Acritas Stars Survey: Stand-Out Talent 2019

In February 2019 we conducted our third annual global study sending out an invite to over 10,000 lawyers in our Acritas Stars database. The aim was to refresh and deepen our understanding of what makes these people such stand-out lawyers.

The survey had seven main areas of exploration:

  • What qualities the star lawyers believe make them stand out to clients
  • Benefits and barriers to collaboration
  • Drivers of satisfaction and current firm performance
  • Perceived and desired opportunities for progression
  • Billable hours and compensation benchmarks
  • Perceptions of innovation
  • Aspirational employer brands

We received over 1,800 responses to this survey and have produced the report “Stellar Performance: A Survey of Stand-Out Talent 2019” which has been sent to all the Star lawyers who took part in this survey. 

You can download an executive summary of these findings below.

Or to access the full set of data and analysis please contact Jo Summers on +44 808 178 3020 or

How to get involved in Acritas Stars?

Individual Star lawyers – please respond to our surveys and you will receive exclusive reports summarizing our ground-breaking work as well as invitations to webinars and events.

Law firms – encourage your Stars to respond and you too will receive the exclusive reports highlighting the key findings. You can also buy the full research findings and where you have sufficient numbers of lawyers responding, benchmark your firm’s performance.

Please note we will always protect the anonymity of your Star lawyers’ individual responses and you will not be able to see individual firm findings aside from your own firm.

Senior in-house counsel – to gain free access to the global database of Star lawyers and to our broader research including spend benchmarking analytical tools, contact us to participate in our 25-minute Sharplegal research telephone interview, or book your appointment now using our online booking app.

Please note qualifying criteria apply including minimum revenue size and decision-making authority when appointing external providers.

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