Submission tips for the Australia and Hong Kong Bar

Editors' views

With the inclusion of barristers from Australia and Hong Kong into our research cycle, John van der Luit-Dummond explains how to maximise your chambers’ and members’ coverage in the 2021 Asia Pacific guide

The next edition of The Legal 500’s Asia Pacific guide will include an exciting expansion with the introduction of rankings for the Australia and Hong Kong Bars. Following our decades of tried-and-trusted research into the Bars of England & Wales and Scotland, our rankings of Australia and Hong Kong will also be based on in-depth …

Mitigating the known unknowns

Editor's views

A focus on talent, employee engagement, and innovation are vital for the offshore world in 2020, argues Ogier’s global managing partner, Ed Mackereth

It is easy to talk a good game when it comes to putting people at the heart of what you do but, in a global market where uncertainty is rife and there are more known unknowns causing sleepless nights than ever before, one of the few things we can all be sure of (apart from …

Sweden’s ‘one-stop-shop’ versus the ‘best-of-breed’

William Farrington looks at the latest legal market developments from the Nordic’s largest nation

Senior partner departures, lateral team hires, boutique firm establishments – these are all gold dust for Legal 500 researchers seeking to determine which are the serious players in any given legal market. I have covered some countries – such as India, Malta, and Nigeria – where these changes are few and far between. On the …

Estonia’s legal market – serene despite economic uncertainty

The Legal 500 view

Barnaby Merrill reports on the Baltic nation’s stable legal market which, despite a downturn in M&A transactions, is reaping returns from increased dispute activity across the real estate, tax, and public sectors

Estonia has maintained its strong transactional environment despite concerns over an economic downturn, with the country’s favourable regulatory environment remaining attractive for foreign and domestic businesses. Estonia’s long-standing record of low taxes and favourable regulation, combined with the country’s innovative approaches to attracting investment, such as the nation’s e-residency scheme, has long seen the Baltic …

The UK Legal 500 2020 – which law firms made the best impression?

The Legal 500 view

Ben Wheway looks at the firms that secured the most new rankings and moves up last year

With the submissions deadline for the next Legal 500 UK guide fast approaching, and with lawyers and BD professionals across the country busy crafting their case for a move up the rankings, it seems as good a time as any to look back at the firms that were most successful last time around. Almost 400 …

“Strength in the US is increasingly important” – what’s driving the London leveraged finance market

Practice spotlight

Leading UK and US partners have their say on changes in the acquisition finance world

The London leveraged finance market is one of the most keenly contested in the City, with a select group of elite law firms jockeying to position themselves as go-to advisers for banks, sponsors, and direct lenders alike. The Legal 500 UK solicitors’ editor Georgina Stanley recently spoke to some of the market’s major players to …

Women in The Legal 500 – A step in the right direction but we need your help

Editor's views

Georgina Stanley reveals the diversity statistics from the latest UK Solicitors guide

When I joined The Legal 500 a year ago, one of the main ambitions I set out was to improve diversity in our rankings and, in particular, the proportion of cited women in the UK Solicitors guide. The reason was obvious – women are under-represented at senior levels in law firms and this has also …

All go in Monaco

Editor's views

EMEA editor Ella Marshall drives full throttle into the history of The Legal 500’s Monaco chapter

The Principality of Monaco is well known for the extravagant lifestyle of its high rollers; for the super-yachts that line the marina; the low tax rates; the Grand Prix (the street race, arguably, the most glamorous on the circuit); as the home of numerous high-flying residents; and, more recently, for The Legal 500’s coverage of …

Client Service Awards – What clients really want

Editors' views

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, client service can be a key differentiator for law firms. Georgina Stanley explains how a major new research project from The Legal 500 has set out to identify those making the best impression

Stewarts, Mishcon de Reya, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges have emerged among the top-performing law firms for client service in the UK, according to brand new Legal 500 research assessing what clients really think about their external advisers. The trio are among a host of leading US and UK firms to have been recognised by …

Your clients are your biggest cheerleaders, and critics

Editors' views

Asia Pacific editor John van der Luit-Drummond explains the weight placed on client feedback and how to maximise your firm’s coverage in the next rankings

And… time’s up! The submission process for The Legal 500’s Asia Pacific 2020 guide is now closed. To all firms across the 25 jurisdictions we cover, thank you for contributing to this year’s research. Over the last few weeks, a number of firms have sought clarification over the factors we consider when rankings practices and …