Interlaw is a network of elite independent full service corporate law firms with a distinguished reputation for delivering the highest international standards of ethics, client service and professionalism. Every prospective law firm is thoroughly vetted before an invitation is extended to join Interlaw, and each member’s participation and performance is monitored to assure continued quality control.
Interlaw’s culture is one of inclusion and familiarity. It is known as a “high touch” relationship network and is an organisation where collaboration and teamwork between member firms is highly visible and valued. Through a variety of initiatives, shared matters, referrals, Interlaw conferences, casual face-to-face firm visits, collaborative business development projects, social media, and meet-ups at professional conferences and congresses around the world, the lawyers of Interlaw build and have confidence in the capacity and capabilities of fellow member firms.
Lawyers of Interlaw foster friendships over many years and through many simple and sophisticated channels. Lawyers in Interlaw trust that their clients will be looked after with the highest level of competency and attention by their fellow member firms.
The lawyers of Interlaw extend the courtesies of “Best Client” status to fellow Interlaw members and their clients, including immediate response, quality legal counsel, transparency in billing, sharing of best practices, and open communication. Long-term relationships are created and fostered by the organisation.
Interlaw thoroughly vets prospective member firms, and generally considers only law firms located in a jurisdiction in which Interlaw does not currently host the primary office of a current member firm. Interlaw is not an exclusive network, and firms are not financially integrated. However, the lawyers of Interlaw tend to refer business to one another because they know that fellow member firms provide quality, responsiveness and excellence when delivering global legal services to their clients.
Interlaw and its member firms have been awarded high accolades from legal and business publications. Interlaw is ranked by Chambers & Partners in its highest category, “Elite” amongst all global law firm networks.
Benefits and Responsibilities of Membership
Lawyers and professionals of member firms are expected to adhere to shared core values of the association, especially by extending to members and their clients the courtesies of “Best Client” practices.
Interlawyers are encouraged to be active with Interlaw by joining Special Business Teams and Affinity Groups, publishing news and updates in Interlaw Briefings, keeping their firm profile pages updated through the Membership Website Update form, attending Meet-ups at professional congresses, receiving Interlawyers visiting their location, and participating in various initiatives as they see fit, including, scholarship opportunities, and secondments.
Every Interlaw member firm is peer-reviewed annually and each firm participates in Routine Reviews as part of the ongoing quality assurance program of the organisation.
Since personal relationships are key to Interlaw, every firm is required to send at least one delegate to attend the organisations Annual Global Meeting and their relevant regional meeting. Most firms send more than one delegate to these sessions and many attend Interlaw conferences beyond their region.
Lawyers and professionals of member firms are encouraged to be active within Interlaw by joining Special Business Teams and Affinity Groups, publishing Interlaw Briefings, attending Meet-ups at professional congresses, receiving lawyers visiting from other member firms visiting their location, and participating in various initiatives, scholarship opportunities, and secondments.
Selection generally includes the following steps:
Identification and Engagement
- Clients, lawyers of Interlaw, the Board or the executive team of Interlaw, may recommend law firms in which they have personal knowledge and admiration, or they may identify target cities for expansion.
- Law firms may submit a Prospective Member Form.
All submissions are kept in strict confidence and every submission of a prospective member firm receives a personal and individual response.
It is the entire law firm that becomes an Interlaw member, not just one individual lawyer. Therefore it is essential that the decision makers of the law firm support Interlaw membership and that the Interlaw relationship is thoroughly integrated throughout the member firm.
Due Diligence Process
- The Secretariat researches each legal market and profiles the independent law firms in the jurisdiction. Prospective members are considered for the firm’s reputation among peers, accolades from non-biased respected journals and associations, capacity (number of lawyers and depth of expertise) to perform superior legal work for clients expanding beyond borders, breadth of capabilities, size, primary and branch office locations.
- Interlaw generally supports only one member firm in a city or jurisdiction.
- Following consultation with the members and Board, the firms with the strongest credentials are selected to be shortlisted for possible membership.
- These prospective member firms receive pertinent information about the benefits and responsibilities of Interlaw membership.
- If there is mutual interest to pursue membership, the prospective member firm submits the form and a senior lawyer from Interlaw or a member of the Board of Directors visits the prospective member firm as part of the due diligence process.
Law Firm Visit
- A due diligence team, consisting of senior lawyers from Interlaw or Board members from the region, visits the prospective firms to meet the senior management and practitioners and to learn more about the scope and strength of practice areas, firm governance, and range of clients served. The team will discuss the benefits and responsibilities of membership and the prospective member law firm is encouraged to ask any question or convey any concern at this time, and to openly discuss with the due diligence team the level of interest in joining Interlaw. The due diligence visit will determine if the law firm fully understands and aligns with the core values and expectations of membership.
- Based on the results of the due diligence visits, a recommendation is made to the Board which then selects the candidate firm that demonstrates the “best fit” with Interlaw. Senior partners of the firm are then invited to attend a regional or annual meeting as an “observer firm”
Observer Firms’ Introduction to Interlaw; Invitation to Join
- During an annual regional or global meeting, the observer delegates meet with lawyers from Interlaw, present the capacity and capabilities of the firm, and describe the culture of the firm.
- Following the presentation, if all goes as well as expected, the Board approves extending an invitation to the candidate firm to join Interlaw, the firm accepts, and is introduced to the global network of Interlaw.
Lawyers and professionals of member firms commit to participating fully in the Interlaw’s conferences and activities to foster the development and reinforcement of personal relationships.
May we hear from you?
If you know Interlaw members, or if you are familiar with Interlaw and would like to explore joining the organisation, please submit the Prospective Member Form .