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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt and 7 more

BLP is a leading international law firm with a reputation for innovation in legal services. The firm has offices in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Manchester, Moscow, Myanmar, Paris, Tel Aviv and Singapore, helping it meet the needs of clients in an increasingly internationalised market.

The firm’s expertise covers all aspects of commercial law; antitrust and competition; construction, engineering and procurement; corporate finance; dispute resolution; employment, pensions and incentives; finance; intellectual property; private client; real estate and infrastructure; regulatory and compliance; restructuring and insolvency; and tax.

The firm:

One of the fastest growing top 20 UK law firms in recent years, BLP continues to recruit and promote leading individuals as part of an ambitious programme to employ top-ranked legal experts globally. Its real estate capabilities are the most highly regarded in the UK and its litigation and corporate risk team works with clients across a variety of industries, ranging from the world’s leading investment banks and FTSE 100 companies, to governments and high-profile individuals. It also has one of the largest and broadest tax teams in the City, its real estate finance practice has worked on some of the biggest securitisations deals of recent years, and the firm is ranked in ‘the top 10 game changers of the past 10 years’ by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report 2015.

BLP is renowned for responding creatively to the challenges clients face. For example, LOD provides a high-quality pool of over 400 flexible, freelance lawyers, offered to clients as and when needed. The firm has also created ‘integrated dispute resolution’, a five-pronged model where clients are able to utilise BLP’s capabilities from instruction to trial. Further, the firm has its integrated client service model, which consists of four elements: Streamline, its legal process improvement service; virtual transaction teams – a development of the LOD business; the use of third-party providers; and BLP Manchester – a legal services delivery team.

As well as its own offices, of which there are 14 in total, BLP has strong relationships with a non-exclusive panel of the leading independent local law firms around the world. Via its preferred firm network, the firm has access to more than three times as many tier one-ranked legal practices in Asia, Africa and Europe than any ‘global’ law firm. The firms it works with are market leaders in their jurisdictions with over 40 having been law firm of the year or equivalent in their home markets. This means BLP can deliver the highest quality local advice in a flexible, seamless way that reflects the circumstances of each jurisdiction and the requirements of each matter. As a result, it successfully supports clients across 130 different jurisdictions and delivers greater depth and breadth of international expertise than other law firms.

Types of work undertaken: BLP lawyers are ranked in almost 70 areas of legal expertise and have extensive experience across numerous industry sectors. The firm’s industry experience includes: energy and natural resources; financial institutions; healthcare; infrastructure; hotels, sport and leisure; outsourcing and business services; public sector and not for profit; real estate; retail; security, defence and aerospace; and transport.

The firm embraces diversity and announced in October 2014 a 30% female representation target in the partnership by the end of 2018. As part of this move BLP has designed new training programmes for partners and other employees and explored targeted development programmes for women. The firm is also committed to social responsibility; last year saw 52% of BLP employees take part in corporate responsibility activities during working hours.

Further details are available via the firm’s website,, LinkedIn or via Twitter: @BLPLaw.

Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Manchester, Moscow, Myanmar, Paris, Tel Aviv and Singapore.

Breakdown of work     %
Corporate     15
Real estate    31
Litigation and corporate risk    24
Tax    9
Finance    13
Other    8

Number of UK partners 151

Number of other UK fee-earners 475

Above material supplied by Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP.

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