Legal 500 analysis – is the Magic Circle’s dominance in the UK M&A market under threat?

Legal 500 analysis – is the Magic Circle’s dominance in the UK M&A market under threat?

‘It’s a snowball effect. Look at private equity (PE) – that used to be dominated by Clifford Chance (CC), Freshfields and Ashurst but now it’s US firms,’ warns Weil London head Mike Francies. ‘The same hasn’t happened in M&A yet but nearly all of the top US firms here are now trying to build it. …

‘Living at work’ – the lessons for law firms from a year at home

‘Living at work’ – the lessons for law firms from a year at home

‘It’s been challenging for everyone. Whether you’re living alone, or with children who need homeschooling, with teenagers who need emotional support or you’re caring for elderly parents – no-one has been unaffected,’ says Slaughter and May real estate head Jane Edwarde on the impact the last year has had on the profession. ‘A year is …

The Legal 500 View: The rise of US firms from barbarians at the gate to London’s top tiers

The Legal 500 View: The rise of US firms from barbarians at the gate to London’s top tiers

A ten-year analysis of Legal 500 data highlights the ever-growing status of top Global London firms in London, as Georgina Stanley and Ben Wheway explain The ten largest Global London firms have almost tripled their top-tier rankings in the UK Legal 500 over the last ten years, according to data analysis which highlights their increasing …

The Legal 500 View: The gender agenda: the rankings and firms making progress on diversity

The Legal 500 View: The gender agenda: the rankings and  firms making progress on diversity

Legal 500 editors Georgina Stanley and Ben Wheway take an in-depth look at gender diversity in the latest Legal 500 London rankings ‘Institutional male dominance is hard to shift – it isn’t enough to want to change; sometimes these things are structural,’ says Travers Smith disputes partner Caroline Edwards (pictured) of the difficulties women lawyers …

The Legal 500 View: Ranking the top firms in the new normal

The Legal 500 View: Ranking the top firms in the new normal

Legal 500 UK editor Georgina Stanley on the headline data and what’s new in this year’s guide With thousands of distinct rankings for both law firms and individual lawyers, The Legal 500 UK Solicitors Guide 2021 is now live on legal500.com, despite the global pandemic meaning the entire thing was researched and edited remotely.

Client service uncovered: The best-rated firms revealed

Client service uncovered: The best-rated firms revealed

The world’s largest law firms are continuing to get bigger. Last year the combined number of lawyers across the Global 100 rose to almost 150,000, with Dentons – the world’s largest by headcount – housing more than 10,000 globally. But while these international giants now cater to most commercial legal needs, in most corners of …

‘There are Formula 1 drivers and other drivers’ – who’s winning the race for London’s lev fin work?

‘There are Formula 1 drivers and other drivers’ – who’s winning the race for London’s lev fin work?

Georgina Stanley and Ben Wheway cast an eye over one of the City’s most contested practice lines ‘Leveraged finance is an industry that thinks in American,’ notes one former veteran of the Magic Circle, now with a US outfit, reflecting on the much-changed dynamics of Europe’s credit markets.

‘Reflecting the market right now, not several years back’ – The Legal 500 UK launch unveils a new approach

‘Reflecting the market right now, not several years back’ – The Legal 500 UK launch unveils a new approach

Late last month we published the first Legal 500 UK guide since I took over as editor. While changing something the size of the UK guide is going to take time (for context we include some 1,300 UK and US firms across more than 10,000 individual rankings) readers will have already noticed some improvements. The …