If some organization helps on a law firm’s research survey, the report clearly acknowledges that contribution. For example, as in the snippet below, Burgess Salmon Infrastructure 2018 [pg. 8] gave a shout out to its two co-coordinators (Infrastructure Intelligence and YouGov).
At least 12 law firms have conducted surveys with two different co-contributors. Three firms have worked with four co-contributors (Dentons, Morrison & Foerster, and Reed Smith) and two firms have worked with six co-contributors (CMS and Pinsent Masons).
Interestingly, two law firms have teamed with one or more other law firms: Shakespeare Martineau Brexit 2017 with Becker Büttner Held and Miller Chevalier LatAmCorruption 2016 with 10 regional law firms.
For most co-coordinator surveys, the pairing is one law firm and one co-coordinator. However, Pinsent Masons Infratech 2017 and Clifford Chance Debt 2007 sought the assistance of three co-coordinators for a research survey.
At this point, there are at least nine co-contributors who have helped on more than one survey by a law firm: Acritas, Alix Partners, ALM Intelligence (4 surveys), Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (5), the Economist Intelligence Unit, FTI Consulting (3), Infrastructure Intelligence, IPSOS (5), Ponemon Institute, RSG Consulting (3), and YouGov.
As I discover more and more survey reports, I also find more instances of co-coordinators. With this additional group, the total number of co-coordinators has nearly reached 100. I have named the co-contributor and then the name of the law firm and its report topic and date.
- Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce: Aberdein Considine RealEstate 2017
- Allen Associates: Royds Withy OBB 2017
- Bench Events: Berwin Leighton MENAHotel 2016
- ComRes: Resolution Divorce 2012
- GlobalData: Foot Anstey Retail 2018
- ICAS: Brodies Firm Brexit 2017
- iGov Survey: Ashfords Outsource 2017
- Independent Publishing Group; Nielson Book Research: Harbottle Lewis Publishing 2017
- Longitude: Charles Russel FamilyBus 2017
- Loudhouse: Ashfords Retail 2015
- SMF Schleus Marktforschung: Pinsent Masons GermanTech 2014
- The Climate Change Collaboration: ClientEarth Climate 2018
- The Housing LIN: Winckworth Sherwood OldHousing 2017
- The Review: Trowers Hamlin Occupiers 2015
- The University of Manchester: White Case WhiteCollar 2017
The more research surveys we locate, the more organizations we identify who worked with the law firms. We call these organizations “co-coordinators” but in fact the roles they play vary from being the lead and the law firm adds a bit to being secondary to the dominant role of the law firm. Some organizations run the survey project; some provide law firms with access to potential participants; some of them primarily publicize the results of the survey research.
Whatever their role, co-coordinators appear in something like one half of all research surveys by law firms. Moreover, we have identified 18 surveys that have two or even three co-contributors. Having already listed the name and at least one survey of 73 co-coordinators, we add another 15 in this post.
- Agenda Consulting: Browne Jacobson Sleepins 2018
- Allenbridge: MJ Hudson VentureCapital 2017
- Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL): Brown Jacobson School 2016
- Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA): McCarthy Tetrault VC 2011
- Censuswide: Freshfields Bruckhaus Whistleblow 2017
- Esports Observer: Foley Lardner Esports 2018
- FDU Group: Trowers Hamlin Networking 2014
- Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association: Oldham Li HKVC 2018
- Infrastructure Intelligence: Burgess Salmon Infrastructure 2018
- JLL: Baker McKenzie Cloud 2014
- KPMG: Cliffe Decker PE 2017
- Opinium Research: CMSNabarro HealthTech 2017
- Perceptive Insight
- Research Strategy Group: Gowling WLG Franchisee 2017
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors: Tughans Surveyors 2018
- Upload: Perkins Coie VirtualReality 2016
Twice I have written about instances of co-contributors [18 of them] and [13 more co-contributors] and their respective survey reports. Further digging has uncovered another group of 16 co-contributors.
- Achieve — Taft Stettinius Entrep 2018
- ANA — Reed Smith MediaRebates 2012
- Association of Foreign Banks — Norton Rose Brexit 2017
- Australian Institute of Company Directors — King Wood AustralianDirs 2016
- Becker Büttner Held — Shakespeare Martineau Brexit 2017
- Economist Group — Herbert Smith MandA 2017
- Gamesa — Brodies Firm Wind 2013
- Institution of Civil Engineers and techUK and Mergermarket — Pinsent Masons Infratech 2017
- Ipsos MORI Scotland — Brodies Firm Brexit 2017
- IVC Research Center — Meitar Liquornik TechVC 2018
- National Foreign Trade Council — Miller Chevalier TaxPolicy 2018
- Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce — Goodbody GDPR 2018
- Oxford Analytica — Morrison Foerster ConsumerProd 2018
- Ponemon Institute — McDermott Will GDPR 2018, Kilpatrick Townsend CyberSec 2017
- Singapore Corp. Counsel — CMS SingaporeGCs 2018
- The Lawyer and YouGov — Pinsent Masons Brexit 2017
- “an independent consultancy” — Carlton Fields CA 2018
s of this writing, therefore, law firms have teamed on research surveys with at least 47 different organizations. Because some of those organizations have been involved in more than one survey by the firm (and sometimes surveys by more than one firm), the total of surveys with a co-contributor is likely nearly 70. But it is impossible to figure out the percentage that have a co-contributor even of the 309 law firm surveys I know about. First, I have not checked each one. Second, a few dozen of those surveys are known only from a press release, article or later survey report, not from a PDF report. Third, a firm might have worked with another entity without acknowledging that entity in the survey report.