index by which organisations can assess their standing and progress against real sector benchmarks. The index provides a score against accepted best practice, as well as a detailed report and a flag for any legal risk regarding current obligations.

  • Intrapreneur Jana Blount, Change Manager, who was noted as a standout individual in improving culture, practices and client service for her leading of DLA Piper’s Change Council, a group driving business transformation at the firm through Jana’s design thinking methodology.

  • Practice of Law: Managing Complexity The firm’s Buyers’ Report, as conceived by Employment and Pensions Partner Amrit Mclean, which was commended having revolutionised the way bulk annuity providers approach due diligence. The report continues to address a real inefficiency in the bidding process, streamlining the UK’s GBP40 billion bulk annuity market.

  • Responsible Business in Law The firm’s project to support displaced people from Afghanistan and Ukraine, as led by Senior Associate Olivia Clark, which was noted as a standout in responsible business practice. The project saw the firm’s pro bono team collaborate to create an online platform linking refugees to desperately needed information and support, and recruit and mobilise over 100 volunteers from across the sector.

  • Sustainable Business of Law The firm’s shortlisted Corporate Power Purchase Agreement with NextEnergy Group, as spearheaded by International Head of Sustainability and ESG Natasha Luther-Jones, was an industry-first. The arrangement will allow for the production of 13 megawatts of additional energy from the construction of a 46 acre solar farm in Somerset, England. This energy will be at least equivalent to, but likely exceeding the energy used by the 15 UK and European offices involved.