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Network with a hand-picked group of some of the most well-known
and highly regarded law firms in not just the country, but the world.

Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Squire Patton Boggs is one of the largest global law firms. The UK office network consists of a significant London presence, complemented by leading practices in the key commercial centres of Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester. It operates as a ‘one-firm firm’, rather than a loose confederation of separate offices or practices. With 45 offices located in 21 countries around the world, its global legal practice is in the markets where its clients do business. The firm’s client base spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. It advises a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies and from individuals to local and national governments.

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BLM

With strong ambitions for growth and expansion, BLM’s goal is to be recognised as one of the leading global insurance and risk law specialists by 2020. The firm is deeply embedded in the insurance sector, the Lloyd’s and London Market and among brokers, and represents 13 of the top 15 UK insurers and four of the top five global insurers. Its team, comprising over 200 partners and more than 800 legal specialists, now works with more customers across more lines of business than ever before. BLM is recognised for having the capability, creativity and energy to support customers, helping them to find solutions to their problems. The firm’s purpose is to positively impact upon its customers’ businesses and its sectors.

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Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths is a progressive, forward-thinking law firm with a real spirit of enterprise. Since 1845 it has been delivering legal services to businesses and individuals, and in the last 10 years it opened new offices in Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh, and expanded the range and size of its service teams. It is one of the United Kingdom’s fastest-growing national law firms, with over 800 lawyers and 10 offices. The firm offers strength and depth in each core discipline, together with specialist teams of lawyers in areas including competition and EU procurement, pensions and tax. In addition to legal expertise, Shoosmiths lawyers provide cost transparency, business sense, clear reporting and accessibility.

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Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke is an award-winning multinational law firm. We’ve grown rapidly, with 25 offices around the world and we’re proud to say that our influence and impact can now be applied almost anywhere. The core sectors we work in all thrive on innovation; digital business, energy, financial services, life sciences, real estate, recruitment and transport. Our sector teams include lawyers from all legal disciplines, effortlessly blending expertise, insight and enthusiasm. Crucially, we think sector-first, organising ourselves around the current affairs and future challenges of the industries we serve, rather than traditional legal practice areas. It helps keep us one step ahead. Recent recruits describe the firm as ‘friendly’, ‘inclusive’, ‘open’ and ‘fun’; clients say it is ‘approachable’, ‘proactive’, ‘understanding’ and ‘formidable’.

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Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Gowling WLG is a sector-focused international law firm, with over 1,400 legal professionals in 19 cities around the world. It has a presence in Canada, the UK and Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and expertise in key global sectors that include real estate, energy, financial services, life sciences, natural resources, infrastructure and technology. Recently, the firm has significantly increased its footprint and capability, and has plans for further international growth.

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CMS

On 1 May 2017 CMS Cameron McKenna, Nabarro and Olswang combined to form CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP. CMS is a global, full-service law firm with 74 offices in over 42 countries worldwide. It is the sixth largest law firm globally (by headcount) and sixth largest law firm in the United Kingdom (by revenue). The firm offers opportunities for exceptional training (in London, Bristol, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh); UK, global and client secondments; and work with clients from six key sectors. Clients come to CMS for advice across all types of commercial law, including banking and finance, competition, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, employment and pensions, energy and environment, intellectual property, private equity, public procurement, real estate and tax.

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Womble Bond Dickinson is a transatlantic law firm, providing high-quality legal capability and outstanding personal service, to a wide range of regional, national and international clients from 24 offices throughout the United Kingdom and United States. Clients range from FTSE 100 businesses and governmental organisations to privately managed business and wealthy individuals. The firm’s regional heritage, flexibility and commitment to innovation enables it to offer focused and relevant services.

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DWF LLP

DWF is one of the United Kingdom’s top 20 law firms and employs nearly 2,500 people, including 270 partners and 1,200 fee earners. The firm has offices across the United Kingdom and recently opened its first international office in Dubai. It was named ‘Legal Innovator of the Year’ at the 2015 Legal Business Awards in recognition of its innovative approach to operational management, client service delivery and people engagement, investing significantly in technology and its client care programmes. The firm has core strengths in corporate & banking, real estate, litigation and insurance, and in-depth industry expertise across several sectors including: financial services; retail; food and hospitality; central and local government; energy and industrials; technology; and transport.

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