Testimonials from City law firms

We know that our specialist finance courses and sessions give our clients a clear advantage over their competitors. Their new found knowledge helps them win new instructions. And impress their existing clients.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s a few testimonials from our recent coaching sessions.

“All too often lawyers’ eyes glaze over when it comes to numbers and financial aspects of transactions – this is no longer acceptable for top-tier law firms seeking to provide their clients with holistic advice as a business partner and not purely as a technical legal adviser. Ratio’s sessions have provided both our young lawyers and more seasoned colleagues with valuable insight as to the relevance of these financial aspects to the transactions on which they work and have equipped them not only with a better understanding of the underlying principles, but also with the tools to talk to clients in their language and to demonstrate that we have an understanding of their business drivers.

The sessions are practically oriented, using relevant and up-to-date case studies and interactive materials. Andrew’s background as a lawyer turned investment banker enables him to set the principles in the right context for an audience of lawyers and to convey them in an appropriate and relevant way. Feedback from our teams who have attended Ratio’s sessions has been very positive and I would recommend them to M&A/private equity and acquisition finance practices as a valuable part of a broader education of your lawyers.”

Simon Cooke, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP

“Ensuring our lawyers properly understand our clients’ businesses has always been key to the service we offer those clients and our ability to retain them.

Understanding a business requires an understanding of its financing. Ratio has helped us plug the gap between a lawyer’s approach to the financing of a transaction and the approach a client or a financial adviser would take to that transaction. It is not just a question of learning the right language, but also of seeing how different approaches can impact the business and financial structure in practice.

The Ratio coach offered us the rare combination of a lawyer turned investment banker, with a flair for coaching, who provided engaging and practical coaching sessions which exceeded our expectations. Our lawyers have found, in particular, that exploring worked examples with Ratio has helped them understand a number of issues much more clearly and so increase the value of the advice they are able to offer our clients.

We received only positive feedback and I would have no hesitation in recommending Ratio to others looking for similar coaching.”

David Coleman, Partner, Macfarlanes LLP

“At last, a lawyer who understands numbers and – crucially – can explain them to other lawyers. Ratio provides us with that rare creature: a lawyer-turned-banker-turned-coach who brings the key elements of cashflow, P&L and balance sheet to life by to explaining them in real financial contexts. Highly recommended.”

Chris Stoakes, Director of Knowledge, Research & Learning, Lovells LLP

“We are acutely conscious of the importance of our lawyers understanding the commercial considerations that matter to our clients. The Ratio trainer’s experience of being both a corporate lawyer and an investment banker gave a great insight into the sort of things that lawyers need to be aware of. We’ve used Ratio several times to run a number of sessions for us, each of which has been very well received.

In particular, we were very impressed with the session comparing and contrasting the perspectives of a private equity and a trade player in an auction process. It was extremely practical – thorough, well prepared and very interactive. One of the lawyers who participated commented that “the scales came off my eyes.” It provided a great insight into the commercial issues, enabling our lawyers to demonstrate to clients that they are much better informed about their business drivers than our competitors.

We have invited Ratio back to help us on a number of other occasions since, and the feedback has always been excellent. We confidently recommend them to other law firms.”

David Day, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP