This edition represents something of a first for Who’s Who Legal. Over nearly two decades we have used the recommendations of clients and private practitioners to pick out the foremost experts in a wide range of practice areas around the world, including – with much success – in our WWL: Arbitration edition.
However, while that edition covers over 800 outstanding arbitrators and counsel internationally, it became clear that there is a tremendous amount of first-class work being done by younger lawyers currently unrecognised by our research. With this edition we aim to address that, focusing for the first time on the outstanding members of the next generation: the future leaders of the profession.
To that end, we limited the selection to those aged 45 or under at the end of 2016. The feedback we received reached unprecedented heights – clearly there is an appetite in the profession for recognising the quality of the work done at this level.
Taken in conjunction with the findings of our main Arbitration edition, our research reflects the strength in depth of some major firms and the ability to call on quality throughout their team.
Our listing is divided into both partners and non-partners, with the latter category encompassing those at the bar, arbitral and academic institutions as well as law firms.
Of course, while all of those listed have been flagged up as having the skills to lead the practice of arbitration into the future, many can be said to be leading the profession already – 150 of the lawyers in this edition also gain a place in the overall Arbitration edition as well.