Hogan Lovells ranked in the top ten most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times for the third year running

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Hogan Lovells ranked in the top ten most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times for the third year running 3

LONDON – The Financial Times has ranked Hogan Lovells eighth overall in the FT Innovative Lawyers Europe 2018 report, which is published in conjunction with research partner RSG Consulting.

The firm achieved “standout”, “highly commended” and “commended” in a number of categories:

  • “Standout” – Creating a New Standard for bringing football back to Plough Lane: following the Football Association’s decision to allow Wimbledon FC to move to Milton Keynes, fans formed AFC Wimbledon in the non-leagues. The club’s success has been astonishing, rising from nowhere to League One. Hogan Lovells’ challenge was to return the club to its original home – Plough Lane, Wimbledon – and build a new stadium, but without any money and in a challenging planning environment.  Hogan Lovells played a crucial role in delivering development and planning agreements with innovative funding arrangements to finance the build. The new stadium will be the culmination of a 26-year battle for a home. Commended: Dan Norris
  • “Highly Commended” – Data Knowledge and Intelligence for HL Engage: a new client knowledge platform, launched in June 2017. The platform uses the latest in content marketing and design thinking practices. Created originally for Financial Institutions and FinTechs, the digital platform delivers bespoke content in multiple formats to clients based on their preferences. Commended: John Salmon 
  • “Highly Commended” – New Products and Services for the firm’s combined legal and consulting service for clients seeking streamlined advice on financial regulatory matters, which has helped the firm take work off the Big Four accounting firms. Commended: Steve Murphy  
  • “Commended” — Creating a New Standard for working on a pro bono basis with the French non-profit Association for the Right to Economic Initiative (Adie) and bank BNP Paribas to launch the first social impact bond in France, helping provide microcredit to entrepreneurs in rural areas. Commended: Baptiste Gelpi 
  • “Commended” — Rule of Law and Access to Justice for establishing a new way for victims of the Westminster and London Bridge terror attacks to obtain compensation. Hogan Lovells identified and applied a change in the Motor Insurers’ Bureau’s policies, which had previously prevented financial redress in the event of terrorism where a vehicle is used as a weapon. Hogan Lovells continues to represent the victims of terror abroad as well as from the 2017 Manchester and London attacks. Commended: Yasmin Waljee
  • “Commended” — Accessing New Materials and Capital for helping to establish digital infrastructure as an asset class in the UK by advising Amber Infrastructure Group on its investment in the UK’s new £400m Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, a flexible public-private fund that can invest in both equity and debt. Commended: Erik Jamieson and Jeremy Pickles

Now in its thirteenth year of publication the FT Innovative Lawyers Europereport has become one of the top legal rankings in Europe. Over the past thirteen years the FT has assessed legal innovation in over 50 countries from over 400 law firms and 400 in-house legal departments. 

Hogan Lovells is ranked in the top ten for all regions – Asia, Europe and North America.

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