The law firm beat out some heavyweight competitors to top the list
Among Australian firms, Corrs ranked highest in all three categories – client relationship skills, technical legal ability and project management – in the report, according to The Australian Financial Review. It topped the Big Six – Allens, Ashurst, Clayton Utz, Herbert Smith Freehills, King & Wood Mallesons, and MinterEllison – which have now become international firms in their own rights.
The Legal 500’s Client Intelligence Report surveyed 9,096 in-house counsel and client respondents in 188 countries from April to May 2016. In Australia, the survey included feedback from 226 general counsel from companies that have an aggregate law firm spend of $3.2b a year.
Corrs Partner and CEO John W.H. Denton AO said that the firm’s commitment to truly understanding its clients’ businesses is paying off, though it means the firm has to put in more effort.
“We invest an incredible amount of time and resources into listening to our clients, studying their businesses, understanding the challenges they face, and helping them see around corners,” he said.
Across APAC, Corrs also ranked first by client KPI scores. It beat out Dentons, the world’s largest law firm by lawyer headcount, which placed second. Chinese Red Circle firm Zhong Lun came in third, followed by Clifford Chance. Linklaters, Allens’ associated firm, completes the APAC top five. Gilbert + Tobin, MinterEllison, HSF, Ashurst, Clayton Utz, and KWM also feature in the APAC top 20.
APAC law firms ranked by client KPI scores – 2016
- Corrs Chambers Westgarth
- Zhong Lun
- Clifford Chance
- Gilbert + Tobin
- Khaitan & Co
- Herbert Smith Freehills
- Rajah & Tann
- Kim & Chang
- DLA Piper
- Baker McKenzie
- Allen & Gledhill
- Clayton Utz
- King & Wood Mallesons
- Norton Rose Fulbright
- Jones Day
- Hogan Lovells
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