There are many excellent law firms in the UK, but some stand out above all the rest. Each year, a list of the very best law firms UK is compiled. These are the firms that excel in their own particular area of expertise.
Some are old, and some are young - what unifies the top 100 law firms in the UK is a commitment to excellence. In this blog, you’ll find a list of the biggest law firms in the UK.
So without further introduction, let’s dive in and take a look.
360 Law Group
The 360 Law Group has infused technology with legal expertise to offer a truly modern experience and includes 240 lawyers who operate in more than sixty countries around the world.
Leaders in the employment, tax, and HR legal field, it offers outstanding services to companies and employees involved in whistleblowing, shareholder disagreements, and more.
Founded officially in 2003, this law firm has dealings dating back to the 1700s and offers specialist advice to people and companies involved in the trades.
Alexiou Fisher Philipps
This law firm excels in family law and has been especially involved in prenuptial agreements and divorces, including those related to high-profile figures in entertainment and politics.
Anthony Collins Solicitors
Based in Birmingham, Anthony Collins Solicitors champions child protection and also helps people recover compensation from personal injuries. They’ve also helped with the development of more than ninety charities.
Arnold & Porter
Headquartered in Washington but with offices in London, Arnold & Porter has been involved in international political cases (including negotiating with two parties who claimed the presidency of Venezuela).
Dating back to the 19th century, Ashurst is involved in corporate mergers and takeovers, as well as working with companies facing liquidation.
An employment legal firm, Averta aims to mediate in matters relating to redundancy, as well as cases related to whistleblowing and bullying in the workplace.
Bates Wells has been involved in a case that could impact millions of people involved in the gig economy. They’re representing Uber drivers who say that they’re employees rather than independent workers.
BDB has a staff of around 470 lawyers and are involved in various land issue matters in and around London, including developments of airports.
Bhatt Murphy is involved in civil liberties and has a company mission of holding states and governments to account. They have had several high-profile legal victories, including for victims of police brutality.
Bird & Bird
Bird & Bird has helped medical companies to navigate the coronavirus pandemic by advising firms that blend artificial intelligence with health analytics, among other things.
Birnberg Peirce is a relatively secret but high-profile law firm, who count Julian Assange and Shamima Begum among their clients.
Blackfords were involved in one of the more high profile legal matters of the year, advising the Duke of York, who the US Department of Justice wanted to talk to.
Bolt Burdon Kemp
This law firm specialises in getting justice for victims, including victims of child abuse and military PTSD sufferers.
Based in Reading, they work with multinational companies that are experiencing financial difficulties.
Bracewell is solely concerned with the energy industry, including in development and acquisition.
Bristows, based in London and Brussels, are considered to be among the leading law firms when it comes to intellectual property.
Brown Rudnick helps multinational companies navigate complex legal matters, including corporate restructurings and takeovers.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
This law firm is the result of a 2018 merger and counts around 500 lawyers in its London offices alone.
Burges Salmon is a multifaceted law firm that handles cases in all three legal jurisdictions and counts the Ministry of Defence, National Crime Agency, and John Lewis as clients.
Byrne and Partners
The London based firm handles commercial disputes and financial crime cases, as well as participating in regulatory investigations.
This firm often works with high-profile clients who are involved in libel cases and has counted many successful victories over the past year.
Clarke Willmott has a commercial property department and also helps with high-profile family disputes.
Clintons works in the entertainment and libel industries and represented Prince Harry in his case against the News of the World.
CM Murray is a specialist employment and partnership firm that has its headquarters in London. They have 29 lawyers on hand.
Cooke, Young & Keidan
This London-based firm handles cases related to commercial disputes and has a turnover of 5.5 million pounds.
Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Cripps Pemberton Greenish over a wide range of legal services to companies and individuals and have a headcount of 370.
Davitt Jones Bould
Specialists in property law, Davitt Jones Bould deal with cases relating to all aspects of real estate and has represented some of the biggest landowners in the UK, including Barclays and HSBC.
