In this chapter, we single out the leading practitioners and firms in the field of commercial mediation.
In this chapter, we single out the leading practitioners and firms in the field of management labour & employment.
In this chapter, we single out the leading practitioners and firms in the field of commercial litigation.
The sharp uptick in contentious work in the financial industry that we highlighted last year has been gaining increasing momentum. The deluge of regulation that has fallen on the sector has in turn led to a huge amount of work for litigation practitioners and this is showing no signs of diminishing in the near future. The increase in corporate activity is slowly feeding through into disputes. Litigation is said to be counter cyclical, and so with many jurisdictions just coming out of the effects of the crisis, there is a “very buoyant” litigation market. Many are now seeing the tail end of the 2008 crisis work. As we noted in our previous edition, the wave of litigation predicted following the crisis did not appear immediately, but there has been a sharp increase in contentious work over the past two or three years. This sentiment is reiterated this year, with practitioners noting that those clients who did not want to spend money in the direct aftermath of the crisis now have steadily increasing litigation budgets. Practitioners also suggest that this increase in corporate activity will have an effect on the legal marketplace. The afore-mentioned rise in regulatory investigations work has led to renewed focus on the investigations arena by the larger firms. As one lawyer stated, “the real money for the magic circle is in investigations. Litigation becomes the poor relation, and that is why we are starting to see the breakaways.”
With the benefit of over 18 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, as well as hundreds of hours of interviews with legal professionals worldwide, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the sports and entertainment legal markets.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to recognise the firms and lawyers who stand out for their expertise on a global level. This year, we identify 391 practitioners from 216 firms and 36 countries as the leading lawyers in the field, following votes from clients and fellow private practitioners.
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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.