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Benefits and Advantages

The benefits of working with World Link for Law members as an international legal association of independent law firms.
 
World Link for Law comprises 70 law firms and over 310 partners and 600 lawyers in 47 countries worldwide (and 80 locations). Most firms are medium size and they all are focused on providing corporate/commercial legal services to medium sized companies involved in international trade.  The association is primarily a work referral network, with strong personal affiliations, providing members and their clients with easy and confident access to other member law firms overseas (and vice versa). To secure minimum standards in work referral situations, the association has a quality code that binds all members. The association also organises conferences; shares practice management ideas; exchanges information and publishes business and legal information.
 
Some benefits include: 
  • Cost: Fees will generally be lower as smaller independent firms, with lower overheads, no large central administration costs or sharing of profit issues.
  • Experience/capability: Many firms are led by partners who are breakaways from large national firms. Many firms are individually recommended for their work in international directories (e.g. Chambers and Partners; European and Asia Pacific ‘Legal 500’) 
  • International coverage and representation: If we can’t fill a gap, our members can usually introduce other firms that they know or have worked with in the past.
  • Generally broad based firms: On average 5/6 partners per firm. (Many international firms have offices that are only corporate finance and banking focused – our members provide a broad range of commercial legal services and it is easy for us to create specialist teams e.g. in employment law, intellectual property or international tax law issues).
  • Local knowledge and management: All our members are local people (many international firms deploy foreigners in overseas offices e.g. US lawyers in London; English lawyers in Paris etc). Your local partner will take responsibility for your work liaising as necessary with overseas colleagues, unless you wish to deal direct.
  • Size: Large enough to cope, small enough to care
  • Relationships: Our members know each other; meet at conferences and meetings; many are friends. (In many international firms, the partners do not meet and often meet for the first time at tender presentations)
  • Quality: Our Quality Code binds our firms and it concerns reporting, response times and communications and obligations about working together (+ post matter questionnaires) – the quality code is an obligatory part of membership. There are strict selection procedures for new members – mainly based on recommendation of existing members; due diligence/visits to firms and various client references are taken.
  • We are not a ‘multi-disciplinary’ network, so there is no obligation to refer non-legal work (and vice versa) to others in the same group, which means impartiality.

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