Every year for 40 years we highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession; completely unbiased legal referrals from the best attorneys in the world.

The 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom recognizes the professional excellence of more than 5,436 lawyers in 83 practice areas, including 244 “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. For this 10th Edition, Best Lawyers honored approximately 3.6%* of practicing lawyers in the United Kingdom. “Lawyer of the Year” honors are awarded annually to only one lawyer per practice area in each region with extremely high overall feedback from their peers, making it an exceptional distinguishment.


United Kingdom 10th Edition Publication Statistics

Lawyers who are nominated for consideration are voted on by currently recognized Best Lawyers working in the same practice area and located in the same geographic region. Our awards and recognitions are based purely on the feedback we receive from these top lawyers. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo a thorough verification process to make sure they are currently still in private practice. Only then can these top lawyers be recognized by Best Lawyers.

Publication Statistics

Here are highlights from the 2022 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers  in the United Kingdom:

  • 5,436 Lawyers Recognized
  • 1,070 Firms with listed lawyers
  • 83 Practice Areas

Top 2 metro areas (by number of listed lawyers):

  • London
  • Manchester

Top 10 practice areas by number of recognized lawyers:

  • Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate Law
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Corporate Finance Law
  • Construction Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Insolvency and Restructuring Law

Top 10 most searched practice areas in the United Kingdom in 2020 on bestlawyers.com:

  • Real Estate Law
  • Financial Services
  • Criminal Practice
  • Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • Fraud
  • Corporate Law
  • Aviation Law
  • Private Equity Law

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*Based on information published by The Solicitors Regulation Authority