Forty-seven lawyers named Acritas Stars in 2018 global Acritas ranking

22 January 2018

Forty-seven Gowling WLG legal professionals have been named stand-out lawyers in the prestigious Acritas Stars rankings for 2018.

The database, compiled annually by legal research experts Acritas, is the leading source of client and market research to law firms around the world. Following interviews with 4,300 general counsel and legal sector clients, the rankings identify the industry's top lawyers worldwide.

The results form part of Acritas' annual Sharplegal global market insights survey, which collates data through a research study of senior in-house counsel from major companies across the globe. The study highlights the impact the Acritas Stars make across a variety of performance metrics, including client satisfaction and advocacy, contribution to people engagement, strengthening the brand, and share of wallet.

Listings across all Gowling WLG global jurisdictions totalled 47 in 2018 and together span the firm's key sectors. The Gowling WLG lawyers named Acritas Stars for 2018 are:


  • Frederic Dereux


  • Vladislav Ugryumov

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

In addition, Canadian advertising and marketing law partner Brenda Pritchard was named among the top female lawyers globally, having been ranked among an exclusive group of just 13 women to receive nominations from three or more individual clients in 2018.

Gowling WLG was also listed in the Top 10 Canadian and Top 20 UK pre-eminent law firms as part of Acritas' latest Law Firm Brand Index, determined via an independent market survey examining brand awareness and advocacy; favourability; consideration for top level litigation and M&A; and firms most used by overseas buyers for UK high value work.