Zambian law firms and international legal networks: Disruption or innovation
Walubita Luwabelwa, Joseph Jalasi
This article interrogates the proposition that there is added value to a law firm in belonging to international legal networks. The article outlines the current work performed by international networks, set of standards diffused across the networks and highlights the more common networks currently available. It is found that the common challenges facing small to mid-tier law firms in Zambia and globally stems mainly from undercapitalisation, that has a knock-on effect on capacity, client quality and poor Information Communication Technology facilities. It is positioned that clients are becoming ever demanding and networks now play a critical certification role which determines which law firms are approached by prime clients. Notwithstanding, practical levers that can turn the dial for local firms to break through the international networks include revisiting law firm financing, structure, business development and a deliberate effort at macro level to promote the local legal skill sets.