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Who's Who Legal 100: An Introduction

First published in 2012, the Who’s Who Legal 100 is a popular compendium featuring the law firms of the leading lawyers. The fourth edition has expanded significantly: it now not only details the top law firms across all our practice areas combined, but also provides an in-depth ranking order of the best law firms within 11 distinct practice area groupings. Featuring a total of 266 firm listings, from multi-award winning global heavyweights to the very best independent law firms and consulting experts, this guide provides one of the most accurate and expansive resources for the legal marketplace. To review the full results of our research please click here.

Elite Firms

This year we have provided a precise ranking order of the world’s elite law firms consistent with their unique positions across our research. Essential information is given on each firm, as well as further insight into their recent news and matters, leading lawyers, and policies on diversity and pro bono work. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Clifford Chance | Hogan Lovells | Herbert Smith Freehills | Allen & Overy | Sidley Austin | Baker & McKenzie | Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom | Norton Rose Fulbright | White & Case | Latham & Watkins | Linklaters | Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton | DLA Piper | Debevoise & Plimpton | Jones Day | Bird & Bird | King & Wood Mallesons | Covington & Burling | Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

Elite Interviews

In a number of exclusive interviews, we spoke with leading figures inside Baker & McKenzie, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose Fulbright to find out more about their management structures and values, as well as their opinions on the legal market.

The 100 Practice Areas

For this edition we have merged the 35 practice areas of our research into 11 major practice area groupings. The 100 practice areas feature a ranking order of the top 20 to 25 law firms for each section, as well as providing further analysis on each chosen firm. Asset Recovery, Business Crime & Investigations | Competition | Construction & Real Estate | Corporate | Dispute Resolution | Employment & Immigration | Energy & Natural Resources | Finance | IP | Corporate Tax | TMT

Consulting Experts

For the first time, using our expanded research on consulting experts, we have listed the top 15 firms that are home to a number of experts who are classed as leaders in their respective fields. Encompassing expert witnesses, economists, forensic accountants and trust advisers, each firm is regularly called upon to provide both advisory and contentious services to law firms and companies worldwide.

Top insolvency practitioners launch boutique firm Luxembourg

Leading corporate lawyers Franz Fayot and Laurent Fisch have teamed up to create FischFayot in Luxembourg. 

Cooley expands London office with the hire of life sciences duo

Cooley has bolstered its life sciences practice with the hire of London-based partners John Wilkinson and Nicola Maguire. The pair previously worked together for several years at the London office of Reed Smith.

Corporate Counsel Insight

Developing close relationships with in-house lawyers worldwide is an essential part of our research into the private practice marketplace. Over the years we have received valued insight and contributions from leading corporate counsel, which has helped us to better appreciate market conditions and the interplay between in-house teams and law firms. The following is a selection of recent corporate counsel interviews from our compendium, special reports and practice area publications.

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