Clients want lawyers with deep practice experience, extensive knowledge of their industry and a deep understanding of the cultures and traditions of the market where the deal has to be done or the dispute has to be resolved. Clients want counsel “in and of” their community, regardless of where those communities are, or how big they might be.

But no single law firm can be everywhere a client needs it to be. That is why Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, has created Nextlaw Global Referral Network, the world’s broadest, deepest legal referral network. Our membership covers more countries than any other legal referral network.

Welcome to the Nextlaw Global Referral Network

Innovation has come to the legal profession slowly. And, as with innovation in any field, there are those who have been doing things the same way for decades. They hate change. They benefit from the status quo.

Although we are just getting started, Nextlaw Global Referral Network offers members and their clients all the benefits of the best traditional legal referral networks without the disadvantages of the pay-to-play system.

Nextlaw Global Referral Network differs from traditional pay-to-play legal referral networks in two ways: it does not charge a membership fee and it does not grant members territorial exclusivity. This enables clients to be referred to the right law firm with the right experience, not just the one that paid a membership fee or was granted an exclusive territory regardless of whether it can truly provide all the expertise a client needs in every location in that jurisdiction.

With free membership, the ability to have multiple firms, with differing strengths and expertise in a single market, and a technology platform that promotes reciprocal repeat referrals, Nextlaw Global Referral Network is committed to connecting clients with top talent around the world.

At Nextlaw Global Referral Network, the only criterion is quality. The only motivation, to serve clients better.

Our global reach

Day One: 160+ countries, 280+ firms, 18,600 lawyers


Below is a representative list of Member firms—it does not include all Members as of today’s date.

So how are we really different?

We do not charge a membership fee.

When a legal referral network charges a membership fee, clients cannot be certain that they are being referred to a law firm that has the right expertise, or just the firm that has paid the fee. By having no membership fees and allowing multiple firms in the same jurisdiction, Nextlaw Global Referral Network increases the likelihood that clients can be connected to a law firm with the experience the client needs. As long as a law firm is qualified, and can pass our extensive review and screening process, they are welcome to join our network. Quality matters. Clients matter. Now clients can be connected to the talented lawyers anywhere in the world. That is what matters most.

Unlike other networks, we do not offer our members territorial exclusivity.

In a traditional pay-to-play legal network, when a member firm pays a fee, it is often granted territorial exclusivity in a market

or a country. Again, the client does not get the law firm that has the right expertise, just the one that is in that jurisdiction, regardless of whether the firm has appropriate experience in the type of law the client needs. In those circumstances, the client’s only option may be the wrong option.  Nextlaw Global Referral Network does not charge membership fees and does not grant territorial monopolies. Clients get more choices so they can work with their law firm to find the precise right lawyer for their particular matter.

We designed our network using the newest technologies and network architecture.

We are more than an exclusive club for firms who can buy their way in. We are more than a digital directory. We are a modern, elegant technology platform that focuses on client needs and provides your local, trusted law firm with unprecedented power and control.

We offer clients the best of all worlds.

You continue to work closely with your law firm of choice, the one you have trusted for years, and they continue to do what they do best. But when they need more capabilities, they can find them simply by tapping into the power of one of the largest — and certainly most innovative — networks in the world. Your law firm may be small and specialized and dedicated. Now they are also global, specialized and dedicated.

We take a polycentric, global approach

The Nextlaw Global Referral Network takes a polycentric approach, embracing diversity and seeking member firms that are “in and of” the communities they serve, so we have lawyers with an intimate knowledge of the legal and business cultures all of our clients seek.

In addition to member firms that have the substantive experience to do a deal or resolve a dispute, clients want someone who also understands the culture of the region in which they operate. Our network has no flag, no global headquarters and no dominant culture. Every office is a home office. We are a network. That means clients experience seamless service across regions, practices and sectors, while still receiving the high quality, highly localized legal counsel that is our calling card.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why would Dentons want to work with competitors? Or just as importantly, why would Dentons’ competitors want to work with Dentons?


    Because today’s clients demand it. We realize our approach is innovative and unusual. We all know that the only way any of us win is by putting clients first. Member firms need to collaborate in order to find the experience that clients need in the places the law firm does not serve. We said it before and we will say it again. No one firm can do it all. We realize our approach threatens the pay-to-play networks because it challenges their basic economics. They are obviously afraid of someone who says, “Here is something better—and it’s free.”  But that is the way it has always been with innovation. The status quo complains, but that does not matter. Because clients will be better served.

  • How can Nextlaw Global Referral Network get so big so fast and yet still be certain of the quality of its members?


    There are a lot of extraordinary law firms in the world. We invite all of them to join. And when a firm is interested, they apply. Then we put them through a rigorous screening and review process. We look at more than twenty criteria and only accept those that meet our high standards. We want to be broad, offer tremendous global coverage and connect clients to quality lawyers. Our member firms don’t need to be everything to everyone. They just need to do what they do very well — and prove it.

  • What kinds of firms do you have on the network? Are there specific criteria you look for, for example a certain size?


    Nextlaw Global Referral Network is open to any and all qualified firms. Our standards are high and we have an extensive screening and vetting process, but unlike other legal networks, we do not focus on membership fees or regional exclusivity.

  • As a client, can I work directly with Nextlaw Global Referral Network? Is there a way I can access the directory?


    No. Nextlaw Global Referral Network is designed specifically for law firms. As a client, you need to work through your law firm and they, in turn, can access the network on your behalf.

  • One of my law firms is not on the network? Is there something I can do about that?


    Yes. Please speak with them and encourage them to apply for membership. The application process is online and easily accessed through this web site.

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