List of largest United Kingdom-based law firms

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The following is a list of the 100 largest United Kingdom-based law firms measured by worldwide revenues. The list only includes law firms which are headquartered or co-headquartered in the United Kingdom. The list does not include the QualitySolicitors network of British law firms, which has system-wide revenues of around £300 million.[1]

# Name Turnover (2012/13)[2] Profit per equity partner (2012/13)[2] Headquarters Notes
1 DLA Piper £1,539 million £825,000 London/Chicago DLA Piper is composed of two partnerships, the United Kingdom-based DLA Piper International LLP and the United States-based DLA Piper U.S. LLP. The two partnerships share a single management board but are not financially integrated.
2 Clifford Chance £1,271 million £1,000,000 London
3 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer £1,221 million £1,398,000 London
4 Linklaters £1,195.3 million £1,313,000 London
5 Allen & Overy £1,189 million £1,100,000 London
6 Hogan Lovells £1,030 million £692,000 London/Washington, D.C. Hogan Lovells is composed of two partnerships, the United Kingdom-based Hogan Lovells International LLP and the United States-based Hogan Lovells US LLP. The two partnerships share a single management board but are not financially integrated.
7 Norton Rose Fulbright £845.3 million n/a London Norton Rose Fulbright is composed of five partnerships: Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. The partnerships share a single management board but are not financially integrated.
8 CMS £679.3 million £437,000 London/Frankfurt Financial data is for the CMS European Economic Interest Grouping which is managed by an executive committee based in Frankfurt, Germany. CMS Cameron McKenna is the UK member partnership. CMS Cameron McKenna will merge with Edinburgh-based Dundas & Wilson in May 2014.[3]
9 Herbert Smith Freehills £671.2 million £784,000 London/Sydney
10 Slaughter and May £443 million £1,887,000 London
11 Eversheds £376 million £642,000 London
12 Clyde & Co £336.6 million £580,000 London
13 Ashurst £323 million £680,000 London Merged with the Australia-based Blake Dawson in November 2013.[4]
14 Pinsent Masons £309.2 million £387,000 London
15 Simmons & Simmons £250.3 million £525,000 London
16 Bird & Bird £249 million £470,000 London
17 Berwin Leighton Paisner £233 million n/a London
18 Taylor Wessing £228 million £404,000 London
19 Irwin Mitchell £200.2 million £619,000 Sheffield
20= DWF £188.2 million £429,000 Manchester
20= DAC Beachcroft £188.2 million £281,000 London
22 SJ Berwin £184.6 million £565,000 London Merged with the Hong Kong-based King & Wood Mallesons in November 2013.[5]
23 Addleshaw Goddard £166.5 million £457,000 London
24 Holman Fenwick Willan £141 million £530,000 London
25 Wragge & Co £120.5 million £339,000 Birmingham Will merge with Lawrence Graham in May 2014.[6]
26 Withers £117.8 million £370,000 London
27 Kennedys £117 million £429,000 London
28 Nabarro £116.3 million £430,000 London
29 Macfarlanes £114.16 million £989,000 London
30= Hill Dickinson £112.8 million £264,000 Liverpool
30= Osborne Clarke £112.8 million £350,000 London[7]
32 Stephenson Harwood £112.3 million £450,000 London
33 Olswang £113 million £510,000 London
34 Parabis £110.5 million £1,136,000 n/a Parabis operates as a limited company so its profit per equity partner figure is not directly comparable
35 Watson, Farley & Williams £102.1 million £383,000 London
36 Field Fisher Waterhouse £94.8 million £402,000 London
37 Ince & Co £93.2 million £575,000 London
38 Minster Law £90.5 million n/a York
39 Mishcon de Reya £88.4 million £840,000 London
40 Shoosmiths £87 million £269,000 Northampton
41 Travers Smith £86.2 million £790,000 London
42 Berrymans Lace Mawer £84.7 million £215,000 Manchester
43 Reynolds Porter Chamberlain £82.1 million £373,000 London
44 Weightmans £82.05 million £338,000 Liverpool
45 Trowers & Hamlins £78.3 million £307,000 London
