Dentons has been named a standout firm by the Financial Times in the 2017 FT Innovative Lawyers Awards, taking home the top prize for "Managing and Developing Talent" at the annual awards ceremony held in London on 4 October 2017.
The FT Innovative Lawyers Report is one of the top legal rankings in Europe and its corresponding awards are widely regarded as the best researched in the market. Since the report and awards were established over ten years ago, the Financial Times and its research partner, RSG Consulting, have assessed legal innovation in over 50 different countries from over 400 law firms and more than 400 in-house legal departments.
Dentons won the "Managing and Developing Talent" award for creating a 30-week development programme for lawyers who are on track to become partners. The programme aims to develop the skills expected of lawyers of the future, including being commercially and technically savvy, engaging, creative, confident, focused and resilient. It draws on neuroscience and coaching, balancing commercial objectives with a focus on health, and those who take part are also given commercial targets.
Jeremy Cohen, Dentons UK and Middle East Chief Executive Officer, said, "The senior development programme has lived up to all our hopes, achieving its goal of developing new leadership mind sets, skills and behaviours. We are delighted that the FT has recognised this innovative programme. This award reaffirms our strategy of helping future partners of the Firm develop the skills expected of lawyers of the future."
Tomasz Dąbrowski, Dentons Europe Chief Executive Office, said, "We are honoured to be recognised for our achievements in innovation – both for our clients and for our own business. Our training programme is fully aligned to the Firm's vision of becoming the law firm of the future now, targeting our up-and-coming professionals who have the drive and ambition to challenge traditional ways of working, implement inspiration and an inclusive style of leadership, and look for creative ways of providing commercially-driven client service."
Earlier this year, Dentons' senior development programme also won awards for "Best Programme for Leadership Development" at the MPF Awards for Management Excellence and “Best International Mentoring Programme” at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards.
The senior development programme is spearheaded by Patryk Zamorski, Europe Director of Talent, and Yvonne Garricks, UK and Middle East Head of Learning and Development, with close involvement of and support from senior management, partners and leaders of business support functions within Dentons.