Firmwide and individual success for Gowling WLG in 'Best Lawyers® in the UK' and 'Lawyer of the Year' 2021 guides

09 June 2020

Thirty-six Gowling WLG lawyers from the firm's UK LLP have been named 'Best Lawyers®' in the 12th Edition of the international peer review publication, with one named 'Lawyer of the Year' for 2021.

Lawyers from the firm's Birmingham and London offices are awarded the title of 'Best Lawyers® in the United Kingdom' for their legal expertise, as well as their ethics and professionalism of the highest calibre, named across 19 speciality areas including Real Estate, Financial and Tech law.

Cementing his success, partner Andrew Smith is also named in Best Lawyers® exclusive 'Lawyers of the Year' list in the Litigation category, recognising him as the premier lawyer in his field among peers in 2021. This additional recognition is awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region, with only one lawyer recognised for each specialty and location.

Partners Paul Inman, Julian Pallet, Andrew Thomas and Martin Thomas secured further individual success, with each recognised for their expertise in two legal categories.

Best Lawyers® is one of the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. The annual list of outstanding lawyers is compiled through an unbiased legal referrals process, surveying tens of thousands of the industry's leading figures.

Recognition in the UK comes following 'Best lawyers®' success for Gowling WLG in Russia, named as the Intellectual Property 'Law Firm of the Year' in 2021, with six lawyers named across a total 13 rankings in multiple IP-related practice areas.

Rankings for Gowling WLG's France and Germany lawyers are to be revealed later this month.

Each UK lawyer has been recognised for market-leading expertise in their specialist area. The full list of those named in the guide is as follows:


Bernardine Adkins: Competition Law

Robert Armour: Energy and Natural Resources Law

Gordon Bell: International Arbitration

Richard Black: Pensions Practice

David Brennan: Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Chris Brierley: Banking and Finance Law

Jonathan Chamberlain: Employment Law

Martin Chitty: Employment Law

Philip Clissitt: Education Law

Jason Coates: Pensions Practice

John Cooper: Competition Law

Nicholas Cunningham: Intellectual Property Law

Patrick Duxbury: Intellectual Property Law

Richard Green: Construction Law

Gordon Harris: Intellectual Property Law

Matthew Harvey: Asset Finance Law

Julian Henwood: Corporate Finance Law

Paul Inman: Intellectual Property Law & Life Sciences Law

Luke Kempton: Intellectual Property Law

Michael Luckman: Intellectual Property Law

Hugh Maule: Corporate Finance Law

Lee McBride: Environmental Law

Jeremy Millington: Corporate Finance Law

Lee Nuttall: Tax Law

Michael O'Shea: Construction Law

Julian Pallett: Banking and Finance Law & Insolvency and Restructuring Law

Ashley Pigott: Construction Law

Huw Roberts: Real Estate Law

Andrew Smith: Litigation

Gillian Stewart: Real Estate Law

Andrew Thomas: Environmental Law & Planning Law

Martin Thomas: Litigation Law & Real Estate Law

Mike Trainer: Real Estate Law

Nick Turner: Real Estate Finance

David Vaughan: Corporate Finance Law

Ian Weatherall: Insolvency and Restructuring Law

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