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, as well as their PEP, lawyer numbers and profit margins. The list only includes law firms which are headquartered, co-headquartered or maintain a large network of offices 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]

The table is up to date as of September 2015.

# Name Turnover (2014/15)[2] Turnover (2013/14)[3] Profit per equity partner (2014/15)[3] Profit per lawyer (2014/15) Total number of partners / lawyers (2014/15) Profit margin (2014/15) Headquarters Notes
1 DLA Piper £1,626 million £1,560 million £903,000 £102,000 1,236/3,981 27% 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 £1,350 million £1,359 million £1,117,000 £150,000 569/2,992 33% London (10 Upper Bank Street)
3 Allen & Overy £1,281 million £1,234 million £1,210,000 £207,000 519/2,523 41% London (Bishops Square)
4 Linklaters £1,270 million £1,255 million £1,368,000 £220,000 450/2,601 45% London
5 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer £1,245 million £1,232 million £1,370,000 £247,000 424/2,322 46% London
6 Norton Rose Fulbright £1,118 million £845.3 million £394,000 £108,000 1168/3,405 33% 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.
7 Hogan Lovells £1,098 million £1,030 million £692,000 £145,000 788/2,593 35% 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.
8 Herbert Smith Freehills £815 million £671.2 million £801,000 £113,000 454/2,294 32% London/Sydney Herbert Smith merged with Australian firm Freehills in 2012.
9 Dentons £796 million £710.4 million £625,000 £110,000 944/2,744 N/A Decentralized Financial data is for the whole Dentons decentralised network. Dentons consists of multiple legal entities, namely Dentons Canada LLP, Dentons Europe LLP, Dentons UKMEA LLP, Dentons US LLP and their respective affiliates. Newly in also includes the leading Chinese law firm Dacheng Law Offices, which merged with Dentons in 2015.
10 CMS £753.3 million £710.4 million £437,000 £87,000 782/2,776 32% 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 merged with Edinburgh-based Dundas & Wilson in May 2014.[4]
11 Squire Patton Boggs £607 million[5] £323 million £526,000 £60,000 452/1,356 15% London/Cleveland Squire Sanders merged with Washington D.C. based Patton Boggs in 2014, forming Squire Patton Boggs. Headquartered in Cleveland, but the firm's largest offices are in London and Washington D.C. The firm operates as a single partnership sharing a single management board but are not financially integrated. In UK, it is listed as Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP.
12 Ashurst £561 million £323 million £680,000 £121,000 413/1,633 35% London Merged with the Australia-based Blake Dawson in November 2013.[6]
13 Slaughter and May £504.5 million £443 million £2,229,000 £349,000 118/702 49% London
14 Clyde & Co £395 million £336.6 million £580,000 £94,000 319/1,270 30% London
15 Eversheds £380.7 million £376 million £642,000 £64,000 332/1,364 23% London
16 Pinsent Masons £323.2 million £309.2 million £387,000 £54,000 367/1,548 23% London Merged with Scottish firm McGrigors in 2012.
17 Simmons & Simmons £290.1 million £250.3 million £649,000 £112,000 241/842 33% London
18 Berwin Leighton Paisner £246 million £233 million £661,000 £78,000 202/706 21% London
19 Bird & Bird £259 million £249 million £470,000 £40,000 277/1,032 16% London
20 Taylor Wessing £239.8 million £228 million £387,000 £70,000 338/947 28% London
21 Irwin Mitchell £210.6 million £200.2 million £600,000 £61,000 208/693 20% Sheffield
22 DAC Beachcroft £198.9 million £188.2 million £307,000 £31,000 230/1,016 16% London
23 Addleshaw Goddard £192.5 million £166.5 million £457,000 £70,000 173/674 24% London
24 DWF £191 million £188.2 million £325,000 £19,000 244/1,134 11% Manchester Albeit headquartered in Manchester, the firm's largest office is in London at 20 Fenchurch Street.
