Winner: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Of the ten language categories we reviewed for the Global Law Firm Awards, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's showing in the Russian language was the best in any one language. Our Russian reviewers had the impression that they were not at a translated version of an English site, but at one developed for a Russian audience. Akin Gump scored additional points for registering a separate ".ru" Internet domain for Russian websites.
In terms of possible improvements, we would suggest making it clear on the English homepage that a Russian version is available. Right now, it takes a bit of clicking around to land on this excellent site. We might also recommend buttons in Russian for "printing" and "e-mail" to compliment the existing content.
In nearly all respects, we discovered the Russian version expertly mirrors the main English site. Nothing is compromised in terms of content, navigation - even the sub-navigation is intact which is rare. It appears that development of the Akin Gump Russian site was not an afterthought, but rather an integral part of creating the main website. We especially were impressed that attorney biographies are available in both Russian and English. Overall, this website communicates Akin Gump's strong commitment to serving the Russian legal market while instilling considerable confidence in their practice capabilities.