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The UK Bar 2015

Who’s Who Legal is pleased to present its first UK Bar publication, providing an overview of the leading barristers and sets across 24 distinct practice areas. Our analysis features a total of 797 barristers, 493 silks and 304 juniors, who stand out for their leading reputation in their fields. We have redefined a number of practice areas and introduced new fields into our research to better suit the nature of advocacy; this includes criminal fraud and professional negligence. In each chapter we select the most highly regarded silks and juniors. Construction, banking and finance, labour and employment, international trade, insurance and reinsurance, civil fraud, and real estate prove to be the most competitive areas, featuring more than 50 listings each. We also list the leading arbitration specialists - arbitration remains a highly lucrative area of work for the bar - as well as the key figures in the smaller field of mediation. Click here to view the results of our research.

Leading Sets

We feature 10 chambers that have delivered stand-out performances in our research. Essex Court Chambers leads the number of listings overall, and it distinguishes itself as the dominant set for arbitration in particular. Following closely behind, Brick Court Chambers is a mainstay of excellence for commercial, competition and public law, and it is recognised in the most practice areas; Blackstone Chambers stands out for its media and entertainment, and telecoms expertise; Keating Chambers and Atkin Chambers are the leading sets for construction; Fountain Court is pre-eminent in the area of banking and finance disputes; and 7 King’s Bench Walk is the premier destination for insurance and trade matters. To view the full results of our research, please click here.

Marketplace Overview

The UK Bar has been through an extremely turbulent period in recent years, the repercussions of which are likely to be felt for a significant time to come. Some areas have been hit harder than others, leading one lawyer to suggest that it is “the beginning of the demise of the bar as we know it”. What is clear is that in order to thrive, the bar will have to rise to the challenge of ever-increasing competition, modernisation and internationalisation. It is with this in mind that we take a look at recent developments in our inaugural UK Bar publication.  To read more please click here.

Ghana: Leading Firms

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Ghana: Practice Areas

Our analysis of the Ghanaian market covers 10 distinct practice areas, featuring 102 individual listings. Corporate lawyers in Ghana are in the highest demand as global and national enterprises seek effective structures to help them survive a challenging business climate. The finance area follows closely behind with its lawyers expecting an uptick in activity next year. Energy and mining remain key markets for the country’s economy and its lawyers. Meanwhile, telecommunications is the most promising legal sector in the country. Labour and immigration is another notable chapter in our research, with an increase in corporate immigration and stricter legislation reportedly driving legal work.   Click here to view the results of our research.

Marketplace Overview

The past year has shown low rates of economic growth in Ghana, with Bloomberg rating the cedi as one of the worst-performing currencies in the world. Concerns over the country’s short-to-medium-term economic prospects have prompted its recent outreach to the International Monetary Fund and listing its third Eurobond on the Ghana Stock Exchange to shore up its finances. To read more please click here.

Introducing Global Investigations Review


Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2015 has been published in association with Global Investigations Review.  GIR is the only service providing global coverage of the ever-changing landscape of government enforcement and regulation. Every day it covers the latest developments in the law and practice of cross-border investigations: anti-bribery and corruption, financial services misconduct, antitrust, fraud, money laundering, tax and more, providing all the information you need in one place, to help you make the right decisions. For more information, including how to sign up to GIR headlines, click here.

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