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Labour & Employment 2018

This year’s edition of WWL: Labour & Employment features 1,131 lawyers from over 500 firms around the world. These practitioners are experts in team moves; restrictive covenants; collective bargaining and industrial disputes; and employment litigation and arbitration. In Europe, Lewis Silkin is the leading firm in the UK with Claeys & Engels the foremost outfit across Europe. Boutiques perform very well, with CM Murray, GQ Employment Law, Capstan and Castegnaro, among others, all carving out a niche. At the UK Bar, the leading sets are advocacy powerhouses 11KBW and Matrix Chambers. Employment specialists Cloisters also perform well. US stalwarts Littler Mendelson and Proskauer Rose are the top two most highly rated firms in our research. Boutique firm Roper Greyell in Canada puts in a stellar performance, alongside full-service Canadian law firm Fasken. Herzog Fox & Neeman retains its position as Israel’s premier labour and employment law firm. In Africa, ENSafrica and Bowmans in South Africa do particularly well, alongside Indian firms Kochhar and Co, and Nishith Desai Associates. In Asia, Deacons in Hong Kong, Fangda Partners in Beijing and Lee & Ko in Seoul field an impressive array of lawyers. In Australia, Corrs Chambers Westgarth remains the leading firm for labour and employment law. Latin America sees a strong spread of exceptional firms including Veirano Advogados in Brazil, Funes de Rioja & Asociados in Buenos Aires, Munita & Olavarría in Santiago and De la Vega & Martínez Rojas in Mexico City. Once again, the bar set by the lawyers at these firms is incredibly high. We have identified the best-regarded individuals in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Labour & Employment 2018: Trends & Conclusions

Labour and employment lawyers have experienced another busy year owing to numerous factors. Several aspects of employment law have been turned on their head as a result of work generated by GDPR and data protection matters across Europe; the gig economy and tribunal fees in the UK; expanding labour infrastructure in developing economies; and on a global scale, the #metoo movement. Consequently, employers are now paying forensic levels of attention to these issues.

Australia: Restructuring & Insolvency 2018

Thirty practitioners are nominated by our sources this year for their superb work in the field of restructuring and insolvency. Our research highlights a highly competitive market, with Gilbert + Tobin, Ashurst and King & Wood Mallesons all receiving multiple listings in our guide.

Australia: Insurance & Reinsurance 2018

Our research into the insurance and reinsurance market sees 20 individuals nominated for their stellar work in the space, standing out for their expertise and insight into a wide range of issues, including coverage disputes, professional indemnity and agency agreements.

Australia: Government Contracts 2018

This year’s research highlights 29 government contracts specialists who stand out as the leading lights in the Australian market.

Australia: Environment & Climate Change 2018

This year sees 39 individuals across Australia listed in our guide for their outstanding work in the field. The country is home to a number of top firms, with Ashurst, Clayton Utz and Norton Rose Fulbright all performing well thanks to their members’ expertise in a range of issues, including carbon offsets, environmental incident response and infrastructure projects.

Australia: Corporate Tax Expert Witnesses 2018

Our research into the country’s leading corporate tax expert witnesses highlights five individuals this year, who stand out  for their work in a range of areas, including business valuations and corporate restructurings.

Australia: Corporate Tax 2018

This year’s research into the Australian corporate tax market sees 45 practitioners nominated for their excellent work in the field. The research identifies the leading solicitors and barristers in the jurisdiction for their specialist insight into a broad range of areas, including transfer pricing, revenue law and audit management.

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