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and highly regarded law firms in not just the country, but the world.


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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Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm, specialising particularly in the energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. The firm employs over 3,000 people worldwide, including around 1,500 lawyers and more than 400 partners. The firm’s international footprint encompasses seven offices across Asia Pacific, two offices in the Middle East, six offices in continental Europe and one in Africa. The firm also has comprehensive coverage across each of the UK’s three legal jurisdictions.

We believe that if we do business in the right way and for the right reasons, success that will flow from that. Over the last year we have:

  • Launched the Mindful Business Charter with Barclays and Addleshaw Goddard. 21 organisations have now signed up
  • Been listed as Stonewall’s most inclusive LGBT+ employer
  • Been ranked as a Times top 50 employer for women for the third time
  • Affirmed our commitment to UN Global Goals for sustainable development
  • Joined the Valuable 500 campaign, which seeks to place disability inclusion on the board agenda of 500 global businesses
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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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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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Mills & Reeve LLP

We are a major UK law firm operating from offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester and Norwich. We offer a full range of corporate, commercial, property, litigation and private client services to a mix of regional, national and international businesses. With Cambridge at the heart of the recent expansion in high-tech and bio-tech industries, and Norwich at the forefront of the commercial business of farming and food production, there is certainly a variety of work in a number of diverse and interesting areas of law. We are national specialists in the sectors of education, food and agribusiness, health, insurance, private wealth, real estate investment, sport and technology.

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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 13 locations. 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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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 44 offices located in 19 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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