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The Legal 500 Africa

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Welcome to The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Since 1991, we have been providing readers with an annually updated, impartial, third-party opinion on the leading law firms and lawyers in countries across the region, and the coverage extends to the Caucasus and Central Asia. Current rankings and information online are taken from The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2016 edition, which was published on 13 April 2016.

The EMEA guide provides researched coverage of 81 countries and over 2,700 ranked law firms. Law firms pay nothing to participate and so we are free to make ranking decisions on merit alone.

Our research is conducted annually, providing a detailed qualitative assessment of various factors including work conducted by law firms over the past 12 months and historically; experience and depth of teams; specialisms and ancillary services; and, importantly, opinions of law firms’ clients – each year, The Legal 500 series contacts over 300,000 clients globally to obtain feedback on which law firms meet the criteria required by today's in-house counsel and business leaders, wherever in the world their work takes them. All of this is used to benchmark each law firm versus competitors in the practice area in question.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 Launch date

The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 edition is currently online. The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 edition was researched in autumn (fall) 2016 and will be published on 12 April 2017.

What's new?

This edition introduces coverage of Burundi, Cameroon, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Tajikistan and Zambia. The 2017 edition will add researched coverage of Afghanistan and Ethiopia.

Upcoming research

The EMEA 2017 research is now closed. The EMEA 2018 research schedule and guidelines will be available in early May 2017, with research taking place in autumn (fall) 2017.

Feedback or queries

If you have queries or feedback of any kind regarding The Legal 500 series, please email your query to us at We welcome suggestions for new legal market coverage desired by our readers.

Jonathan Armstrong
Editor, The Legal 500 Middle East & Africa

Mike Nash
Senior Editor, The Legal 500 EMEA

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