Gowling WLG named Top Tier firm in The Legal 500 UK 2023 rankings

29 September 2022

Gowling WLG has been praised for its market-topping commercial and legal expertise in The Legal 500 UK 2023 rankings.

The firm again secures top tier rankings in London and the West Midlands, including in Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Government & Public Sector, and Technology sector lines, as well as marked success in the firm's specialist services including Construction, Projects, Energy & Natural Resources, Pensions, Finance and Dispute Resolution.

Highlighting the firm's leading legal advisory in the UK, Gowling WLG claims a total 65 practice area rankings across London and the West Midlands, including 15 prestigious 'Tier 1' rankings.

Our lawyers also secure a total 74 individual rankings this year, with 31 Gowling WLG professionals securing 34 elite "Leading Individuals" accolades – The Legal 500's guide to the outstanding lawyers nationwide. A further nine lawyers are named to the publications "Hall of Fame" list, reserved exclusively for senior practitioners recognised as the preeminent figures in their field.

Recognising the firm's talent at all levels, an additional 15 lawyers are named "Next Generation Partners" across a total 16 rankings, with a further 15 lawyers featuring in the "Rising Stars" list this year.

Click for a complete overview of Gowling WLG's Legal 500 UK 2023 firm rankings for London and the West Midlands. A full list of our ranked lawyers is included below (*denotes multiple rankings):

Leading Lawyers

London

  • Andrew Newbery: Water
  • Ben Stansfield*: Planning & Environment
  • Charles Bond*: Corporate and Commercial & Projects, Energy and Natural Resources
  • Gordon Bell: International Arbitration
  • Huw Evans: Intellectual Property: Patents (contentious and non-contentious)
  • James Sidwell: Commercial Litigation: mid-market
  • John Reed: Listed Funds
  • Jonathan Brufal: Emerging Markets
  • Kristian Rogers: Listed Funds
  • Nick Turner: Property Finance
  • Oliver Riley: Real Estate Funds
  • Patrick Duxbury: Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Vicky Fowler: Planning

West Midlands

  • Andrew Litchfield*: Health & Safety & Environment
  • Andrew Smith: Commercial Litigation
  • Chris Brierley: Banking & Finance
  • Clive Chalkley: Property Litigation
  • David Vaughan: Corporate & Commercial - Birmingham
  • Elizabeth Gane: Pensions
  • Giles Clifford: Transport
  • Gus Wood: Energy, Project Finance and PFI
  • Jacqueline Knox: Social Housing
  • Jane Fielding: Employment
  • Kate Swaine: Intellectual property
  • Lee Nuttall: Corporate Tax
  • Michael O'Shea: Construction
  • Paul Barker: Property Litigation
  • Paul Carberry: Pensions
  • Richard Bate: Commercial Property - Birmingham
  • Richard Green: Construction
  • Richard Lee: Pensions

Hall of Fame

London

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

West Midlands

  • Ashley Pigott: Construction
  • Jeremy Millington: Corporate and Commercial
  • John Burns: Commercial Property – Birmingham
  • Martin Chitty: Employment
  • Richard Black: Pensions
  • Stephen Kenny: Energy, Project Finance and PFI

Next Generation Partners

London

  • Catherine Naylor: Commercial Litigation - Mid-market
  • Dan Smith: Media and Entertainment
  • Elizabeth Williams: Infrastructure
  • John Coldham: Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
  • Nick Mumby: Commercial Property - Development
  • Samuel Beighton: EU & Competition

West Midlands

  • Christopher Stiles: Pensions
  • Dominic Richardson*: Energy, Project Finance and PFI & Transport
  • Helen Davenport: Commercial Litigation - Birmingham
  • James Stanier: Energy, Project Finance and PFI
  • Joanne Tibbott: Pensions
  • Matthew Walker: Commercial Property - Birmingham
  • Navin Prabhakar: Banking and Finance
  • Sarah Riding: Corporate and Commercial - Birmingham
  • Toni Weston: Planning

Rising Stars

London

  • Aaron Dunning-Foreman: Pensions Dispute Resolution
  • Charlotte Scholes: Pensions Dispute Resolution
  • Kam Dhillon: Financial Services - Non-Contentious / Regulatory
  • Kate Seabourne: Listed Funds
  • Sushil Kuner: Financial Services - Non-Contentious / Regulatory
  • Verity Barker: Commercial Litigation - Mid-market

West Midlands

  • Angela Rawlins: Banking and Finance
  • Caroline McNally: Corporate and Commercial - Birmingham
  • Gemma Courtenay: Social Housing
  • Gemma Whittaker: Construction
  • Katie Molloy: Banking Litigation
  • Michael Carter: Intellectual Property
  • Michael Hafen: Health and Safety
  • Rob Bridgman: Property Litigation
  • Sally Farrall: Social Housing

People mentioned

Media contacts

Ben Griffiths Senior Corporate Communications Executive Birmingham