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 …

Dynamic forces – The Legal 500 UK launch unveils new approach

Dynamic forces – The Legal 500 UK launch unveils 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 …

Firms pile into fast-moving corporate crime sphere but is there enough work to keep all hands busy?

Firms pile into fast-moving corporate crime sphere but is there enough work to keep all hands busy?

  Georgina Stanley and Anna Cole-Bailey assess a highly competitive sector in flux Tesco, Rolls-Royce, Unaoil, Greenergy – as companies face increasing scrutiny of their governance and anti-corruption procedures, the number of law firms striving to corner the lucrative white-collar/corporate crime market shows no sign of abating.

Comment: Women in The Legal 500 – A step in the right direction but we need your help

Comment: Women in The Legal 500 – A step in the right direction but we need your help

When I joined the UK Legal 500 a year ago, one of the main ambitions I set out was to improve diversity in our rankings and, in particular, the proportion of cited women. The reason was obvious – women are under-represented at senior levels in law firms and this has also historically been the case …