Based on the Colombian format from RCN, Big Law is a modern look at a large LA law firm and what it takes to survive and thrive in our work obsessed society. The line between our lawyers' professional and personal lives are increasingly blurred and moral ambiguity is a job requirement.
Status: In Development
Runtime: 60 minutes
Big Law - Big Six (law firms) - Netflix
The Big Six law firms, was a term informally used in Australia to refer to the commercial law firms which, collectively, were the largest firms operating in Australia in terms of revenue and lawyers employed, and perceived to be the most prestigious before four merged or formed association relationships with firms from other countries (the United Kingdom for three of them, China for one of them), in 2012. Before 2012, the following firms were generally seen as composing the Big Six (listed alphabetically): Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens, which operates in association with Linklaters LLP) Blake Dawson (now part of Ashurst LLP) Clayton Utz Freehills (now part of Herbert Smith Freehills) Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now part of King & Wood Mallesons) Minter Ellison In 2012, three of these firms merged with overseas firms, and one other began operating in association with an overseas firm. As a consequence, it has proposed that the “Big Six” as a term is no longer applicable to the Australian legal profession, displaced by the concept of 'global elite' law firms or 'international business law firms'.
Big Law - Developments since 2012 - Netflix
From 1 March 2012, Blake Dawson traded as “Ashurst Australia” until a full financial merger with Ashurst LLP on 1 November 2013; the full merger took place six months ahead of schedule. Mallesons Stephen Jaques is currently trading as King & Wood Mallesons, after a merger and reorganisation with Chinese firm King & Wood, which has resulted in a Swiss association-structured association among what was the Australian and UK practice of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, a fully merged, combined Hong Kong practice, and a fully merged, combined mainland China practice consisting mainly of the existing King & Wood practice. In 2013, King & Wood Mallesons further merged with London-headquartered “Silver Circle” law firm SJ Berwin, although that practice ceased operations in 2017. Allens Arthur Robinson changed its name to “Allens” on 1 May 2012, and began to operate in association with Magic Circle firm Linklaters. The association arrangements will see the firms operate with joint ventures in some parts of Asia, Allens practices merging into Linklaters practices in other parts, and the two firms operating jointly on certain matters. Freehills merged with London-headquartered “Silver Circle” law firm Herbert Smith, effective from 1 October 2012. The full financial merger created a single, global firm called “Herbert Smith Freehills”. The expansion of other, non-“Big Six” law firms in Australia has also changed the professional landscape. For instance, national commercial law firm HWL Ebsworth expanded dramatically over the last decade and in 2016 the firm had over 205 partners and 10 national offices, making it the largest law firm (measured by number of partners) in Australia.
Big Law - References - Netflix