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International Lawyers Network Wins Global Law Firm Network of the Year

The International Lawyers Network has won Global Law Firm Network of the Year during The Lawyer European Awards 2021.

The Lawyer European Awards was established as a first-of-its-kind initiative to reward and celebrate excellence across the European legal market. Of the ILN, the judges said, “Great focus on diversity, budget planning and cross-border collaboration,” as well as “Admire the self-awareness leading to a governance restructure. Has responded well to the pandemic and its ‘success’ rates speak for themselves.”

Executive Director, Lindsay Griffiths said, “We are elated to be honored by The Lawyer with this award. We’d like to thank both The Lawyer and the judges for selecting us from among such a prestigious group of finalists and we are especially grateful to our members, whose hard work and dedication to the Network during this challenging year have made this possible. Our sincere congratulations to all the finalists and winners.”

About the ILN
The ILN is a non-exclusive network of high-quality mid-sized law firms, which operates to create a global platform in the provision of legal services, particularly for clients with international needs. With a presence in 67 countries, it is exceptionally well placed to offer seamless legal services, often of a cross-border nature from like-minded and quality legal practices. In 2021, the ILN was honored as Global Law Firm Network of the Year by The Lawyer European Awards, and in 2016 and 2017, they were shortlisted as Global Law Firm Network of the Year. Since 2011, the Network has been listed as a Chambers & Partners Leading Law Firm Network, recently increasing this ranking to be included in the top two percent of law firm networks globally. Today, the ILN remains at the very forefront of legal networks in its reach, capability, and depth of expertise.

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LinkedIn for Lawyers: There’s no Magic Bullet

Bad news everyone.

There’s no magic bullet when it comes to LinkedIn. Or, for that matter, any business development or marketing tool.

There’s only strategy and hard work.

Anyone who tells you differently is selling something.

Are there instances where you’ll connect with someone and they’ll immediately buy your services or you’ll write a post and it will go viral? Absolutely! That’s down to luck (and sometimes, strategy and hard work behind the scenes). But it’s not because there’s some trick to it all. You’re not going to suddenly “figure it all out” and have one tool be doing all the work for you and bringing you lots and lots of clients. It doesn’t work like that.

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Eddie Powell | Fladgate LLP

Eddie Powell is a partner with Fladgate LLP, a firm focused on partnerships with its clients and a member of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, Lindsay and Eddie focus on the firm’s accelerated agility, the relevance of armadillo racing to relationship building, and the ways in which the pandemic has emphasized the importance of mental health in the legal profession.

You can listen to the podcast here, or we’ve provided a transcript of the highlights below.

Lindsay: Hello and welcome to the Law Firm Intelligence podcast. I’m your host, Lindsay Griffiths, Executive Director of the International Lawyers Network. Joining us this week is Eddie Powell from Fladgate in London. Eddie, thank you for joining us. We’re really happy to have you with us. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and your firm and what’s going on at the moment?

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ILN Releases 6th Edition of Real Estate Publication, Offering a Summary of Key Real Estate Law Principles in 31 Countries

“Unwrap” the latest edition of the ILN Real Estate Group’s Guide for Buying & Selling Real Estate!

The International Lawyers Network’s Real Estate Specialty Group is excited to announce the sixth release of its real estate publication, “Buying & Selling Real Estate: An International Guide.” This collaborative electronic guide offers a summary of key real estate law principles in 31 countries across the globe, serving as a quick, practical reference for those buying and selling real estate in these jurisdictions.

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Five Essential Post-Pandemic Networking Tips for Lawyers

Just kidding – we’re not post-pandemic.

But in all seriousness, the last two years have dramatically changed the way in which we connect. But while some things may be different, other things will always remain the same.

One of my most popular posts this year was 5 Essential Networking Tips for Lawyers, so I thought I would update it for you to discuss what has changed and what has stayed the same, particularly as we head into the holiday season formerly filled with networking parties and now filled with additional lockdowns and questions about the future.

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LinkedIn: Three Actually Helpful Tips

There is a lot of advice out there on how to use LinkedIn and why you should use LinkedIn and what’s useful about LinkedIn – have I used “LinkedIn” enough in this sentence yet?

I’ll begin at the beginning with a little story and without naming any names. About 15 years ago, when I was a wee baby and before LinkedIn was at all popular with lawyers, I gave a presentation to about 200 of my clients, extolling the benefits of the platform and why it was going to be the “next big thing.” At that time, it was nowhere near as useful as it is today because it lacked engagement, but I could really see the benefits. One of our very senior attorneys tapped me on the shoulder in the middle of my speech and in a stage whisper, told me that no one cared about what I was saying, and I needed to cut the rest of the LinkedIn stuff out because I was running too long. It was by far one of the most mortifying moments of my career.

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ILN Firm of the Month – López-Ibor Abogados, Spain!

The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, López-Ibor Abogados, Spain!

López-Ibor Abogados is a firm that specializes in business law. With more than 20 years of experience, they are well-positioned as a leading firm, both nationally and internationally. They have offices in Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona, and a multidisciplinary team of more than 55 lawyers with a strong international profile, great experience in their areas of specialization, and knowledge of the different sectors in which they work. López-Ibor has been recognized as a leading full-service firm, by the most prestigious international rankings including Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, IFLR100, World Tax, and Best Lawyers.

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Dealing with Networking Negatives in the Virtual Age

Everyone is dealing with “zoom fatigue” these days, so it’s that much more irritating when you do make the time to hop on a virtual business development or networking session only to have it turn into a flop. I’m sure you’d rather have been billing or spending the time with your family or doing literally anything else, right?

Let’s instead look at some of the things that may go wrong and what you can do about them – I’m not talking about the famous “you’re on mute!” (I think we all know how to handle that by now) or other technical issues that crop up, but rather the true networking negatives.

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Five Frightful Business Development Mistakes Lawyers Make

It’s SPOoOooOooKY Halloween this weekend (can anyone tell me which podcast that’s from?) and so I’m bringing you a post on the five most frightful business development mistakes lawyers make (and how to avoid them!).

I love Halloween, so bear with me on this.

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Wait…Content Marketing Can Get Me…Clients??

I’m going to suggest a theory – that there are many lawyers out there who hear the phrase “content marketing” and assume that it’s either absolute nonsense (raise your hand) or more of that marketing hooey (and therefore secretly nonsense, or at the very least, not something you’re supposed to be involved in – raise your hand).

Am I right?

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