Global network of the year
Nextlaw Referral Network
When Dentons moves, it moves fast. In the summer of 2016 the Nextlaw Referral Network (NRN) was born. Two and a half years on, it has 31,000 lawyers and covers every major jurisdiction. Firmly grounded as a technology platform, NRN is supported by proprietary software that allows member firms to connect and track referrals and whose algorithm promotes repeat reciprocal business. There is also a search functionality for women and minority-owned firms. As part of its offering, NRN also has a data and analytics dashboard to enhance firms’ and streamlining document processing. On average, each of the top 50 firms in NRN has referred work on 300 occasions.
The judges said it was ‘The stand out submission in this category,’. ‘It has grown significantly and it makes a clear statement that they "treat other firms as collaborators - not competitors" which is exactly what GC's and their teams are looking for. Their list of working examples of collaboration is the most extensive and the matters are substantial.’ The judges also commended the algorithmic recommendations as ‘highly innovative’, while NRN’s coverage and technology investment overall was deemed ‘very impressive’.
Highly commended: Lex Mundi
One of the earliest networks in the world, Lex Mundi has developed into a genuinely collaborative group of firms that now numbers 160, with five added last year. Particularly striking is the network’s central investment in intelligence to support cross-border business development opportunities and scenario planning. The judges called Lex Mundi ‘probably the classiest of the networks' and praised the ‘impressive training for leadership and professional development’.
First Law International