In this section we pick out the firms with the highest number of nominees selected for inclusion and the nominees who received the largest number of recommendations.
Our listing criteria require nominees to be aged 45 or under at the end of 2016. We list outstanding arbitrators and counsel both independent and from law firms, and at partner and non-partner level.
Furthermore we include academics and in select cases nominees from arbitral institutions, provided they continue to accept independent arbitration work; sadly this leaves many first class experts in government and elsewhere unrecognised in this edition, but WWL is primarily a guide to retaining - or referring to - legal counsel and arbitrators.
Arbitration continues to go from strength to strength, with an ever-greater number of parties turning to international tribunals to resolve their disputes. In this edition we select the leading 845 arbitrators and counsel from nearly 500 firms, as identified by their clients, opponents and peers.
In this section we pick out the firms with the largest number of featured lawyers in order, as well as the individuals who scored most highly in our voting around the world.
The number of nominees in this section continues to grow, driven by the recognition from arbitrators, counsel and parties of the integral role expert witnesses play in arbitration proceedings. This section is a reflection of the depth of expertise in consulting firms around the world. We list 212 practitioners from 17 countries for the quality of their work in arbitrations.
As the use of expert witnesses in arbitration hearings continues to gather pace, so does the recognition of the leading players in the field worldwide. This year we list 165 practitioners commended for their expertise in relation to international arbitration proceedings.
This year’s edition identifies world-class practitioners in 89 countries – a wider geographical spread than ever before, which reflects the ever-growing use and sophistication of international arbitration. In total we list 812 arbitrators and counsel from 481 firms as leaders in this field; in this section we pick out the firms with the most listed lawyers in order, as well as the individuals who scored most highly in our voting.
Our expert witness section is now in its third edition, reflecting the sophisticated use of expert witnesses in arbitration hearings and the growing number of such experts globally recognised for their abilities. This year we list 123 practitioners, nearly 20 per cent more than last year, as an ever-greater number of individuals are recognised internationally for the quality of their testimony in arbitration proceedings.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to recognise the firms and lawyers who stand out for their arbitration expertise on a global level. This year, we identify 733 practitioners from 441 firms and 86 countries as the leading practitioners in the field, following votes from clients and peers.
An increasing number of clients are turning to arbitration as the benefits of confidential proceedings which are tailored to suit the parties outweigh other forms of dispute resolution. Providing expert witnesses is a critical stage of the process which can be the decisive factor in the outcome of the hearing. The growing popularity of the use of expert witnesses in arbitration hearings is reflected in our research. We have included 103 outstanding specialists in this edition, an increase of 14 from last year.
This edition identifies 624 arbitrators and counsel from 84 countries around the world, our broadest geographical spread to date. Each nominee stands out for the high number of recommendations they received from the clients, peers and expert witnesses we canvassed and are the outstanding practitioners in the field.
The financial crisis has forced many clients to pursue only those disputes which are critical to their business. These crucial hearings often involve economic, financial or accountancy issues which require the knowledge of an independent and dedicated expert witness and this testimony can be the critical decisive factor which prompts a settlement or decides the outcome of a hearing. The following outstanding individuals have proven technical expertise and credibility in their chosen fields as well as years of experience providing vital oral testimony in domestic and international arbitrations. We have included 89 outstanding specialists in this edition.
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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.