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Construction 2018: Trends & Conclusions

Construction has continued apace in both established and developing jurisdictions, despite uncertainty in traditional markets like the US and the UK. Lawyers in big firms acting on big projects have found no shortage of work, but in the US an industry that used to be booming has seen a squeeze owing to a labour shortage, commodity prices remaining below average and government intervention, either as increased regulation or as a corollary of geopolitical issues. Disputes remain strong however, with arbitration in particular increasing its footprint, from the UK and Canada to China and Malaysia. The inflation on global construction costs was 3.7 per cent in 2016, while 24 out of 43 markets were reported as suffering skills shortages. Despite this, construction was aided by a commodities market that bottomed out in 2016 and is now rising, with steady growth in general.

Life Sciences 2018: Regulatory Analysis

This year, our research identifies 314 standout regulatory law experts with a proven track record advising major clients in the life sciences sector. Those featured are highly skilled at providing advice and innovative solutions on matters ranging from product development, approval and manufacture to pricing, market safety and customs rules.

Life Sciences 2018: Transactional Analysis

In this section, we highlight 218 transactional lawyers who have been selected for their outstanding work in the life sciences sector. Those included are the world’s leading experts when it comes to the corporate side of life sciences practices, and focus on a wide range of matters including mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, securities and venture capital transactions, outsourcing, and investment agreements and joint ventures.

Life Sciences 2018: Trends & Conclusions

Life sciences lawyers have had another busy year, reporting record-high levels of work across the board. For many life sciences and healthcare companies, 2017 was a particularly challenging year. Increased regulatory scrutiny, soaring R&D costs and heightened pricing pressures, coupled with the turbulent economic climate brought about by political changes, have led to fierce market competition. As a result, the legal community has experienced a surge in both contentious and non-contentious work in the sector, spurred on by the continued advancement of both major players and innovative start-ups. We spoke to some of the world’s most prominent practitioners in the life sciences space to examine some of the main trends affecting the market at the moment.

Life Sciences 2018

We are delighted to present WWL: Life Sciences 2018, which covers 1,047 lawyers from 420 firms worldwide. Below we highlight the leading firms overall in our research this year. All but one of the firms below boast individual listings across multiple chapters, although most show one clear area of strength. Hogan Lovells stands out as the top firm in our research, with 39 listings in total and with particularly strong product liability and transactional practices at the heart of its offering. Sidley Austin, Bird & Bird and Covington & Burling all also perform well, with 33, 27 and 25 listings respectively. Individual practice area charts can be found in the appropriate chapter analyses.

Life Sciences 2018: Patent Litigation Analysis

This chapter identifies 399 leading lights in the field of patent litigation from across 211 firms worldwide. Those included are well versed at handling patent disputes across a range of industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices.

Life Sciences 2018: Product Liability Analysis

In this section we highlight 298 standout practitioners from 162 law firms with a proven track record defending product liability claims for major clients across the life sciences sector. Those included are widely recognised as the world’s foremost experts at handling mass tort claims, class actions suits and product recall actions. 

Corporate Immigration 2018: Analysis

This year’s research features 639 leading corporate immigration attorneys who come highly regarded for their experience in the legal immigration and naturalisation of skilled workers. The individuals listed here specialise in assisting corporate entities navigate the increasingly complex regulatory environments in jurisdictions around the world through sophisticated immigration planning and counselling advice. 

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