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Mediation 2018

The eighth edition of WWL: Mediation features 387 practitioners, across almost 300 firms in 51 countries, who have been identified as prominent figures in the market. JAMS International once again showcases its strong transatlantic presence in our research this year, achieving 18 listings across the US and the UK. In Place of Strife and CEDR Chambers also stand out in this edition, receiving 12 and 10 nominations apiece, illustrating the depth of mediation expertise on offer. Brick Court Chambers is the foremost mediation set at the UK Bar while full-service outfits Clifford Chance, Dentons and Herbert Smith Freehills also perform well.

Mediation 2018: Trends & Conclusions

This year mediation built upon its popularity as an ADR mechanism in jurisdictions where arbitration and litigation have become less cost-effective alternatives. In these jurisdictions, practitioners are becoming ever more sophisticated and have taken on increasingly complex disputes. However, mediation is not ubiquitous: in some jurisdictions, it is yet to feature as heavily in the legal arena as a prominent dispute resolution tool.

Australia: Investigations Experts - Digital Forensic Experts 2018

We recognise five digital forensic experts who are considered leading names in the Australian market.

Australia: Investigations Experts - Forensic Accountants 2018

Here we highlight seven standout forensic accountants who come highly recommended for their work assisting clients with disputes and regulatory inquiries. 

Government Contracts 2018

Our research into the government contracts market comes at an interesting time for lawyers in the field. Political uncertainty continues to hamper investment, while procurement matters appear to be increasingly politicised. Litigation has been on the rise in recent years and shows little sign of abating in the near future. It is a highly competitive field, with established firms increasingly competing with boutiques who are looking to capture highly specialised or regional work. Europe remains a hub for procurement matters and is home to some of the firms who perform best in our rankings this year. On the litigation front, Monckton Chambers continues to be rated by market sources as a leader for work in the field. Bird & Bird performs well on the advisory side, with an impressive list of individuals on hand to assist with clients’ needs. In the Americas, firms from the USA feature prominently in our research, with matters relating to defence, aerospace and construction all being areas in which firms excel. In Asia-Pacific, Clayton Utz dominates the Australian market with five of its practitioners listed in this year’s guide. In India, firms Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co lead the field for procurement work.

Government Contracts 2018: Trends & Conclusions

Our research into the government contracts market comes at an interesting time for the practice area. A field of law so closely linked to politics has inevitably been affected by the turbulence in international affairs in recent months. There have also been also been a number of trends which appear to transcend domestic and international politics. The increasing litigiousness of the procurement process is having a range of effects on the market. Sources highlight the resurgence of PPP initiatives in a number jurisdictions, while changes to the tendering process and an increasingly experienced contractor market are also changing the way in which practitioners and clients operate. The coming 12 months are full of anticipation for those watching the government contracts space.

Nigeria: Shipping & Maritime 2018

Here we recognise 14 top-tier lawyers for their excellent work across the Nigerian shipping market.

Nigeria: Restructuring & Insolvency 2018

Here we highlight three impressive lawyers who stand out for their strong expertise in restructuring and insolvency law.

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