Over the past 23 years, WWL has built a reputation as one of the most trusted resources for in-house counsel, government, agency and other legal practitioners seeking to find a high-quality lawyer in a particular practice area or jurisdiction. We now cover 35 practice areas globally and list practitioners in more than 160 countries. In addition to lawyers, we also list the foremost expert witnesses, forensic accountants, economists and other non-lawyer experts across a variety of fields.
Each year, the dedicated WWL research team contacts more than 50,000 practitioners who have been previously recommended for their work in their particular field. They are invited to provide recommendations and feedback on those individuals they have worked with closely in the preceding few years. Our researchers conduct telephone and face-to-face interviews with leading members of the legal community around the world, including private practice and in-house lawyers, arbitrators, judges, consulting experts and academics.
The resulting votes and recommendations form a detailed network of peer review, supplemented by feedback provided by client referees put forward by nominated practitioners. Through millions of such recommendations over more than 20 years, WWL has built and refined lists of practitioners who stand out not only in their region or jurisdiction, but globally. Those seeking a lawyer or expert in an unfamiliar practice area or jurisdiction can therefore be assured that WWL-listed practitioners are recommended by other top individuals familiar with their work.
Our brand new Market Insight Tool allows you to quickly find the right lawyer or consulting expert based on your needs. Simply select the practice area you are looking for or search for a practitioner or firm, and the tool will return customised results. You can then filter down further by location, practitioner type or detailed expertise. WWL’s commentary on the leading practitioners based on our results from the most recent research is also shown.
You can also browse WWL's Thought Leaders guides. Our Thought Leaders are those individuals who have performed exceptionally well in our research, with only a small proportion of those considered selected. Featured on the website are hundreds of Q&As conducted with some of the world's foremost practitioners in their practice areas. At the pinnacle of our research are our Global Elite Thought Leaders, with only around 2% of all nominees to our guides selected for inclusion.
In addition to our core research, you can read articles written by prominent firms and individuals on topical issues or major trends in their practice area. We also conduct roundtables with leading individuals in our research, getting their views on a range of important topics. In addition, the WWL research team author reports on current trends, collating the views of dozens of practitioners to produce an overview of our research.