SINGAPORE, 9 June 2020 - The Straits Times has partnered with international market research firm Statista to launch a survey aimed at identifying the top law firms in the country. It welcomes clients and peers to participate and recommend law firms they know and appreciate. Recommendations can be made in 15 different legal categories, ranging from commercial topics such as banking & finance or maritime and shipping to conveyancing or private issues such as family and inheritance matters.
The survey will run until early August and can be accessed at https://str.sg/best-law-firms-sgp. Participation is free of charge and recommendations left will be treated as anonymous.
“The legal industry has been prospering in Singapore over the last few years, but it is also facing a period of massive structural issues at a daunting time,” explained K.C. Vijayan, ST’s Senior Law Correspondent who added, “Therefore, we think it is an excellent time to find out which firms stand out for their expertise and services in a given legal field.”
“We are very proud that The Straits Times, with its stellar reporting on legal matters has decided to partner with us on this topic,” said Thomas Clark, Partner at Statista. “In other countries where we have already executed similar mega-research on lawyers, we managed to get tens of thousands of recommendations. We hope to achieve the same here to provide research that, once published in ST, can service as excellent reader guidance.”
The publication of the best law firms by categories is planned for the end of the year, both in the print edition of ST as well as on straitstimes.com as an interactive table and thus will be a useful point of reference. Law firms that make it into the “best of” in a legal category will also get the opportunity to obtain a licence to use an Official Seal created for this ranking, with the trademarks of The Straits Times and Statista on it. Law firms can use it as a well-deserved eye-catcher to communicate their distinction in an easy and effective way.
This is already the third project where ST and Statista have decided to jointly execute a months-long research project, having previously identified before Singapore’s Fastest Growing Companies and Singapore’s Best Employers.
“The quality and comprehensiveness of the research in the first two projects left me convinced that Statista is not only an excellent and experienced market researcher but also understands what’s needed for good and authoritative journalism,” said Warren Fernandez, ST’s Editor-in-Chief.
“Partnering with The Straits Times is a special honour and distinction for us, as we have our biggest Asia office here in Singapore,” added Statista’s CEO & Founder Friedrich Schwandt.
The Statista Group has its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, and does not only run tailor-made research projects but also operates one of the biggest portals on statistics and forecasts, statista.com. Statista has wide experience with identifying the most recommended law firms throughout Europe and its national rankings are published in prestigious media brands in Germany, France or Italy. In the United Kingdom, it has partnered with The Times of London for three consecutive years on this topic. In Switzerland, where the number of lawyers and law firms is not much higher than in Singapore, thousands of peers and clients participated in the survey and left over 20,000 recommendations. “Let’s hope for a similar engagement and willingness to share their experience here in Singapore”, said Thomas Clark.
For more information on this survey, please contact:
K.C. Vijayan, Senior Law Correspondent, The Straits Times: email@example.com
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