About our research
Asialaw Profiles 2014 is based on extensive consultation with the market. Our research material comes from a combination of sources:
The process starts with detailed surveys being sent to firms and clients, followed by in-depth interviews with lawyers and law firm representatives – conducted face-to-face and over the telephone – as well as additional research. Our aim is to present balanced and detailed editorial chapters.
We invite law firms to complete a set of questionnaires telling us about their activities over the previous year. We ask for descriptions of the firm’s most important deals in each practice area, as well as information about key contacts, personnel moves and client details.
Nobody knows the legal market as well as the people who make it. For this reason, we interview a large number of the leading lawyers from a range of disciplines in each jurisdiction, both over the telephone and face-to-face. We ask them their opinions on our previous year’s recommendations, their competitors’ specific strengths, and their jurisdiction’s leading lawyers. In addition, we discuss recent trends and their effect on their jurisdiction’s legal market.
To achieve the most objective coverage possible, we conduct telephone interviews with in-house counsel and other buyers of financial legal services throughout the year. We ask clients about their experiences with each firm they use, as well as their feedback on specific lawyers. The information given by clients is a key factor for us. Please see page 8 for a list of clients that we contacted for last year’s edition.
All members of our research team have received training in journalism and financial markets, and are adept at reading around the subject. Using the unique resources of Legal Media Group’s array of magazine titles, directories and events, a year-round supply of press releases, and a well developed database of contacts, each member of the research team is able to understand the nuances of their assigned jurisdictions.
Our research schedule
Feb 20 Distribution of questionnaires
Apr 19 Deadline for questionnaires
Feb – Jun Interviews (client & private practice)
Jul – Aug Finalising content & conclusion of research
September 30 Publication of Asialaw Profiles 2014