WELCOME TO ACRITAS QUARTERLY: October 2018

October 2018:

 Innovation brings reward for global brands who are adapting to the new world

► Gender plays a role in which law firm Partners would most like to work for

 Empathy is an essential skill for the most exceptional lawyers  

► The Big Four are rapidly growing in the legal brandscape in the last 12 months 

► How corporate law departments in Hong Kong are dealing with Asian market growth & regulatory pressure


Innovation brings reward for global brands who are adapting to the new world

Acritas’ ninth annual Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index shows that law firms who are adapting to the new world are gaining brand strength.

Recognition for being innovative, credible coverage in key markets, an authentic industry focus and a strong consideration for multi-jurisdictional M&A are driving success for global law firms in 2018, as Lisa explains in her latest video.


Gender plays a role in which law firm Partners would most like to work for

According to Acritas’ latest global survey of stand-out lawyers, Latham & Watkins is the stand-out firm men would like to work for. Whereas, women favor a different set of firms, with Latham dropping down the ranks and Hogan Lovells just making the top spot among a closely ranked group of firms.


Empathy is an essential skill for the most exceptional lawyers

Brenda L. Pritchard was one of only 13 women globally to be nominated three or more times from individual clients as a stand-out lawyer, according to senior in-house counsel surveyed for our global Sharplegal study.

Lizzy Duffy, US VP, travelled to Toronto to find out from Brenda what makes a great lawyer, the importance of empathy and her thoughts on diversity that law firm and clients should hear.


The Big Four are rapidly growing in the legal brandscape in the last 12 months

PwC Legal emerges as the strongest alternative legal brand in the second annual Acritas Global Alternative Legal Brand Index.

“It’s not just PwC Legal that both old law and new law need to fear. All of the Big Four have seen significant increases in brand strength over the last 12 months,” warns Lisa Hart Shepherd, CEO.


How corporate law departments in Hong Kong are dealing with Asian market growth & regulatory pressure

Corporate law departments in Hong Kong are dealing with increasing workflow due mostly to the strong growth in many Asian markets and more international activity. These law departments feel great pressure, as they seek to comply with not only domestic regulations in Hong Kong, but with a complex web of international rules as well.

Download the 2018 State of Corporate Law Departments in Hong Kong report today to understand more.


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