A relative newcomer, Dechert is based in Philadelphia but has 26 offices around the world, including in London. They have been involved in many high profile cases and experienced growth in the double digits during the past year.
Dentons has a lot of history on its side; it dates back to 1742 and is one of the largest global law firms in the world, and employs more than 19,000 staff.
It’s all in the name for Didlaw; the first part stands for disability, illness, and discrimination. They represented employees in their cases against employers.
This is one of the largest law firms in the world, with a turnover of more than 2 billion pounds. They have around 8,900 lawyers on their books.
Duncan Lewis is considered to be at the forefront of the legal battle for immigration issues, and is involved in legal activism.
Enyo Law is specialist in litigation and is currently involved in a case for Scor, who are suing Barclays for misuse of documents.
Family Law in Partnership
This relatively small law firm has a sophisticated and progressive approach to divorce and aims to avoid costly and disruptive legal disputes for the couple.
Fenwick Elliott has a turnover of around 18 million pounds and works with all matters relating to legal construction issues, including procurement and disputes.
Fladgate has had many high-profile clients in its past, including the manager of the UK Treasury’s charging infrastructure fund.
One of the leading law firms in the north of England, Forbes Solicitors represents a wide range of clients in all legal matters.
Fox Williams is one of the few London firms that specialises in fashion. They also have interests in financial services and technology.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
One of the elite magic circle law firms, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer continues to show that it’s a force for the future, having recently appointed a woman as boss for the first time in its history.
This law firm deals with all aspects of family law, including divorce, international adoption, forced marriage injunctions, and child law.
Not much is known about Hall Brown, since much of their work is confidential, but it’s understood that they work with high-wealth families and celebrities.
This medical law firm works with around 180 NHS trusts, as well as other medical professionals, including dentists and private GPs. It recently won a case that saved the NHS 10 million pounds.
This Cambridge-based company deals with legal matters related to estate planning and inheritance on behalf of wealthy families.
Hickman & Rose
Hickman & Rose work with a wide variety of people, including suspects in the biggest investigations of the Serious Fraud Office.
Hodge Jones & Allen
This law firm has been in the public eye in the past year because they represented 42 clients as part of the Grenfell Tower inquiry. They’ve also represented people who were arrested as part of the Extinction Rebellion protests.
Howard & Byrne
Based in York, this criminal defence firm is known for being specialists when it comes to cross-jurisdictional matters.
Based in various parts of Central England, this law firm deals with property law, working with construction companies, commercial real estate, and developers.
Hugh James is a Cardiff-based law firm that works with businesses, banks, education providers, and public sector organisations.
Hunters work with businesses and organisations, but made its name working with individuals. They deal mostly with family matters.
Irwin Mitchell is today considered to be among the best in personal injury claims and clinical negligence practice. They’re based in Sheffield and have a turnover of 262 million pounds.
This is a family law practice that deals with relationship breakdowns and divorce, usually before trial, but often at trial too. They are known for their work with child family matters.
It’s been a good year for Kennedys, who saw a 9% jump in turnover. They tend to work with matters related to insurance, advising insurers and reinsurers.
Listed on the London Stock Exchange, Keystone Law now deals with platforms that allow lawyers to work from home, making them especially important during the coronavirus pandemic.
Kirkland & Ellis
One of the largest law firms in the world, they’ve hit $4 billion in revenues, which is a record -- in fact, the record they broke was their own. They hit $3 billion two years ago.
Latham & Watkins
It’s been a big year for Latham & Watkins, who were involved in the high-value takeover of Asda. They’re typically involved in these types of deals.
Lee & Thompson
This is a media firm that has advised many high-profile clients over the years, including One Direction and Jude Law, in matters related to contracts and negative media attention.
Levison Meltzer Pigott
They focus solely on family law, which makes one of the best in the country. They specialise in complex divorce cases for the very wealthy.
