Stars and Stellar Performance

As part of its Sharplegal research program, Acritas interviews around 2,500 senior legal decision makers each year. Each respondent is asked to nominate the three most outstanding individual lawyers they have instructed over the past year: what did they use them for and why were they stand out?  These individuals are known as Acritas Stars.


We then also survey our Acritas Star lawyers to explore two things; what do they do that creates this fabulous client experience; and what do their law firms do that either encourages this or gets in the way?

From analyzing their responses, we now have an amazingly rich set of data which we are using to help our law firm clients to enhance leadership and management and, in particular, to attract, retain and develop outstanding talent. This program is named “Stellar Performance”.

Our data has shown that “Star” lawyers provide benefits to law firms. These individuals: 

For law firms interested in accessing more of our Stellar Performance data, please contact Jo Summers at +44 808 178 3020.

We have also produced a number of modules which can be accessed for a fee and delivered either as a slide deck or in a workshop environment.  For firms who have had over 25 Star lawyers respond to the survey, we are able to benchmark your firm’s results to the overall or a peer group of at least ten firms (the survey can be reopen at a cost to increase your firms base).

Workshop topics available to you include:

Delivered on-line for practice or sector group meetings or great for retreat content.

  • Developing future Star lawyers
  • Creating sector specialists
  • Building an effective key client team
  • Getting ROI from innovation
  • Improving collaboration and international collaboration
  • Building high performing teams
  • Building best practice support functions
  • Rethinking performance management and related compensation models
  • Increasing partner engagement and reducing flight risk
  • Moving the dial on gender diversity

If you would like to have a presentation of the Stellar Performance research or discuss how it might be used alongside your own programs, please do email or call

Jo Summers at on +44 808 1783020


Steve Blundell at on +44 808 178 3020

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