In new analysis of Acritas Stars, a database of client-nominated stand-out lawyers that was released today, Baker McKenzie has received an impressive 192 lawyer nominations - 40 of those being women. The report also highlights Baker McKenzie's Léna Sersiron in an exclusive group of 13 women who have been nominated at least three separate times by different General Counsels.
Spotlight on Acritas Stars 2018: Driving high performance through Star talent and gender diversity includes a focus on a selection of the top female talent in our industry, those lawyers who have received nominations from three or more individual clients.
Paul Rawlinson, Global Chair, Baker McKenzie, commented:
Congratulations to all our lawyers who have been named in this list and I am delighted to see the number of women who feature. It's great to see Léna in the top 13 - a fantastic achievement. Acritas Stars is another great example of the talent that we have at Baker McKenzie."
Since 2015, Acritas have surveyed 4,300+ senior in-house counsel across the globe (during their wider Sharplegal survey) asking them to nominate stand-out lawyers they have dealt with. Acritas Stars is the result of these findings and formed an independent database of over 8,000 client-nominated, stand-out lawyers in private practice.
After deeper analysis of the data Acritas found that male clients were in fact half as likely to nominate a female Star lawyer, despite research revealing that clients rated male lead partner performance the same as female lead partner performance on every single performance attribute.
Lisa Hart Shepherd, CEO of Acritas, commented “The gender gap at equity partner level will only see material change if clients use their buyer muscle to give female lawyers in private practice more power. Money still talks in law firms and those who bring in the business are the ones who rise to the top.”
To help increase the levels of diversity at senior levels in law, Acritas have taken it upon themselves to campaign for more senior in-house counsel to work towards greater gender diversity by setting quotas at a minimum level of 1 in 3 female-led instructions. Acritas encourages in-house lawyers to use their free database of client-nominated stand-out talent as a trusted source for reviewing individual lawyer qualities, beyond geography and practice area.
Baker McKenzie are currently the world's strongest global law firm brand in Acritas’ Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index - an accolade which has been held for 8 consecutive years.