25 Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co £180.4 million £140,000 £367,000 £79,000 159/656 29% Birmingham Wragge & Co merged with Lawrence Graham in May 2014.[7] Collaboration with Canadian Firm Gowling and became Gowling WLG in February 2016
26 Macfarlanes £159.6 million £114.16 million £1,555,500 £238,000 80/344 51% London
27 Osborne Clarke £151 million £112.8 million £550,000 £45,000 195/667 20% London
28 Stephenson Harwood £145.2 million £112.3 million £746,000 £119,000 124/452 37% London
29 Holman Fenwick Willan £143.8 million £141 million £469,000 £89,000 144/427 27% London
30 Charles Russell Speechlys £134.5 million N/A £325,000 £50,000 163/530 20% London Charles Russell LLP merged with Speechly Bircham in November 2014 to form Charles Russell Speechlys
31 Withers £134 million £117.8 million £275,000 £43,000 158/535 17% London
32 Kennedys Law £129.9 million £117 million £410,000 £42,000 168/580 19% London
33 Olswang £126.7 million £113 million £490,000 £62,000 115/195 19% London
34 Nabarro £126.1 million £116.3 million £631,000 £100,000 102/429 34% London
35 Watson, Farley & Williams £ 125.2 million £102.1 million £520,000 £76,000 130/438 23% London
36 Mishcon de Reya £116.7 million £88.4 million £897,000 £99,000 112/327 28% London
37 Fieldfisher £113.3 million £94.8 million £506,000 £63,000 150/416 23% London
38 Bond Dickinson £107 million £90.5 million £284,000 £38,000 135/506 18% Bristol Bond Pearce merged with Dickinson Dees in May 2013, successor firm is called Bond Dickinson.
