Europe’s independent firms focus on referral networks as cross-border M&A booms

In a world where the biggest global firms are just getting bigger – witness the recent formation of 6,500-lawyer behemoth Dacheng Dentons – it can be increasingly hard for independent firms to compete.

That’s why referral networks are so important these days, as this week’s special report shows.

From the success of Slaughter and May ’s ‘best friends’ model, to Nabarro’s Broadlaw alliance , through to the likes of membership network Lex Mundi, there are many different types of networks to pick from. And the network model is not limited to small firms – the report also looks at why Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is so committed to its ‘Stronger Together’ network.

In fact networks are such a fundamental part of the modern legal world that The Lawyer is devoting two days to the topic next month. Join us at our inaugural European Legal Networks Summit in London to discuss the pros and cons of the model, and how to make referral relationships work.

Delegate places for the summit, as well as tables for the European Awards on 12 March, are going fast so don’t miss out.

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