Gowling WLG leads the way as The Legal 500 UK 2021 rankings are revealed

01 October 2020

Leading international law firm Gowling WLG has won plaudits for its commercial and legal expertise The Legal 500 UK reveals its rankings results for 2021.

The firm again secures top tier rankings in London and the West Midlands across its range of practices and sectors, including Real Estate, Corporate, Government & Public Sector, and Technology, and marked success in the firm's specialist service lines including Projects, Energy & Natural resources, Pensions, Finance and Dispute Resolution.

Highlighting the firm's market-leading prowess, Gowling WLG secures 15 Tier One rankings, added to a further 53 practice area accolades across London and the West Midlands, totalling 68 practice area rankings.

In another excellent showing, the firm also scoops a total 60 individual rankings, with 28 Gowling WLG lawyers named in the elite "Leading Individuals" list, The Legal 500 UK's guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide. A further 10 lawyers were named to the publications "Hall of Fame" list, exclusively for senior practitioners and shining lights in their field.

Recognising the firm's talent at all levels, an additional eight lawyers are listed "Next Generation Partners" with a further 14 as "Rising Stars".

A full list of Gowling WLG's ranked lawyers is included below:

Hall of Fame


  • Nick Heather: Listed Funds
  • Martin Thomas: Property Litigation
  • Anne Waltham: Property Litigation

West Midlands

  • Jeremy Millington: Corporate and Commercial
  • Andrew Litchfield: Health & safety
  • Richard Black: Pensions
  • Stephen Kenny: Energy, Project Finance and PFI
  • John Burns: Commercial Property - Birmingham
  • Ashely Pigott: Construction

Leading Lawyers


  • James Sidwell: Commercial Litigation: Investment & Retail
  • Gordon Bell: International Arbitration
  • Peter Shave: Pensions - Dispute Resolution
  • Jonathan Brufal: Emerging Markets & Energy and Infrastructure
  • Patrick Duxbury: Industry Focus - Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Kristian Rogers: Listed Funds
  • Andrew Newbery: Water
  • Jon Lloyd: Commercial Property - Development
  • Nick Turner: Real Estate - Property Finance
  • Huw Evans: Intellectual Property: Trademarks, Copyright and Design

West Midlands

  • David Vaughan: Corporate and Commercial
  • Lee Nuttall: Corporate Tax
  • Andrew Smith: Commercial Litigation
  • Jane Fielding: Employment
  • Martin Chitty: Employment
  • Paul Carberry: Pensions
  • Richard Lee: Pensions
  • Gus Wood: Energy
  • Richard Bate: Commercial Property - Birmingham
  • Richard Green: Construction
  • Andrew Litchfield: Environment
  • Lee McBride: Environment
  • Andrew Thomas: Planning
  • Paul Barker: Property Litigation
  • Jacqueline Knox: Social Housing
  • Kate Swaine: Intellectual property
  • Giles Clifford: Transport

Next Generation Partners


  • Samuel Beighton: EU & Competition
  • Catherine Naylor: Commercial Litigation - Mid-market
  • Dominic Richardson: Industry Focus - Energy & Infrastructure

West Midlands

  • Chris Nyland: Corporate Tax
  • Navin Prabhakar: Banking and Finance
  • Dominic Richardson: Project Finance & PFI
  • Matthew Walker: Commercial Property - Birmingham
  • Toni Weston: Planning

Rising Stars


  • Verity Barker: Commercial Litigation - Mid-market
  • Charlotte Scholes: Pensions Dispute Resolution
  • Elizabeth Williams: Industry Focus - Energy & Infrastructure
  • Kate Seabourne: Listed Funds
  • Susan Johnston: Mining and Minerals
  • Dan Smith: Media and Entertainment (Advertising)

West Midlands

  • Caroline McNally: Corporate and Commercial - Birmingham
  • Katie Molloy: Banking Litigation
  • Michael Hafen: Health and Safety
  • James Stanier: Energy, Project Finance & PFI
  • Gemma Whittaker: Construction
  • Rob Bridgman: Property Litigation
  • Michael Carter: Intellectual Property
  • James Barr: Transport

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