From the Editor

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 2022 edition, which was published on 11 April 2022.

The EMEA guide provides researched coverage of over 80 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.

This year’s edition is our most comprehensive guide yet. With 15,000+ firm rankings and almost 40,000 recommended individuals (a 7% increase on 2020), we are recognising even more achievements across the EMEA region. Also in a new addition, we have introduced a ‘firms to watch section’ highlighting both promising up-and-coming firms, as well as established firms that are diversifying into new practice areas.

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Ella Marshall

Editor – The Legal 500 EMEA