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Disputes Yearbook 2024 – Editor’s Letter

Welcome to the latest edition of the Disputes Yearbook from the Legal 500 and Legal Business; a special edition marking ten years of our annual guide to all things contentious, and a must-read for every self-respecting litigator.

This supplement brings together analysis of the key issues facing disputes lawyers, interviews with senior figures in the market, and an in-depth round-up of some of the biggest cases around.

Those cases are covered in one of two showcase features – ‘Holding court’, which looks at the most complex, high-stakes and multifaceted disputes making their way through the courts this year, from group actions to competition claims and ESG-related litigation, with full details of the glittering array of counsel lining up to make their case.

Our second set-piece feature, ‘Scaling up’, looks back over the last decade of disputes in London, checking in with leading London litigators to find out how much has changed in terms of both the work and the firms involved.

This edition also features four Perspectives interviews, featuring practitioners from all corners of the market – from the Bar, Fountain Court’s Bankim Thanki KC, who talks epic trials, great movies and clients doing a runner; from the world of funding, Bench Walk co-founder Adrian Chopin; and from private practice; heavyweights representing both the UK and the US – Stewarts arbitration head Sherina Petit and Skadden Europe international litigation and arbitration head Kate Davies KC.

Elsewhere, we showcase the firms with the most Legal 500 UK disputes rankings and also the firms with the most individuals ranked across our core sections.

You can also find out what’s happening in the wider world of disputes in the articles from our partner firms in locations from the UK to South Korea.

We hope you enjoy this Yearbook, and we’d love to hear from readers about the issues you think we should be covering in future. Please do get in touch if you’re keen to share ideas.

Ben Wheway
Research manager

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