Baker McKenzie Named Mainland Europe’s Strongest Law Brand

Leading Global law firm Baker McKenzie has been named Europe’s strongest law brand in the 2018 Acritas Mainland Europe Index.

The Firm received an overall score of 100 – nearly 30 points ahead of the firm that ranked second place – and ranked top for awareness, favourability, top level engagement, multi-jurisdictional deals, multi-jurisdictional litigation, high value usage and inbound usage. The Firm ranked number one in France and Russia, and placed high in Germany, Spain and Italy.

Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort, Baker McKenzie’s Chair of the EMEA region, said: “To be named the top legal brand in Europe is an outstanding endorsement of the work we do and is welcome validation from the European market of the progress we have made. We’ve built our business around investing in our client relationships and innovating to stay relevant to clients so we’re delighted that commitment has been recognised by senior legal buyers across Europe.”

Ranking is based on the responses of 448 senior legal buyers, based in Mainland Europe about their organization’s overall legal needs, and a further 311 senior legal buyers about their international needs in the key jurisdictions of France, Germany, Netherlands, Russia and Spain.

Esteban Raventós, a member of the Firm’s Global Executive Committee, said: “Brands are built upon trust, and in professional services trust is built through excellent service and expertise. We’re pleased to be recognised for the depth of our practice in mainland Europe and our unique ability to deliver global perspectives and local expertise simultaneously.”

The Firm’s European ranking follows Acritas naming Baker McKenzie the strongest global law firm brand in its Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index for the ninth year in a row. In the global survey, the Firm ranked at the top for each of the measures in the Acritas Index – awareness, favourability, consideration for multijurisdictional deals and for multijurisdictional litigation.

Ashurst celebrates the ‘First 100 Years of Women in Law’

International law firm Ashurst marks the centenary of women in law, in support of the First 100 Years initiative, with a photomosaic portrait of Ada Evans, the first Australian woman to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws.

The First 100 Years is an inspirational history project, supported by the Law Society of NSW and Women Lawyers Association of NSW, charting the journey of women in law since enactment of enabling legislation throughout Australia in the early 1900s.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Legal Status Act 1918 (NSW) which allowed women to practise as lawyers and to stand for parliament for the first time in NSW. Laws were changing throughout Australia from the early 1900s onwards. Victoria was the first state to allow women to practice law in 1903, with other states following soon after.

Commenting on the project and the launch of the photomosaic, Ashurst partner Sarah Dulhunty said:

“We are delighted to have partnered with the First 100 Years project team on this initiative to recognise and celebrate the contribution women have made to the legal profession. The photomosaic initiative has been a great way to mark this significant centenary and reflects our continued support for progressing gender equality within the profession. Thank you to all our staff, clients and affiliates who participated in this fantastic initiative.”


Tokyo – A City Guide for Lawyers and Legal Professionals

Tokyo, the capital of Japan is one of the largest, busiest and most populated metropolises in the world. This vibrant city is also called city of cities. You may think of it as several cities interlinked through an excellent public transport system. It also is a major commercial and financial hub of Japan.

Though Tokyo is called the “Most Livable City” in the world by the magazine Monocle and was ranked first in the 2017 Safe Cities Index, this massive city can be confusing for first timers.

So here is a quick guide to help any lawyers or legal professionals more effectively navigate Tokyo when they visit.

Getting Around Tokyo

From ultra speed bullet trains to bicycle on rent, Tokyo offers array of convenient choices for getting around. To save you from getting overwhelmed and confused with the available choices we have shortlisted the easiest way of getting around Tokyo.

Trains & Subway – Tokyo has the world’s best and most sophisticated railway system. It is the best way to get to any part of the city. HyperDia is a website where you can find possible routes to get to your destination, including the cost and the transfers involved.

Taxis – Taxis are excellent but considered expensive in Tokyo. They are however, a good option to avoid transfers while commuting from trains. You can always visit the nearest station to your destination and from there take a taxi.

Buses – Buses are not recommended to tourists but if you plan to travel to lesser known areas or would like to avoid the crowded train stations, Toei transportation will serve as a handy guide.

Prepaid Cards – While there are many prepaid cards available, including unlimited rides for day cards, Suica and Pasmo cards are the best prepaid cards that are valid on trains, subways, as well as buses.

Suica card can also be used at stores, kiosks, taxis and for pickup at the airport.

BicycleRenting a bike is a great way of exploring the city. They are available through membership plans as well.

Data SIM Card – A visitor SIM will help you stay connected with your loved ones. It needs to be ordered in advance and you can arrange for it to be delivered to you at the airport or the hotel.

Hotels, Restaurants, Shopping, and Entertainment

Tokyo is so massive that it’s impossible to explore the entire city in a short trip. Also, it’s easy to get lost so we recommend staying near the JR Yamanote line or any subway station for convenience. We have selected some of the best and attractive places for you to stay in Tokyo, near Yamanote line that offers the best of hotels, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions, all at a convenient walking distance.


The Tokyo Station Area



Roppongi and Akasaka

Other convenient locations include:

Nihombashi, Shinagawa, Hamamatsucho and Shiodome

Ebisu, Daikanyama and Meguro

Tokyo Legal Resources

Japan Bar Associations

Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA), Chiyoda-Ku  – The JFBA, is an organization of mandatory membership and represents all attorneys in Japan.

Bar associations are established in each of the jurisdictions of the district courts, but the Tokyo area has traditionally had three bar associations. Attorneys that have a law firm in Tokyo become members of one of the following three Tokyo Local Bar Associations.

The Tokyo Bar Association

The Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association

The Dai-Ni Tokyo Bar Association

Lawyers qualified as foreign attorneys receive permission from the Minister of Justice and join a bar association as a foreign lawyer registered in Japan.

Inter Pacific Bar Association, Minato-ku, Tokyo – Established in April 1991, IPBA is an international association of business and commercial lawyers who live in, or have a strong interest in, the Asia-Pacific Region.

JCAA – The only permanent commercial arbitral institution in Japan, that contributes to the resolution of disputes arising from international and domestic business transactions

Roppongi Bar Association – Since its establishment in 1982, the RBA has served as a networking organization primarily consisting of foreign legal professionals located in Japan. It is a unique resource for those involved in the international legal community in Japan, or an interest in issues affecting the community.

Top Law Firms in Japan

The domestic market is dominated by the following four major Japanese firms:

  • Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
  • Nishimura & Asahi
  • Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
  • Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Aisalaw has an exhaustive list of industry specific top lawyers of Japan.

Leading international firms include:

  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • White & Case

Tokyo is back on the  global law firm radar with the advent of international law firms like Mayer Brown, Debevoise & Plimpton and King & Spalding, in Japan, with outbound projects and M&A deals.

Japan was due to open an international arbitration body specializing in intellectual property in Tokyo in September, the first one in Asia designed to facilitate resolution of a growing number of patent disputes.

Legal Events in Japan

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