Gowling WLG awarded Top Tier firm status in The Legal 500 UK 2024 rankings

04 October 2023

Gowling WLG has been praised for its market-topping commercial and legal expertise in The Legal 500 UK 2024 rankings.

The firm 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 a wide range of the firm's specialist services – including Construction, Projects, Energy & Natural Resources, Transport, Employment, Pensions, Intellectual Property, Finance, Listed Funds and Dispute Resolution.

Recognising the firm's leading legal advisory in the UK, Gowling WLG claims a total 62 practice area rankings across London, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber, including 13 prestigious 'Tier 1' rankings.

This year's results saw an even greater number of our lawyers awarded individual rankings, in recognition of their standout contributions in their field and in supporting clients. Overall, our lawyers secured 79 rankings, with 36 Gowling WLG professionals securing 37 elite "Leading Individuals" accolades – The Legal 500's guide to the outstanding lawyers nationwide. A further 13 lawyers are named in the publication's "Hall of Fame" list, reserved exclusively for senior practitioners recognised as the preeminent figures in their practice area.

Highlighting the firm's talent at all levels, an additional 13 lawyers are named "Next Generation Partners" across a total 16 rankings, with a further 13 lawyers featuring in the "Rising Stars" list.

Read the complete overview of Gowling WLG's Legal 500 UK 2024 firm rankings. A full list of our ranked lawyers is included below (*denotes multiple rankings):

Leading Lawyers


  • Andrew Newbery: Water
  • Ben Stansfield*: Planning, and Environment
  • Charles Bond*: Projects, Energy and Natural resources – Mining & Minerals
  • Dan Gwilliam: Commercial Property – Investment
  • Dan Smith: Media – Advertising and Marketing
  • 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 and Healthcare
  • Vicky Fowler: Planning

West Midlands

  • Andrew Litchfield*: Environment
  • Andrew Smith: Commercial Litigation – Birmingham
  • Chris Brierley: Banking & Finance
  • Clive Chalkley: Property Litigation
  • David Vaughan: Corporate & Commercial – Birmingham
  • Giles Clifford: Transport
  • Gus Wood: Energy, Project Finance & PFI
  • Helen Davenport: Commercial Litigation – Birmingham
  • Jacqueline Knox: Social Housing
  • Jane Fielding: Employment
  • Joanne Tibbott: Pensions
  • Jocelyn Paulley: IT and Telecoms
  • 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
  • Toni Weston: Planning

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • Julia Dacre Field: Commercial Property: Leeds and West Yorkshire – North Yorkshire

Hall of Fame


  • Anne Waltham: Property Litigation
  • Charles Bond*: Equity Capital Markets – Small Mid-cap
  • Martin Thomas: Property Litigation
  • Nick Heather: Listed Funds

West Midlands

  • Andrew Litchfield*: Health & Safety
  • Ashley Pigott: Construction
  • Elizabeth Gane: Pensions
  • Jeremy Millington: Corporate & Commercial – Birmingham
  • John Burns: Commercial Property – Birmingham
  • Kate Swaine: Intellectual Property
  • Martin Chitty: Employment
  • Richard Black: Pensions
  • Stephen Kenny: Energy, Project Finance and PFI

Next Generation Partners


  • Catherine Naylor: Commercial Litigation – Mid-market
  • Elizabeth Williams*: Infrastructure – Project Finance and Development
  • James Stanier*: Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
  • John Coldham: Intellectual Property – Trademarks, Copyright & Design
  • Nick Mumby: Commercial Property – Development
  • Samuel Beighton: EU and Competition

West Midlands

  • Christopher Stiles: Pensions
  • Dominic Richardson*: Energy, Project Finance & PFI, and Transport
  • Elizabeth Williams*: Energy, Project Finance and PFI
  • Gemma Whittaker: Construction
  • James Stanier*: Energy, Project Finance and PFI
  • Matthew Walker: Commercial Property – Birmingham
  • Navin Prabhakar: Banking & Finance
  • Rob Bridgman: Property Litigation
  • Sarah Riding: Corporate & Commercial – Birmingham

Rising Stars


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

West Midlands

  • Angela Rawlins: Banking & Finance
  • Arminder Dhillon: Commercial Property – Birmingham
  • Gemma Courtenay: Social Housing
  • Michael Carter: Intellectual Property
  • Michael Hafen: Health & Safety
  • Sally Farrall: Social Housing

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • James Lawson: Commercial Property: Leeds and West Yorkshire – North Yorkshire

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