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Best Lawyers Ranking 2019: Where the best lawyers work


Who doesn't want to be one of Germany's best lawyers? The Handelsblatt published this year's best lawyers list and caused a stir in the law firms. Most of the top lawyers work at these firms.

Actually there can only be one "best", superlative is superlative. But that Handelsblatt and the US publisher Best Lawyers are a little more generous: The list of the "best lawyers in Germany" this year includes exactly 4,763 mentions.

Most of the "best lawyers" are then at Hengeler Mueller. 198 mentions were made to the law firm - an astonishingly good rate given that there are around 300 lawyers who work for the law firm. Multiple answers were possible, however; For example, a lawyer may have been recommended for both mergers & acquisitions and corporate law.

Gleiss Lutz followed in second place with 178 mentions. A total of around 260 lawyers work for the law firm, which, according to statistics from Juve Verlag, is the ninth largest in Germany. It is followed by Noerr with 173 "best lawyers" - with a total of around 330 legal advisors, it is the third largest commercial law firm in Germany.

With around 420 lawyers, Freshfields is the second largest law firm in Germany. According to the Best Lawyers ranking, it has 162 top lawyers in its ranks. Hogan Lovells (131 entries) and Clifford Chance (120 entries) follow in fifth and sixth.

CMS, with around 550 legal advisors, is the law firm with the largest number of staff in this country, and Best Lawyers made 116 mentions. Baker McKenzie made it to 95 mentions in the ranking, mathematically every second legal advisor of the firm in Germany is a top lawyer. Allen & Overy received 89 mentions, with around 200 lawyers in Germany. Lawyers from Linklaters and Taylor Wessing are each listed 83 times in the Best Lawyers ranking.

The list of the "best lawyers" is published by Best-Laywers-Verlag exclusively for the Handelsblatt created. The ranking is methodically determined on the basis of a peer-to-peer survey: The survey participants should choose from a list of previously nominated lawyers which lawyers outside their own office they would refer to if they themselves had a mandate due to time constraints or a conflict of interests can not accept. Lawyers with many referrals are included in the ranking.

Best Lawyers is considered the market leader in the evaluation of lawyers in the USA. The rankings have a long tradition there; the recommendation lists have appeared in the USA for almost 30 years.

ah / LTO editorial team