With technological tools such as video conferencing and project management tools, the threshold for cross-border collaboration is lower than ever. It is often easy and cost-effective to use lawyers from different countries.
Cross-border teamwork brings forth many possibilities. First, cross-border work allows for a diversity of expertise and perspectives to be brought together. When professionals from different countries work together, they bring together their unique knowledge and insights. This diversity of approaches often leads to a comprehensive and holistic legal understanding that can address complex and multinational legal issues.
Second, cross-border cooperation offers the opportunity to expand our network of clients and opportunities. By crossing geographical boundaries, we can reach new markets and create wider professional connections. With a wider reach, we can provide services to our internationally oriented clients, facilitate their business, and mitigate the legal risks associated with cross-border activities. Consider, for example, a Finnish client whose legal needs are already met in Finland, but who needs legal help when expanding their business across the Baltic Sea. With for example my knowledge of the client's business in Finland and the expertise of Swedish and Baltic colleagues, it is easy for me to connect the client with colleagues to solve the client's problems.
Third, cross-border teamwork increases cultural intelligence. Professionals working together across borders get to know different legal systems and customs, which is interesting for lawyers. Cross-border cooperation is also a convenient way to learn and maintain language skills. For example, I can maintain my Swedish skills through discussions with Swedish colleagues and by familiarizing myself with Swedish legal sources. At the same time, the teamwork supplies a great insight into common legal principles, such as EU sustainability regulation and international standards, which can be interpreted differently in different countries. This exposure contributes to a better understanding, appreciation of cultural nuances and awareness of each other's own prejudices and assumptions. It also fosters a global mindset, which is crucial in the interconnected world.
Finally, it is simply fun to work with colleagues from different countries. Nothing reinforces the experience of working together as much as working together (in addition to partying together, of course).