Norton Rose Fulbright ranked second in Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2019

Australia Press release May 6, 2019

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has been ranked second for innovation in the Asia-Pacific region, among a crowded field of internationally headquartered firms. 

This recognition underscores the firm’s successful track record in providing innovative legal advice, creating new business models, and developing and launching new products and services in collaboration with clients and others.
There was substantial competition for this year’s Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers rankings. The FT received 537 submissions, and nominations from 81 law firms and legal service providers, and 40 in-house legal teams. A total of 60 law firms and 27 company legal teams were ranked across Asia-Pacific.

The firm had four initiatives ranked ‘Highly Commended’ by the FT, which were our:

  • joint venture with Jaramer Legal, a new majority Indigenous-owned commercial law firm in Australia. Jaramer Legal’s principals are Bevan Mailman and Brian Bero, working closely with Norton Rose Fulbright partners Peter Cash (Melbourne), Michael Greene (Sydney, Canberra) and Rebecca Hoare (Brisbane). 
    Ranked equal 2nd in the ‘New Business and Service Delivery Models’ category. Commended: Bevan Mailman and Peter Cash
  • new Deliver&Capture tool, a holistic risk management solution for construction and infrastructure projects which brings together in a single platform contract management, automated claims processing and collaboration capabilities. Lead partner James Morgan-Payler (Melbourne). 
    Ranked equal 2nd in the ‘New Products and Services’ category.
  • development of an insurance product that mitigates energy production risk to help facilitate the funding of the Lal Lal wind farm in Australia. Lead partners Robert Eberhardt (New York), Vittorio Casamento (Sydney), Kelly Davies (Sydney) and Jo Crew (Melbourne). 
    Ranked equal 3rd in the ‘Enabling Business Growth and Transformation’ category. 
  • advice to the ASEAN Financial Innovation Network, formed by the International Finance Corporation, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the ASEAN Bankers Association, on setting up a software-development platform. Lead partners Stella Cramer (Singapore) and Sheela Moorthy (Singapore). 
    Ranked equal 2nd in the ‘Creating a New Standard’ category.

Our new NRF Transform | Risk Sonar tool, a cloud-based solution that brings together powerful analytics, global human rights expertise and user-friendly design to identify and manage supply chain risk, was also one of just five new products shortlisted by the FT for a presentation to law firm clients in Singapore.

Norton Rose Fulbright managing partner in Australia Wayne Spanner commented:

“Right across the world there is a lot of attention on how the legal industry is innovating, and clients now expect to see tangible improvements in services and well-designed products. Our results in the FT’s Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2019 are our strongest yet and a great endorsement of the new initiatives and clever advice that we have successfully conceived and taken to market to deliver real benefits to clients.”

For more information, contact:

Alex Boxsell, Head of Digital Content & Campaigns, Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia
Tel: +61 (0)2 9330 8165 Mob: +61 (0)414 985 556 

Notes for editors:

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm providing the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. The firm has more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East.

Recognized for its industry focus, Norton Rose Fulbright is strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through its global risk advisory group, the firm leverages its industry experience with its knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Norton Rose Fulbright operates in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity, aiming to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of its offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see