Who’s Who Legal is pleased to present the first edition of The International Who’s Who of Private Client Lawyers, which features the 318 most highly regarded practitioners in the world from 170 firms and 39 different countries. Withers is the best represented firm in our research, fielding a total of 17 lawyers from its “market-leading” private client practice. Next is Baker & McKenzie, which fields 10 individuals from seven of its offices and following closely behind is Macfarlanes, which has nine of its practitioners singled out. Holland & Knight, Ogier and Appleby all boast eight inclusions. We also highlight the 10 leading private client lawyers in the world.
Private client work is a time-honoured practice with some of today’s leading firms dating back to the 18th century. However, what was once seen as a sideline business for corporate firms has become a lucrative practice largely dominated by medium-sized firms and boutiques. While other practice areas have been negatively impacted by the worldwide recession, the two certainties of life – death and taxes – have ensured that private client lawyers have not only maintained an active practice, but have seen considerable growth too.
This year, we identify 363 practitioners from 233 firms and 68 countries who are the leading lawyers in the field. Seven firms stood out in our research due to the number of practitioners they field to this edition. DLA Piper once again leads our research with an extremely impressive 16 lawyers recognised from seven different jurisdictions. Following closely behind is Gray Plant Mooty, which boasts one of the "world's leading franchise practices", and has 13 practitioners selected. International heavy-weight Dentons and specialist franchise firm Plave Koch both boast seven inclusions in this edition. We also single out the 10 most highly regarded franchise lawyers in the world.
Franchising remains a strong model of expansion and the franchise legal market is robust. Following the financial crisis systems are looking to international expansion, both in traditional and new markets such as Africa. Levels of litigation remain strong and class actions could provide yet more work for lawyers, notably in Canada. The key concern for clients and many lawyers is the idea of the franchisor being reclassified as an “employer”, as this would have a profound impact on the nature of franchising and the role of franchise lawyers.
With the benefit of over 16 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 global mining market.
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 330 practitioners from 197 firms and 48 countries who are considered leading lawyers in the field, following votes from clients, in-house counsel and fellow private practitioners.
With the benefit of over 15 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the trade and customs marketplace worldwide.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and individuals who stand out worldwide. Our listing has increased to 310 lawyers from 41 countries in this edition, our largest to date.
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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.