ZICOlaw wins the Innovation in Corporate Strategy Award in the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards, 2014


The Financial Times (FT) Innovative Lawyers Awards and its accompanying report was established some eight and four years ago respectively in Europe and the US. It has become one of the top legal rankings in Europe and is widely regarded as the best researched in the market. The FT report looks at innovation in private practice in two ways – how lawyers deliver transformational value to clients and how the legal solutions are delivered.

Since 2006, FT Innovative Lawyers has produced a seismic change in the legal industry across Europe and the US, and they are now turning their attention to innovative legal ideas and strategies in the Asia-Pacific region.

This year, FT launches the first Innovative Lawyer Awards in Asia Pacific and the first FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Report.

The 2014 FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyer Awards recognises the most innovative legal work in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea. Firms that are doing the most to transform the legal market, the most innovative individuals working in the Asia-Pacific region as well as the in-house legal teams that are adding the most value to business will be recognised.

ZICOlaw was invited to participate and we took part in two submissions.  The submissions are for the Business of law: Corporate Strategy and the Innovative Lawyer award categories. The categories look at innovative legal solutions that provide the distinct value add services with outstanding business strategies for clients.

We are delighted to announce that ZICOlaw won the Innovation in Corporate Strategy Award for law firms that are headquartered in the Asia-Pacific region. The award ceremony was held on 11 June 2014 in Hong Kong and the firm was ranked number one in this category.

In addition to the award won, ZICOlaw was also shortlisted for the other following awards:

  1. Most Innovative ASEAN Law Firm – For the firm’s overall performance in the report
  2. Most Innovative Law Firm – Based on the firm’s ranking in the FT Law 25 index of innovative law firms
  3. Most Innovative Lawyer – Mr. Chew Seng Kok, Regional Managing Partner as innovative individual that drove the industry & firm’s innovation

This marks as a great achievement for the firm given the number of high quality entries submitted for these awards and immense competition from firms across Asia Pacific.

We are also pleased to announce that ZICOlaw is one of the Asian law firms being ranked and featured in the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Report. The report highlights the rapid changes lawyers faced within the region. This year’s report and awards drew on over 300 submissions from 90 leading law firms in the Asia-Pacific region. RSG Consulting, the research partner to the FT Innovative Award for this project conducted over 450 client, expert and lawyer interviews.

ZICOlaw is featured in the following articles:

  1. Rapid change sees law firms rise to fresh challenges across jurisdictions
  2. Lawyers connect Asia-Pacific economies to each other and the world
  3. Asia-Pacific law firms help their clients to think global
  4. Rankings report

To access to the full report of FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Report, please click here.