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StandoutSignature Litigation289910A litigation-focused boutique that has doubled its revenues in the past year. With six partners and 23 fee-earners, it has outsourced its back-office functions and every member of the firm participates in an egalitarian profit-sharing model.
StandoutCMS278109Grew in the UK by 35 per cent in revenue terms last year. Its focus on industry sectors, new delivery models and talent development raised brand recognition.
StandoutLOD (Lawyers On Demand)279810The pioneer of the flexible working contract lawyer service, LOD posted a 48 per cent growth in revenues between 2014 to 2015. Now offers “managed teams” of in-house lawyers for big corporate clients, remotely or on site.
StandoutBird & Bird26998Bird & Bird, with ASE Consulting, has created Baseline, which works with clients on change and compliance programmes that have a heavy technology component.
StandoutBaker McKenzie25898Accountants now outnumber lawyers in the growing tax team. The international distribution of offices means it can compete with the big accountancy firms on tax services.
StandoutEmsleys Solicitors24888Review My Claim is a service that enables consumer clients to have their personal injury legal work from other solicitors reviewed by the firm. It has converted 85 per cent of inquiries into clients.
StandoutMatheson24888Grew its fund practice through research on where asset managers can set up funds
StandoutPinsent Masons24888A combined multidisciplinary tax team of lawyers and accountants that is expanding internationally.
StandoutPwC Tax & Legal Services (Spain)24798The firm has developed a business line for high-growth and high-potential companies, which also provides them with an interface to larger companies.
StandoutWiggin24888A focus on media means the firm has developed several businesses, such as Incopro, a technology business that helps clients enforce intellectual property rights, and Cirkus, a subscription on-demand television service.
CommendedMorais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva23788Set up Team Genesis to help start-up companies in Portugal.
CommendedGarrigues22787Set up a multi-disciplinary transfer pricing team.
CommendedHogan Lovells22787Set up a constitutional change taskforce.
CommendedL&E Global22787An expanding international network of employment firms.
CommendedMagnusson22778The first firm to cover the entire Baltic region.
CommendedSchillings22886Developed a business offering around reputation risk.
CommendedSimmons & Simmons22778A stakeholder engagement programme means it now acts for 40 out of the top 50 European hedge funds.
CommendedKing & Wood Mallesons (EU)21777New and different approach to promoting its Asia business in Europe.
CommendedLatham & Watkins21678Various measures to build a top buyout practice in Europe.
CommendedMishcon de Reya21777Set up a standalone family office for wealthy clients.
CommendedPaul Hastings21777One of the first to set up a mobile payments practice, it now has 40 lawyers.
CommendedAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld20668Took advantage of a failing firm to establish 120 more staff in Europe and Asia.
CommendedCooley20668Overnight expansion in London saw 20 partners join.
CommendedGómez-Acebo & Pombo20677Built an arbitration practice from scratch through a clever collaboration.
CommendedMiranda Correia Amendoeira20677Extended its Portugal-led Africa practice to Paris and Francophone markets.
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