Bird & Bird – the only firm in Europe represented in BTI’s All-Star Team

21 February 2005

Firm’s Dutch partner is only European lawyer in elite list

International law firm Bird & Bird’s Dutch partner Harry Rek has been singled out as one of just 114 lawyers across the world, for delivering outstanding client service to Fortune 1000 companies. “The BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms”, which comprises individually named lawyers, including Bird & Bird’s Harry Rek, is based on an annual survey carried out by the BTI Consulting Group. Harry Rek is also the only European-based lawyer honoured in this way in the last 4 years.

The survey, which canvasses general counsel with the highest level of legal spend, singled out Bird & Bird partner Harry Rek, joint head of Bird & Bird’s office in The Hague and the firm’s International Corporate Group, as one of 114 lawyers worldwide who deliver outstanding client service to Fortune 1000 companies.

Commenting on the research, Michael B. Rynowecer, President of The BTI Consulting Group said:

“The main criterion for earning a place on the list is “exceptional client focus”. Counsel are asked about 200 open ended questions relating to the extent to which their attorneys are able to understand their business, needs and legal objectives and who are able to deliver legal advice in the context of these issues. Only attorneys whose clients have mentioned them by name in an unprompted manner as delivering superior client service, earn a place on the All Star list. As such it’s a powerful endorsement of a firm’s ability to understand their clients’ business objectives and deliver good quality service in turn”.

Commenting, Bird & Bird’s CEO, David Kerr said:

“As a firm, we attach great value not only to delivering excellent legal advice but to doing so in a business oriented and client focused manner. Bird & Bird’s strategy is based on deep knowledge of the industry sectors in which our clients operate. We are very pleased that our commitment to this approach is valued, particularly in the US market in which the firm is increasingly active”.

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