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If you are looking to develop or enhance your international capabilities to meet the needs of clients across national borders, WLA could be the right choice for you. Joining WLA means both you and your clients gain access to shared knowledge and expertise across our network. We work with growing member firms with high standards of integrity and a strong professional reputation, who are keen to join our network and contribute actively to its continued success.
If you would like to join WLA and still retain your independence, please read membership related details and FAQ’s carefully on this page before filling out the membership form below.
Instantly expand your geographic reach without the challenges and expense associated with launching own overseas offices Market your niche to a wider audience across the globe at a fraction of your invested resources Get on the radar of new corporate clients around the world Improved awareness in the local marketplace, as well as internationally, whether you are branded or unbranded
Business development support and international networking opportunities. Make a joint pitch with WLA for large or high value clients Develop your pro bono activities and more in the chosen sector, location or practice areas Grow and diversify your client base through inbound work referrals from other WLA member firms, both regional and international. Send a referral to the most competent law firm and get referrals from other law firms Build your network and stimulate business development opportunities by participating in global, regional and national web-live and live events
Assured marketing and outreach footprint via WLA campaigns Assured guaranteed minimum business inquiries or leads from WLA central marketing team or home office Assured referrals in lieu of referrals – Inbound and outbound referral of engagements from other member firms worldwide.
Join WLA as a ‘WLA Firm’, ‘WLA Member’ or ‘WLA Associate’.
Each member firm and Associate is independent and is responsible for its own liabilities. Only member firms of WLA are considered full members through their member status in WLA.
“WLA Associate” is allowed to identify themselves as a “WLA Associate’. They are not member firms of ‘World Law Alliance’ or ‘WLA’ and have limited rights and obligations. They have no voting rights and can not participate in any of the internal WLA working groups, Industry and practice groups. Their role is limited to the exchange and Referral of work with other WLA members and associates as a certified legal or law practice. Associates can use the term “WLA Associate” as an expression and identification that the firm is a “WLA Associate” and agree to provide services and advice to clients or member firms in locations where, at present, there is no member firm.
WHO CAN BECOME A WLA ASSOCIATE? LEARN MORE ABOUT WLA ASSOCIATE HERE
Our success comes from bringing together ‘like-minded’ individuals and firms who share the WLA vision and value honesty, integrity, innovation and mutual trust. What we look for in a member Firms that provide highly specialized and focused practice related to a jurisdiction, industry or practice area. Or firms with resource capacity. English-speaking capabilities at the partner level Willingness to share knowledge and participate in WLA activities Size is not critical, but a minimum of two partners suggests that a firm has the resources and capabilities we look for.
Application for membership is made by completing an application form. There is no cost to make an application. This form asks for general details about your firm; experience of providing legal services, details of your skills/experience etc. Once completed, this is circulated to our Board of Directors for acceptance (or to ask further questions).
Membership starts after payment of a nominal annual membership fee which is based on the number of partners in your firm. New members are also obliged to sign the WLA’s Quality Code (to identify their compliance with it) and to acknowledge the Rules and Regulations of the Association.
Local and Global Expertise.
Members are generally well-established medium-sized firms in their jurisdictions, with substantial partner involvement and both local and international expertise. Firms are responsible for their own staff and work projects. We also admit sole practitioners, boutiques and large practices. English fluency is essential.
Active and Engaged.
Membership to WLA is non-exclusive, but participation in regional and practice-specific networks is encouraged. Firms share an ongoing commitment to the operation and development of WLA, such as participation in conferences and events and prompt response to WLA requests and referrals from other firms.
Shared Values of Honesty, Trust, and Innovation.
Mutual trust and friendship are among the fundamental attributes of WLA membership. Members must adhere to principles of honesty and integrity in all professional dealings, and should observe modern business practices and the ability to communicate efficiently through modern communication channels.
Members will be allowed to use WLA identity and can use any of the tag lines mentioned below-
The logo can essentially be used at the bottom footer of a website and email signatures.
The WLA logos will be shared with descriptions on how to use it in various settings. With links to WLA assets for clients Knowledge.
All members pay a primary annual membership fee towards covering the costs of primary expenses of members concierge and services
The fee is determined on the size (Number of Partners, Branches & Practice Areas) and location of a member firm. Membership team will be happy to share the member fee applicable for your firm on request.
If you are interested in being considered as a prospective member of WLA please complete the Prospective Members Application Form. After the application is approved and accepted, members pay a small annual membership fee that will depend on the size of your firm and number of jurisdictions covered.
WLA membership is non-exclusive – you preserve your own brand and are always free to join other networks.