This London based firm deals with sports commercial enterprises, including the agreement between Chelsea and the phone network Three.
This firm is one of the biggest tax advisory firms in the country. It has a large team of 780 and a turnover of more than 250 million pounds.
Marks & Clerk
This firm has nine offices in the UK and a further nine across the world, and works with patents and intellectual property both at home and abroad.
Though based in Chicago, Mayer Brown has a strong presence around the world, including in the UK. It mostly works on large corporate deals both in the UK and abroad.
They’re known for working on some of the most complex transactions, representing shareholders, banks, companies, and others during bankruptcy proceedings.
Mills & Reeve
Mills & Reeve is a firm that has a strong presence in the public sector, working particularly in education, public procurement, and healthcare.
Founded in May as part of a merger, it works with commercial and private clients on a wide range of matters.
They tend to work with high-profile and wealthy clients on matters relating to family law and financial matters. They’re based in London with a small team of seven.
This year, Onside Law worked with countless sports teams and events to ensure compliance, including World Rugby, Red Bull Racing, and West Ham United.
This law firm works with members of the public who feel they have been treated unfairly by the authorities following an accident, most typically medical or on the roads.
Payne Hicks Beach
Payne Hicks Beach has a long history -- they’ve occupied the same building for more than 250 years. They specialise in matters relating to adoption.
Penningtons Manches Cooper
This is a new merger between Penningtons, who also owned Manches, and Cooper. They deal with a wide range of cases.
A Mayfair based law firm that’s just two years old, it's headed by Juliette Peters and Jessica May, two experienced city solicitors.
Potter Rees Dolan
This serious injury practice has, in the past year alone, won more than 100 million pounds for their clients.
Litigation specialists, they have offices all around the world and are involved in many high-profile cases.
This is a specialist family law firm that has offices in Hampstead and in the home counties.
This law firm advises individuals and firms under investigation by government agencies.
This law firm has been involved in some high-profile cases recently and concerns itself with legal matters relating to insurance and financial disputes.
A big player in the Midlands, this law firm works with both small local businesses and huge international companies.
Based in the West End of London, Sheridans are specialists in media law matters.
Simmons & Simmons
This firm is representing Barclays in one of the biggest cases of the year; they’re being sued for more than 1.5 billion pounds.
Skadden works with large companies during takeovers and acquisitions.
Slaughter and May
Slaughter and May is one of London’s “magic circle” firms, and is routinely involved in large cases.
They work with companies looking to invest in new ventures, as well as other legal matters.
Stevens & Bolton
Based in Guildford, they help cutting edge companies with their patents and intellectual property matters.
Stowe Family Law
This firm deals with family law, including inheritance, divorce, and child custody.
Taylor Wessing frequently advises new companies and organisations during the funding phase.
Thomson Snell & Passmore
This is the oldest law firm in operation; they have been in business for 450 years.
Town Legal works with real estate, most notably planning, and works with organisations like the National Trust.
Trowers & Hamlins
This is a diverse law firm that works on a wide range of issues, from international corporate deals to local social housing projects.
TV Edwards works with people who need help standing up against the DWP and other organisations.
Vardags is considered to be one of the top divorce law firms in the country.
Based in Bristol, it’s best known for commercial law and higher education.
Wallace is a large commercial law firm that works with investors, entrepreneurs, and businesses.
Watson Farley & Williams
This firm has nearly one hundred years of history and specialises in transportation.
This law firm, based in Liverpool, is noted for its work in the public sphere.
White & Case
Based in the US, they help with complex cross-border deals.
A huge law firm that focuses on international law.
Based in London since the 18th century, they advise the Church of England, among others.
Based in Plymouth, they’re specialists in personal injury.
A private client firm based in Leeds that is now 25 years old.
This is far from an exhaustive list of the top law firms UK, but there’s no doubt that the names included in the list are at the top of their game. If you’re looking for a law firm, then you’d be well advised to choose from one of the names outlined above.
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