Gowling WLG wins Global Strategic Initiative of the Year at The Lawyer European Awards 2017

17 March 2017

Gowling WLG was awarded the top spot at The Lawyer European Awards last night, 16 March 2017, in the Global Strategic Initiative of the Year category.

The shortlist recognised those firms which have worked on initiatives with significant global aspects, be that strategic expansion or streamlining international operations, processes and practices. The judges selected firms they believe have demonstrated global excellence which has set them apart from the rest of the legal industry.

Gowling WLG UK's CEO, David Fennell, said: "I am extremely pleased that Gowling WLG has received this accolade in recognition of our ambition, expanded platform and increasingly international approach. We've transformed the firm over the last few years, but we have no intention of resting on our laurels. We are actively seeking further opportunities to grow our business and our client base. We're confident that this is just the start of even bigger things to come."

The award win recognises Gowling WLG's increased global reach achieved through the February 2016 combination of Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co UK LLP and Gowlings in Canada. That combination has resulted in 12 months of growth and success, including an increased global turnover of more than £400 million; more than 300 new clients and instructions through referrals across the combination; and winning instructions from global businesses such as Weetabix, Estee Lauder and Bombardier. The firm has expanded further in Europe through a series of lateral hires and the launch of an office in Stuttgart; and in Asia through an association with Singapore local law firm JurisAsia.