39 Travers Smith £105.9 million £86.2 million £947,000 £134,000 64/317 40% London
40 Hill Dickinson £111.6 million £112.8 million £261,000 £34,000 151/455 15% Liverpool
41 Berrymans Lace Mawer £104.1 million £84.7 million £215,000 £19,000 210/950 18% Manchester
42 Shoosmiths £103 million £87 million £386,000 £35,000 137/487 17% Northampton
43 Reynolds Porter Chamberlain £94.4 million £82.1 million £403,000 £88,000 77/354 33% London
44 Weightmans £89.2 million £82.05 million £285,000 £21,000 166/551 13% Liverpool
45 Thompsons £82 million £75 million £240,000 £23,000 53/284 8% London
46 Mills & Reeve £81.6 million £70.9 million £324,000 £52,000 113/402 26% Decentralised
47 Burges Salmon £80.8 million £73.7 million £484,000 £84,000 76/335 35% Bristol
48 Gateley £80 million £66 million £234,000 £67,000 154/479 40% Birmingham
49 Ince & Co £79.4 million £93.2 million £275,000 £87,000 88/278 30% London
50 Trowers & Hamlins £79.4 million £78.3 million £336,000 £63,000 119/311 25% London
51 Blake Morgan £71.9 million N/A £170,000 £28,000 119/334 13% Southampton
52 TLT Solicitors £62.5 million £49.6 million £231,000 £22,000 100/343 12% Bristol
53 Browne Jacobson £58.9 million £45 million £412,000 £23,000 102/305 12% Nottingham
54 Brodies £57.9 million £46.01 million £532,000 £67,000 83/302 35% Edinburgh
55 Penningtons Manches £57.5 million £32.5 million £319,000 £34,000 111/298 18% London Merged with Manches in 2013.
56 Freeths £55.9 million £40.58 million £307,000 £44,000 119/289 23% Nottingham
57 Keoghs £55 million N/A £352,000 £34,000 74/260 16% Bolton
58= Shakespeares £49 million N/A £227,000 £47,000 96/217 21% Birmingham Merged with SGH Martineau to form Shakespeares Martineau
59 Farrer & Co £53 million £45.2 million £448,000 £66,000 72/212 26% London
60 Stewarts Law £52.4 million £38.7 million £1,294,000 £183,000 49/127 44% London
61 Burness Paull & Williamsons £51.3 million £40.6 million £480,000 £84,000 57/257 42% Edinburgh
62 Shepherd and Wedderburn £48 million £40.9 million £335,000 £57,000 73/241 28% Glasgow
63 Lewis Silkin £44.7 million N/A £259,000 £80,000 59/191 34% London
64 Howard Kennedy £43.8 million £41 million £361,000 £41,000 72/160 15% London
65 PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP £43 million £35.6 million N/A N/A N/A N/A London
66 Maclay Murray & Spens £43.5 million £36.6 million £283,000 £57,000 61/230 30% Glasgow
67 Walker Morris LLP £42 million £35.9 million £434,000 £75,000 48/204 36% Leeds
68 Forsters £41.4 million £35.4 million £539,000 £66,000 42/167 27% London
69 Thomas Eggar £41.1 million £32.4 million £259,000 £33,000 66/174 14% London
70 Clarke Willmott £39.8 million £28.19 million £200,000 £23,000 93/249 15% Bristol
71 Capsticks £39.8 million £32.5 million £283,000 £30,000 47/220 16% London
72 Dickson Minto £ 39 million £33.1 million £1,120,100 £137,000 18/115 40% Edinburgh / London (Broadgate Tower)
73 Bristows £38.1 million N/A £392,000 £102,000 38/146 39% London
74 Fladgate £37 million £32.99 million £648,000 £85,000 67/122 28% London
75 Ashfords £35.4 million £25.7 million £261,000  ? 68/171 17% Exeter
76 Bevan Brittan £34.9 million £32.8 million £289,000 £25,000 46/183 23% Bristol
77 Birketts £34.9 million £28.65 million £258,000 £42,000 54/192 23% Ipswich
78 Bircham Dyson Bell £34.5 million £24.15 million £252,000 £90,000 44/123 32% London
79 Winckworth Sherwood £33.4 million £29.5 million £740,000 £59,000 48/193 34% London
80 Ward Haddaway £33.3 million £31.25 million £225,000 £12,000 83/225 8% Newcastle
81 Hugh James £32.1 million £26.9 million £196,000 £39,000 44/130 16% Cardiff
82 Foot Anstey £32 million N/A £300,000 £28,000 43/163 14% Exeter
83 Wedlake Bell £31.3 million £30 million £352,000 £56,000 55/144 26% London
84 Kingsley Napley £ 28.8 million £27.8 million £405,000 £39,000 43/163 16% London
85 Russell-Cooke £30.7 million £25.9 million £245,000 £84,000 51/148 41% London
86 Brabners £30 million £22 million £236,000 £33,000 65/202 22% Liverpool
87 Michelmores £30 million £22.3 million £295,000 £34,000 62/163 19% Exeter
88 Thrings £27.5 million N/A £160,000 £35,000 63/188 24% Swindon
89 SGH Martineau £26.6 million £20.7 million £200,000 £28,000 41/120 13% Birmingham Merged with national law firm Shakespeares in 2015 to form Shakespeares Martineau
90 Cripps £26 million £24.3 million £273,000 £42,000 45/143 23% Royal Tunbridge Wells
91 Veale Wasborough Vizards £24.1 million £22.44 million £295,000 £30,000 53/156 19% Bristol
92 Boodle Hatfield £23.9 million N/A £400,000 £53,000 32/91 20% London
93 Sacker & Partners £23.7 million £22.4 million £793,000 £248,000 22/48 50% London
94 Gordons £22.5 million £25.82 million £670,000 £70,000 35/93 29% Leeds
95 Stevens & Bolton £22.4 million £19.8 million £406,000 £54,000 36/121 29% Guildford
96 Harper Macleod £22.1 million N/A £131,000 £58,000 61/139 39% Edinburgh
97 Geldards £22 million £21.8 million £169,000 £25,000 51/142 16% Cardiff
98 Anderson Strathern £ 21.6 million N/A £167,000 £58,000 54/158 25% Edinburgh
99 Harbottle & Lewis £21.4 million £21 million £300,000 £127,000 33/78 46% London
100 DMH Stallard LLP £21 million N/A £264,000 £29,000 49/99 14% London / Gatwick / Guildford

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