Avrio membership: how has it benefitted my firm?
I’ve been involved with Avrio for many years – as representative of my firm, as board member and as president – so I guess that I am well placed to answer the question: how has membership benefitted my firm? The answer is: in many ways.
The firm has benefitted by being able to refer issues that important clients of ours have in other jurisdictions to know and trusted colleagues. I am acutely aware that, should something go wrong in a problem overseas, it is likely to be us to who get the blame. For that reason, it’s important that we really know the people in the firm to whom the work is passed: know them, have met them and have socialised with them - and not just pick their names from a list.
The work that we get through Avrio falls into 3 categories: (a) work from existing clients because of our Avrio membership (for example, we can help a Scottish client with issues in Switzerland); (b) work for people in our jurisdiction who are not yet clients, who come to us because of Avrio membership – the extra “reach” they see us having; and (c) work that is referred to us from colleagues in other jurisdictions.
Last, but certainly not least, the firm has benefitted because Avrio has given our people experience and training that they would not otherwise have had. I can speak with confidence on what I know of other jurisdictions – and with equal confidence that where I don’t know something (which is usually the case) I know someone who will know. And, Avrio meetings are a great training ground for our young lawyers.
If you have any more questions, come to one of our meetings and ask me in person!
Avrio or similar organization is must for lawyers that deal with international aspects.
The benefit of picking up the phone and getting a reliable answer from somebody you know personally and professionally is very high.
That they are reliable you know from meeting them at the bi-annual meetings.
These meetings have resulted in life long friendships between members.
We see many benefits in different spheres:
- To enlarge our office through a network of trusted professionals abroad and ideally to use this as a way to make things happen – either opportunities for our clients or ventures that we can set-up and sell to our clients;
- To meet colleagues and learn about trends, the business, and gain perspective on our practice: market & legal environment.
We want to grow both our firm and use of Avrio in the next year(s), so we are looking to make ourselves more relevant (especially to European members since we’re across the ocean!) and increase volume of business.
I have been a member since 2005 and for me and my firm Avrio is a great forum to build up personal relationships with excellent lawyers from all over Europe and beyond as it is very important for an international firm to have reliable, well known collaborators from as many jurisdictions as possible.
In addition, it is an excellent forum to discuss various legal and administrative matters and developments in Europe and in other countries where we have members.
Furthermore, the personal relationships created over the last 14 years have really proved precious!