13 Sep 2019 | 09:16 am | 2 min. read
Board member recognised as most innovative lawyer in Europe
International professional services firm Pinsent Masons has been ranked among the five most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times.
Further, Alastair Morrison, a Board member and Head of Client Strategy at Pinsent Masons, was joint-winner of the Legal Innovators category for his work over several years to promote collaboration with clients and third parties to resolve their most-pressing commercial challenges.
The firm was ranked 4th overall in the annual index in addition and recognised as:
In the individual categories the judges said of Alastair Morrison, “A theme of Alastair’s career has been his capacity to galvanise colleagues to rethink their approach, embrace change and move faster than the competition…Mr Morrison has pushed the firm to modernise, by forming innovative collaborations with clients and third-party providers.” He was recognised in particular for his work in fostering conditions in which the firm has launched several successful ventures in areas ancillary to traditional legal services, including its freelance lawyers service Vario, the acquisition of diversity and inclusion consultants Brook Graham and the development of legal solutions platform SmartDelivery. Richard Foley, Andrew Masraf and Alexander Bayer also received commendations.
Pinsent Masons' Senior Partner Richard Foley says:
“This is another important milestone in our continued transition toward becoming a purpose-led professional services business with law at its core. It is pleasing to see a wide range of work and individuals being recognised across our business, particularly following on from our ranking in the FT’s ten most innovative law firms in Asia Pacific earlier this year. What this demonstrates is the extent to which innovation, pushing the boundaries and promoting progress has become institutionalised across our business."
FT Innovative Lawyers Europe 2019 is an independently researched rankings report which recognises excellence in legal expertise and the business of law. This year the researchers received 750 submissions and nominations from 163 law firms, legal service providers and other organisations.
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