Financial Times Names GLT Law As One of the Most Innovative Asia Pacific Law Firms

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Petaling Jaya, 5 May 2019: Gan, Lee & Tan (GLT Law) is honoured to have been placed in top 5 innovative law firms in the Asia Pacific and was commended at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers (Asia Pacific) Awards 2019, in the “Innovation in the Business of Law: Technology” category for pioneering creative solutions to meet client needs.

GLT Law is the only Malaysian law firm listed in that category, alongside other notable big firms and corporations including Gilbert + Tobin, Minter Ellison, Pinsent Masons, Allen & Overy, L’Oreal, Uber and DBS Bank.

This is the first year that GLT Law has entered the awards.

GLT Law was commended by the Financial Times for its work on the two innovative legal tech products: AI Chatbot and Online Legal Health Check Assessment Tool, which are designed to help small and medium businesses to navigate through legal hurdles. GLT Law is the 1st Malaysian law firm that provides these free online tools.

Using natural language processing and machine learning techniques powered by IBM Watson Assistant, the AI Chatbot allows users to find common answers to certain legal questions covering 6 areas of law.

The legal health check tool is built around an interactive set of questionnaires that specifically targets 9 common areas of business gaps that usually fall short of legal compliance. Users will just need to answer some simple questions for 5-10 minutes and GLT Law’s lawyers will assess the answers and generate a free legal health check report within 1 working day.

The recognition by Financial Times injects a strong motivation for GLT Law to continue to push the boundaries towards the forefront of providing better and more accessible legal services.

Edwin Lee, the Managing Partner of GLT Law had this to say about the award:

Innovation is at the heart of our culture. We are grateful that Financial Times recognizes our efforts in developing innovative approaches as we continue to embrace the challenge of finding new and creative ways to provide effective legal solutions for our clients. It further recognizes us as an innovative and forward-thinking law firm and reflects our commitment to delivering quality legal services through innovative technology.”

FT Innovative Lawyers (Asia-Pacific) 2019 is a rankings report and awards for lawyers based in the Asia Pacific region. It is independently and rigorously researched by its partner RSG Consulting, a UK-based legal strategy consultancy that conducts ground-breaking investigations into the global legal industry.

The FT Innovative Lawyers Report is one of the top legal rankings in the world and the awards are widely regarded as the best researched in the market. Shortlists for the awards comprise the top-scoring submissions in each ranking.

For 2019, RSG Consulting had received a total of 537 submissions and nominations. They were from 81 law firms and legal service providers and 40 in-house legal teams from Asia Pacific. The research was conducted by RSG researchers between January – March 2019. RSG conducted interviews with more than 400 clients, senior lawyers, executives and experts to arrive at the final rankings. Each entry is scored out of 10 points for originality, leadership and impact for a maximum score of 30. They are then benchmarked against each other to arrive at the final rankings.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

To view the full list of firms and companies listed in this category, please click here.

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