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At a glance

2018 Winner

  • GQ Employment Law

2018 Highly Recommended

  • ARC Pensions - HIGHLY COMMENDED | Chris Mullen
  • Edmonds Marshall McMahon | Kate McMahon
  • Euclid Law | Oliver Bretz
  • PCB Litigation | Steven Philippsohn
  • Peters & Peters | Michael O'Kane

Previous Years

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Boutique Law Firm of the Year

With specialist law firms striking an increasingly confident note in the market, this award will be handed to a niche practice onshore or offshore in the UK that has performed exceptionally in terms of rapidly establishing itself, approaching its chosen market creatively and effectively competing against far larger competition.

2018 Winner

GQ Employment Law

Paul Quain

2016/17 was a stellar year for employment specialist GQ Employment Law. In its seventh year of operation, the firm’s revenues have grown by 59% to £2.8m and it has become the sole UK member of Littler, the global network of specialist employment and labour law firms.

Highly Recommended


Chris Mullen

Founded in June 2015, pensions boutique ARC has grown to eight partners and six associates across two offices and will turn over £4m this year. It has over 180 clients in total, including several £1bn+ pension funds, and many leading UK and US corporate law firms now outsource their pensions law requirements to ARC.

Edmonds Marshall McMahon

Kate McMahon

Claiming to be the only specialist private prosecution firm in the UK, Edmonds Marshall McMahon prosecutes a wide range of offences, and advises companies with fraud and criminal issues, supervising investigations, assisting law enforcement and acting for witnesses. The firm also has leading civil fraud and trust practitioners who are widely recognised internationally.

Euclid Law

Oliver Bretz

This competition specialist was established by former Clifford Chance global head of antitrust Oliver Bretz in 2015 and has quickly fashioned a leading market reputation. The firm was further boosted recently by the additions of Marie Leppard from Clifford Chance and senior consultant Gavin Robert from Linklaters.

PCB Litigation

Steven Philippsohn

Founded in 1979 by Steven Philippsohn, PCB Litigation has established itself as one of London’s strongest white-collar crime and disputes boutiques. It is known for handling asset tracing matters on behalf of banks, large corporations and high-net-worth individuals, and has a strong track record in all types of property fraud and employee fraud, bribery, manipulation and conspiracy to injure.

Peters & Peters

Michael O'Kane

Celebrating its 80th year and one of the oldest white-collar crime practices in London, Peters & Peters was been handling high-level criminal and civil cases in this field long before the City’s leading commercial firms came to the party. Its outstanding reputation and highly-experienced team has paid off with revenues up 8% to £12m
in 2016/17.