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Announcing The Best Lawyers in The United Kingdom™ 2023

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from the United Kingdom.

The Best Lawyers in The United Kingdom 2023
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Best Lawyers

June 8, 2022 07:00 PM

Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession globally, is pleased to announce the release of the 11th edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom™ and the inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the United Kingdom™.

Best Lawyers lists have used a Purely Peer Review™ methodology for more than 40 years and are the preeminent guide to the legal profession. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

A lawyer can be nominated for the traditional Best Lawyers recognition or Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch awards, but they cannot be nominated for recognition in both lists at the same time. 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. No one is required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion by Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo a thorough verification process to make sure they are currently still in private practice. Only then can Best Lawyers recognize these top legal professionals.

United Kingdom Publication Statistics

The 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom recognizes the professional excellence of 6,017 lawyers in 84 practice areas and the inaugural edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the United Kingdom recognizes 359 honorees across 50 practice areas.

Publication Statistics for The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom:

  • 6,017 Listed Lawyers
  • 84 Practice Areas
  • 243 “Lawyer of the Year” Awards
  • 35 Metropolitan Areas

London is the metropolitan area with the most honorees.

Top 10 practice areas by number of honorees in The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom:

  1. Employment Law
  2. Litigation
  3. Real Estate Law
  4. Family Law
  5. Personal Injury Litigation
  6. Corporate Finance Law
  7. Construction Law
  8. Intellectual Property Law
  9. Banking and Finance Law
  10. Insolvency and Restructuring Law

Top 10 most searched practice areas in the United Kingdom in 2021 on bestlawyers.com:

  1. Immigration Law
  2. Family Law
  3. Clinical Negligence
  4. Human Rights Law
  5. Pensions Practice
  6. Employment Law
  7. Capital Markets Law
  8. Criminal Practice
  9. Litigation
  10. Private Equity

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the United Kingdom awards are presented to lawyers who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice. These recipients typically have been in practice for 3-12 years, whereas the honorees recognized in The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom have on average been in practice for more than 12 years. The methodology for determining these new awards remains the same as our traditional lists: peer review. Lawyers are the best resource to provide feedback on the caliber of work performed by their peers.

Publication Statistics for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the United Kingdom:

  • 359 Listed Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Honorees
  • 136 Firms with Honorees
  • 50 Practice Areas
  • 11 Metropolitan Areas

London is the metropolitan area with the most recipients.

Top Five practice areas by number of recognized individuals in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the United Kingdom:

  1. Banking and Finance Law
  2. International Arbitration
  3. Commercial Dispute Resolution
  4. Administrative and Public Law
  5. Litigation

Interested in seeing Best Lawyers honorees in the United Kingdom? Use our Find a Lawyer tool to search by location and specialty.

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