Osborne Clarke LLP
Legal Business’s ‘Law Firm of the Year 2015’, Osborne Clarke LLP has grown rapidly over the past two years and now has 18 offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. The firm offers an exciting mix of local, national and international work, and is famous for its strong sector approach. Over 90% of its revenue comes from the seven sectors in which it works – digital business, energy, financial services, life sciences, real estate, recruitment, and transport. The firm’s sector teams include lawyers from all legal disciplines. Recent recruits describe the firm as ‘friendly’, ‘inclusive’, ‘open’ and ‘fun’; clients say it is ‘approachable’, ‘proactive’, ‘understanding’ and ‘formidable’.
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 71 offices in over 40 countries worldwide, with over 5,500 lawyers. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.