46 Burges Salmon £73.7 million £423,000 Bristol
47 Mills & Reeve LLP £70.9 million £324,000 Norwich
48 Charles Russell £68.9 million £311,000 London Merged with Speechly Bircham in November 2014 to form Charles Russell Speechlys
49 Gateley £66 million £262,000 Birmingham
50 Speechly Bircham £57.5 million £297,000 London Merged with Charles Russell in November 2014 to form Charles Russell Speechlys
51 Lawrence Graham £51.8 million £260,000 London Will merge with Wragge & Co in May 2014.[6]
52 Farrer & Co £50.8 million £427,000 London
53 Bond Pearce £50.3 million £268,000 Bristol Merged with Dickinson Dees in May 2013, successor firm is called Bond Dickinson.[8]
54 TLT Solicitors £49.6 million £274,000 Bristol
55 Dundas & Wilson £48.7 million £164,000 Edinburgh Will merge with CMS Cameron McKenna in May 2014.[3]
56 Dickinson Dees £48 million £240,000 Newcastle Merged with Bond Pearce in May 2013, successor firm is called Bond Dickinson.[8]
57 Brodies £46.01 million £429,000 Edinburgh
58 Blake Morgan £45.6 million £180,000 Southampton
59 Shakespeares £45.4 million £220,000 Birmingham
60 Stewarts Law £45.2 million £1,100,000 London
61 Browne Jacobson £45 million n/a Nottingham
62 Walker Morris £42 million £371,000 Leeds
63 Lewis Silkin £41 million £344,000 London
64 Maclay Murray & Spens £40.9 million £211,000 Glasgow
65 Howard Kennedy FSI £40.6 million £128,000 London
66 Freeth Cartwright £40.58 million £258,000 Nottingham
67 Burness Paull & Williamsons £38.7 million £332,000 Edinburgh
68 Thomas Eggar £36.6 million £251,000 Chichester
69 Shepherd and Wedderburn £35.9 million £253,000 Edinburgh
70 Bristows £35.4 million £437,000 London
71 Morgan Cole £33.7 million £162,000 Cardiff
72 Clarke Willmott £33.1 million £140,000 Birmingham
73 Ward Hadaway £32.99 million £322,000 Newcastle
74 Bevan Brittan £32.8 million £258,000 Bristol
75= Forsters £32.5 million £434,000 London
75= Penningtons £32.5 million £275,000 London Merged with Manches in 2013.
77 Capsticks £32.4 million £437,000 London
78 Bircham Dyson Bell £31.25 million £271,000 London
79 Brabners £30 million £235,000 Liverpool
80 Ashfords £29.5 million £230,000 Exeter
81 Birketts £28.65 million £208,000 Ipswich
82 SGH Martineau £28.55 million n/a Birmingham
83 Fladgate £28.19 million £406,000 London
84 Kingsley Napley £27.8 million £405,000 London
85 Wedlake Bell £26.9 million £324,000 London
86 Manches £26.3 million £135,000 London Merged with Penningtons in 2013
87 Russell-Cooke £25.9 million £200,000 London
88 Gordons £25.82 million n/a Leeds
89 Winckworth Sherwood £25.7 million n/a London
90 Greenwoods £24.8 million £750,000 London Merged with Parabis in May 2013
91 Sackers £24.3 million £765,000 London
92 Foot Anstey £24.15 million £224,000 Plymouth
93 Veale Wasborough Vizards £22.44 million £419,000 Bristol
94 Turcan Connell £22.4 million £317,000 Edinburgh
95 Michelmores £22.3 million £255,000 Exeter
96 Thrings £22 million n/a Bath
97 Anderson Strathern £21.8 million £141,000 Edinburgh
98 Harper Macleod £21 million £296,000 Glasgow
99 Boodle Hatfield £20.7 million £401,000 London
100 Optima Legal £20.6 million £165,000 Bradford

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "The Lawyer UK 200 Preview: Come on, united". The Lawyer. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Dundas and Wilson to merge with London-based CMS". BBC News. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Former Blake Dawson chair Padbury elected as Ashurst vice chairman". The Lawyer. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "City law firm SJ Berwin in pioneer merger with King & Wood Mallesons". The Telegraph. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Wragges votes in favour of LG merger to create Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co". The Lawyer. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Osborne Clarke moves HQ to London". The Lawyer. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Bond Dickinson makes up six in first combined partnership round". The Lawyer. 8 May 2013.