Which would you prefer: to be well known, or well paid?

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This week saw the publication of Acritas’ report of the ‘Best Known Firms the World Over, 2015‘.

For regular readers of this blog, my views of reports of this kind should be pretty well known by now (hint: I don’t hold them in much stock).

However, this year’s Acritas report goes a step further:- not for who is in the report, but for who isn’t.

And who might they be?

Well, in Slaughter & May and Quinn Emmanuel, only two of the most profitable law firms in the world.

Which rather goes to show that either:

  • (a) “detailed telephone interviews of 1,059 heads of legal departments, their deputies or chief operating officers at 1,048 companies at randomly selected companies with gross revenues of at least $1 billion” means that neither of these firms is that well known, and/or
  • (b) there’s very little correlation between being well known and being well paid.

Given the choice though of coming top of a league of well known law firms or top of a table of most profitable law firms (profits per equity partner), I know which I’d choose.

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