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At a glance

2018 Winner

  • Denise Gibson

2018 Highly Recommended

  • Aedamar Comiskey - HIGHLY COMMENDED | Linklaters
  • David Green QC | Serious Fraud Office
  • Nilufer von Bismarck | Slaughter and May

Previous Years

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Lawyer of the Year

This category acknowledges truly exceptional individual contributions to the profession during 2018. Submissions are welcomed from private practitioners, in-house counsel and barristers, offshore or onshore, in the UK. Judges will be looking for evidence of exceptional performance in any area that makes the chosen lawyer stand out from their peers.

2018 Winner

Denise Gibson

Allen & Overy

Finance star Denise Gibson (not pictured) is one of the most-tipped young banking partners in the City, period. The former Goldman Sachs director covers the complex end of leveraged finance and is hotly tipped by senior A&O figures and rivals as a natural business generator. With a forthright style that clients love, she is well known to cut to the quick of the most complicated of issues.

Highly Recommended

Aedamar Comiskey - HIGHLY COMMENDED


Linklaters’ head of corporate Aedamar Comiskey is one of the few female heavyweights in public M&A. The former senior partner contender has established herself as a substantial business generator, acting as Linklaters’ relationship partner for key clients including Aviva and HSBC. Despite possessing the full portfolio of skills, Comiskey wears her status lightly and is regarded as a superb role model internally and externally.

David Green QC

Serious Fraud Office

David Green QC took over the Serious Fraud Office in 2012 at what was, even for the frequently beleaguered agency, a low ebb. However, the consensus among hardened white-collar crime specialists is that the veteran silk has had considerable success turning around a body derided as toothless and operationally slack into much more of a force. He hands over to his successor a prosecutor in much better shape than when he began.

Nilufer von Bismarck

Slaughter and May

Nilufer von Bismarck stands as the dominant female operator in the City’s best M&A team. The corporate and equity capital markets veteran has sustained a robust practice across more than 25 years and her reputation and work saw her pick up an OBE in the New Year and enduring respect from rivals, who describe rubbing shoulders with her in the boardroom as being ‘Nilufered’.