Hogan Lovells named second Most Innovative Firm at Financial Times Europe Awards 2022

Hogan Lovells named second Most Innovative Firm at Financial Times Europe Awards 2022

Awards & rankings | 14 October 2022

London, 14 October 2022 —  Global law firm Hogan Lovells was named the 2nd Most Innovative Law Firm at the 2022 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe awards, marking the eighth consecutive year that the firm has ranked in the top 10. The awards were announced during a live event last night. The firm also picked up individual wins in two categories: Market Firsts and Learning & Development. 

Commenting on the results, Hogan Lovells EMEA Managing Partner – José Maria Balañá, said: “The market for legal services is very competitive, and a proven ability to innovate is more important than ever. The outstanding results we have achieved in this award over the last few years speaks to our success in creating an innovative mindset across our firm.” 

Hogan Lovells was selected as second most innovative law firm based on a number of submissions, including several showcasing new technology and legal approaches developed by our lawyers from several offices in Europe.

The firm was selected as the winner in two categories:

In “Market Firsts”, Paris-based Private Equity partners Matthieu Grollemund and Hélène Parent were honored for their work on behalf of client Ynsect, a startup with ambitious plans for large-scale food production using mealworms bred by robots. Matthieu and Hélène overcame numerous legal and practical challenges to help Ynsect with innovative structured finance and approaches to litigation.  

Hogan Lovells was also named the winner in the “Learning and Development” category for enhancing the firm’s client-focused culture through a Sales Transformation Program, led by Adam Soames, Catriona Robinson and Zoe Conlin.

The firm was also featured as a standout in three further categories:

  • In “Digital Legal Services”, London-based partners Nicholas Roberts and Dan Norris were recognised for their leadership in the creation of DriveChain, a “blockchain-enabled”, ecosystem-scale document and contract automation technology, the first of its kind launched by a law firm; 
  • In “Long term strategies for success”, for our work on behalf of the families of the “Essex 39”, changing the way victims of human trafficking are compensated. Partner Liam Naidoo was also personally commended for his work on this matter; and
  • In “Responsible Business', for our work creating a pathway for the rescue and relocation of Afghan refugees. This was work was led by Yasmin Waljee OBE, Ina Brock and Amy Roma.
  • These results add to the firm’s outstanding record of success and recognition in these awards. In 2021 the firm won Most Innovative Firm in the Business of Law in North America.

    The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe 2022 report can be found here