Larger law firms like to call themselves “large law firms” because they have departments that specialize in each category of legal work, which in the U.S. typically means mergers and acquisitions, banking, and some types of high-stakes corporate litigation. These companies rarely do the work of plaintiffs for bodily injury. However, the largest law firms are not very large compared to other large companies (or even other professional services firms). In 2008, the largest law firm in the world was the British law firm Clifford Chance, with a turnover of more than $2 billion. In 2020, Kirkland & Ellis topped the list with a turnover of $4.15 billion, while Hogan Lovells rounded out the list in tenth place with $2.25 billion, with Clifford Chance remaining the only UK firm in the top 10 biglaw. That compares to $404 billion for the world`s best-selling company, ExxonMobil, and $28 billion for the world`s largest consulting firm, Deloitte.  The Legal 500 is part of a traditional private company whose goal is to provide the best information and data to the international legal community. Law firms are usually organized around partners who are co-owners and directors of the legal establishment; employees who are employees of the company and who have the prospect of becoming partners; and a variety of staff providing paralegals, clerical and other support services. A partner may have to wait up to 11 years before deciding whether or not to appoint them as a partner.
Many law firms have a “go up or out” policy, which is an integral part of the Cratath system, which was established in the early 20th century. It was developed by partner Paul Cravath of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and has been widely used by white shoe law firms.  Employees who are not partners must resign and can join another firm, become a lawyer practicing alone, work internally for a legal department of a company, or change profession. Burnout rates are particularly high at work.  Australia has regional differences in lawyers` salaries, with the highest salary levels recorded in Sydney, followed by Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide.  Salaries vary between first-class, medium-sized and small businesses. In Sydney`s larger firms, lawyers admitted to practice range from $75,000 to $92,000, and partners earn an average of $1,215,000.  In Sydney, starting salaries for licensed lawyers range from $65,000 to $82,000.
 Most Australian lawyers are not admitted to practice until ten months after starting work in their law firm, as the initial phase includes supervised legal training before admission is granted. While mergers are more common in better economies and slow down somewhat during recessions, large companies sometimes use mergers as a strategy to increase revenue during a recession. Yet Altman Weil`s data shows that only four companies merged in the first half of 2013, compared to eight in the same period in 2012, which was interpreted by them as an indication of lower morale regarding the legal economy and the level of demand.  A popular American television series is called Suits. There is a popular American comedy-drama, also known as a comedy-drama called Boston Legal, created by David E. Kelley and produced in collaboration with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. It`s a spin-off of Kelley`s other long-running series, The Practice, following former character Alan Shore`s exploits at the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt.  Law firms are ranked both objectively, for example according to turnover, profit per partner, and subjectively by different legal publishers and journalists. Law firm mergers are generally assortative, as only law firms operating in similar jurisdictions are likely to merge. For example, U.S. firms often merge with English law firms or law firms in other common law jurisdictions. A notable exception is King & Wood Mallesons, a multinational law firm formed by the merger of an Australian law firm and a Chinese law firm.
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