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Who's Who Legal 100


Click to view the list of 100 leading law firms. This year we are proud to present the first edition of the Who's Who Legal 100: an assessment of the world's top law firms based on our extensive research into the global business law marketplace. We draw on 16 years of independent research encompassing thousands of hours of interviews with leading lawyers and their clients in over 140 jurisdictions, and hundreds of thousands of votes and recommendations, in order to identify the following firms as the best in the world. Find out more about The Who's Who Legal 100 and our methodology. Copies of the Who's Who Legal 100 are available to purchase in our online bookshop.

Lawyer of the Year Awards 2012

Who’s Who Legal is delighted to announce the Lawyer of the Year Awards 2012, celebrating the foremost leaders in their fields. We have compiled the nominations of thousands of clients and private practitioners from over 100 countries to decide on the most highly regarded experts across 31 commercial practice areas. The award winners received more votes than any other lawyer in their chapter. This year, we include a new practice area, commercial mediation and Tony Willis of Brick Court Chambers is our inaugural lawyer of the year. He is recognised as “one of the forefathers” according to peers. Three lawyers enjoy the rare accolade of being eight time award winners, demonstrating outstanding merit in their fields: Theodore Garrett of Covington & Burling LLP in the area of environment law; Gary Horlick of his own firm in trade and customs and Philip Zeidman of DLA Piper LLP in relation to franchise. Each lawyer has won the award every year since its inception in 2005. The 2012 award winners can be viewed here

Firm of the Year Awards 2012

As in previous editions, we recognise the tremendous work done by the very best firms in a range of sectors worldwide. The Firm of the Year Award underlines the firms' strength and depth. The firms we recognise in this category received the most recommendations in our global research. This year Bird & Bird LLP repeats its extraordinary 2011 achievement as the only firm to win four practice area awards in a single year. It is praised for its work in regulatory communications; internet, e-commerce and data protection; patents and life sciences, a clear showing of its unrivalled intellectual property and regulatory practices. Several other firms continue their winning streaks, most notably Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, the foremost firm in the commercial arbitration and competition chapters, and for the first time the mergers and acquisitions chapter. We also congratulate the firm on winning the Law Firm of the Year for the fourth consecutive year and the sixth time overall. The 2012 award winners can be viewed here.

Country Awards 2012

We are pleased to reveal the 2012 Country Awards identifying the leading law firms in 60 jurisdictions. In judging these awards we have studied the nominations made by thousands of clients and fellow professionals. The winning firms achieved the largest number selected for inclusion in their country overall: the practitioners are pre-eminent in their practice areas and their collective achievements allow their firms to stand out as national leaders. This year marks the seventh consecutive time many of the firms in our research have received the award, most notably Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co in India, an internationally renowned full-service outfit, and Allen & Gledhill LLP in Singapore, a reflection on its 100-year strong presence in the market. Contrast this to 13 firms which take the award for the first time. One first time winner is King & Wood Mallesons, which scoops the Australia and China award for the first time - building on the legacy firms’ previous success as multiple national award winners and the combined firm’s size, ambition and reputation for excellent work. The 2012 award winners can be viewed here.

Corporate Counsel Q&A: Corporate Governance

Robert Kelly

Who’s Who Legal interviews Robert Kelly, deputy general counsel at DreamWorks Animation SKG, the company behind movie successes Shrek and Madagascar. Kelly discusses his role within the company and the recent projects the legal team has been working on.

A Constructive Approach – Changes In Transactions and Dispute Resolution

Doug Jones AM

Doug Jones AM of Clayton Utz highlights some of the recent, significant developments in construction dispute resolution affecting the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Corporate Counsel Q&A: Construction 2012

Matthew Floord

Who's Who Legal interviews Matthew Flood, general counsel of Balfour Beatty, one of the world's largest FTSE 250 construction companies. He discusses the requirements and changing role of his job.

Roundtable: Construction 2012

The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers has brought together three of the leading practitioners in the world to discuss key issues facing lawyers today.

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