Baker McKenzie has been named among the top 10 Most Innovative Law Firms in North America by the Financial Times in its 2017 Innovative Lawyers Report, considered one of the top legal rankings in the US, Canada and Mexico.
The FT, in collaboration with RSG Consulting, recognized Baker McKenzie for its forward-thinking work for clients across several categories, including Business of Law, Operations and Litigation and Disputes. The annual report assesses lawyers, law firms and professional services firms based on their innovation for both clients and their own businesses. Winners were selected through extensive research and interviews with more than 600 clients, senior lawyers, executives and experts, and this year's awards were the most competitive yet, the FT said.
"We are tremendously proud and honored to be named among the leading innovative law firms in North America," said Colin Murray, Baker McKenzie's Managing Partner in North America. "Innovation is an essential part of our Firm's strategy, and these recognitions are just a few great examples of how we are redesigning our delivery of legal services to help our clients navigate ever-changing industry demands and market forces around the world."
Baker McKenzie's Whitespace Legal Collab, a first-of-its-kind innovation hub that launched in Toronto in June, earned the FT's award for Innovation in the Business of Law: Strategy and Changing Behaviors. The Firm's Innovation in Motion Awards, which brought together teams of lawyers, clients, academics and technologists to identify problems and propose solutions through Design Thinking, also earned a "highly commended" rating in this category.
In addition, Baker McKenzie's global rollout of Relativity, the Firm's main e-discovery tool, earned a "standout" rating by the FT. Finally, the Firm's work advising RealD on an infringement of its patents received a "commended" rating.