This guide seeks to identify the leading private practice lawyers with a proven track record in representing and advising management, and senior executives and partners, on all aspects of labour, employment and industrial relations law.
We also include a section listing the foremost pensions and benefits lawyers. These practitioners advise on the changing landscape of state retirement systems around the world, and assist clients with restructuring their pension arrangements. Nominees also include those able to advise on the full range of matters relating to employee benefits plans and arrangements, as well as specialists in ERISA litigation.
Listing over 800 labour and employment specialists and 300 pension and benefits practitioners, we take a closer look at the firms and individuals that stand out across our global research in this section.
Globalisation is nothing new, but the modern implications of integrating a global economy are nonetheless having an acute impact on the way businesses operate, and subsequently how law firms tailor their services to meet clients’ needs. As businesses expand and technology allows for greater integration across jurisdictions, companies are focusing on implementing harmonised global policies across all personnel.
This year over 500 practitioners are recognised from over 250 firms across 36 countries. In this section we highlight the individuals and firms that stand out as among the most highly regarded in our global research.
The main challenge affecting product liability lawyers today is cost. Clients on both sides of the bar remain conscious of legal fees, with the lack of available funding hitting parts of the plaintiff bar hard and changing the way in which cases are put together and handled. New technology liabilities have been identified as the next big source of work: it’s not known exactly how cases involving 3D printers and driverless cars will be handled. Medical device and pharma cases are still a steady source of work, while regulatory lawyers have seen an increase in compliance-based work. Many of the issues that affected the sector last year are still present, and the addition of new trends in the coming year is likely to see practitioners enjoying an active market.
This edition identifies 441 leading practitioners from 234 firms across 83 jurisdictions in this rapidly burgeoning field of law.
In this year’s edition, 121 leading forensic accountants and digital experts skilled in asset tracing and recovery are selected for inclusion across the following pages. Grant Thornton leads this year’s research boasting an unrivalled 12 listings. The firm is closely followed by Kroll, KPMG and BDO whose experts also stand out for their excellent service. In addition, FTI Consulting and PwC continue to make an impression in the field.
Although the days of the large Ponzi scheme cases seem to be a thing of the past, the number of frauds perpetrated worldwide is on the rise. Global asset recovery practitioners reported a busy year with no let up in their caseloads.
The 12th edition of WWL: Project Finance comprises 631 individuals across 277 firms and 84 countries.
International powerhouses Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance dominate our research this year, demonstrating their tremendous strength in the global project finance space.
White & Case, Latham & Watkins and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy also perform well this year. With listings across the US, Europe and Asia, the depth and breadth of their expertise is clear.
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