What you need to know about… Ashurst

Celebrating its 200th birthday this year, Ashurst has solidified itself within the international landscape as a “global mega firm”. The winner of Best Client Service Innovation at the Lawyer Awards 2021, it is clear that the firm can spearhead “top tier finance work” whilst fostering a genuinely friendly working culture.

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What you need to know about… Weil, Gotshal & Manges

With 15 offices spread about 5 countries, the American firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges (or Weil for short) is perhaps best known for representing Lehman Brothers during the 2008 financial crisis. The firm’s ability to adapt to the ever-changing business cycles has allowed its profits to soar 12% during the Coronavirus pandemic, largely from COVID-induced restructuring cases.

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What you need to know about… Womble Bond Dickinson

Following a merger between UK firm ​​Bond Dickinson and North Carolina firm Womble Carlyle in 2017, Womble Bond Dickinson has achieved a strong reputation on a regional and international level. With 8 offices across the UK and a whopping 19 offices located in smaller cities in the US, the two legacy firms have focused on regional growth through domestic mergers.

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What you need to know about… Kennedys

In spite of the pandemic, Kennedys is expanding its reach across the globe with new offices opening in San Francisco, Israel and Perth in the last year. Now with 43 offices in 24 countries, Kennedys has been able to expand due to its significant financial growth, with revenues increasing approximately 90% over the past five years.

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What you need to know about… BCLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) as we know it formed in 2018 after the merger of UK-based Berwin Leighton Paisner and US firm Bryan Cave. The Silver Circle firm currently has three UK offices (London, Manchester, and Southampton) on top of 31 overseas offices across 11 countries. Of 34 UK training contracts, 32 are offered in London, the other two in Manchester. The firm is divided into three main departments: Real Estate, Corporate and Financial Transactions, and Litigation and Investigations, with real estate being the firm’s main UK success. They are at the forefront of legal innovation and count the Crown Estate amongst their clients. BCLP is international, creative and supportive.

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What you need to know about… Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May is one of the leading Magic Circle law firms. Despite a small number of international offices - with only 3 in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Brussels abroad - it retains a strong international reputation and presence. Their lawyers are well-versed in over 40 different languages, and the firm boasts a carefully curated network of developing close working relationships with other leading law firms and companies from across the world.

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What you need to know about… Macfarlanes

Founded in 1875, Macfarlanes LLP has a rich history of acting on corporate and commercial matters and client affairs within the UK market. With a distinctive international approach, demonstrated with a small Brussels office complimenting its London Headquarters, Macfarlanes has shown consistent growth. The firm enjoyed its eleventh consecutive year of revenue growth in 2020/21, and amidst pandemic-induced turmoil, posted a 12% increase in operating profit and a 9.2% growth in profit per equity partner to £2.085m.

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