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Olswang LLP
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
No. of offices 7
No. of lawyers 500+
Major practice areas General practice
Key people Paul Stevens [1] (CEO)
Mark Devereux (Senior Partner)
Dirk Van Liedekerke[2]
Date founded 1981 (London)
Company type LLP

Olswang is an international law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom and with additional offices in Reading, Brussels, Madrid, Paris,[3] Singapore [4] and most recently Munich.[5] It also works closely with a network of firms across eighty countries. The Lawyer ranked the firm 22nd largest in the UK[6][7] by worldwide turnover in 2010. That year, the firm had over 600 staff, including 97 partners.[6] David Stewart is the firm's chief executive.[8][9]

The firm's main practice areas include media, technology, telecommunications, real estate, corporate, intellectual property, commercial litigation and arbitration, finance, leisure, tax, EU and competition, and employment.[10]


Olswang was founded in 1981[11] by Simon Olswang and Mark Devereux,[9] who is now the firm's senior partner.[8] as a breakaway from property law firm Brecher & Co.[12] Its early reputation was primarily based on film and media work.[9] The firm grew rapidly through the 1990s, developing more of a focus on technology as well as media.[12] In common with other professional service firms, Olswang converted to a limited liability partnership status under English law with effect from May 1, 2009.

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  1. ^ "Olswang elects IP head Stevens as new CEO". TheLawyer. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Olswang - Corporate Governance Our Board". Olswang website. Retrieved 2016-01-26. 
  3. ^ "Olswang opens in Paris with partner hires from Dechert and local firm". Legalweek. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Olswang gears up for Singapore launch". Legalweek. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  5. ^ Byrne, Matt. "Olswang opens Munich IP office | News". The Lawyer. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  6. ^ a b Joanne Harris (2011-08-11). "Olswang". Thelawyer.com. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  7. ^ "The Lawyer". The Lawyer. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  8. ^ a b Byrne, Matt (2010-03-10). "Olswang elections end with Stewart as CEO | News". The Lawyer. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  9. ^ a b c "Mark Devereux | MediaGuardian 100 2010 | Media". London: The Guardian. 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  10. ^ a b "Firms - Chambers Partners - Olswang". Chambersandpartners.com. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  11. ^ "Olswang LLP | Key Facts". Olswang.com. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  12. ^ a b "Starting out strong - partners who founded their own firms". Legalweek. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 

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