London law firms

The Largest Law Firms in the UK – And Where Their Major Competitors Lie in Wait

A ‘Good Health’ tick has been provided to the major UK law firms with the revelation of the the largest 200 UK law firms of 2018 revealed with the publication of The Lawyer UK 200: Top 100 2018.  But there are threats to their continued dominance.

The rankings show that the largest 200 firms based in the UK generated revenues of £25.68bn, a rise of almost 10 per cent (9.5) on 2016/17 year according to the Lawyer rankings.  But the survey also shows that there are threats to their growth ahead, including the continued rise of the US law firms and the growth of New Law firms.

Although the number of fee earners, including partners and qualified lawyers, in the top 200 showed continued growth (at 5 per cent), the number of equity partners in the firms rose only slightly by 0.6 per cent, reflecting the firms’ increased pressure from competitors in the legal market.

But New Law Firms like Axiom, LOD and Peerpoint are among those having an effect on the traditional Big Law firms.

The rankings also carry eight new law firms (the so-called ‘Independents’) with six feature in the lower half of the revenue ranking, The Independents.

Below is the ranking of  the top 200 law firms in the UK by revenue.

The top 200 UK law firms 2018 by revenue

Rank 2018Rank 2017Firm nameRevenue (£m)
11DLA Piper1,799.5
22Clifford Chance1,623.0
35Hogan Lovells1,581.0
43Allen & Overy1,570.0
54Linklaters1,523.5
67Norton Rose Fulbright1,514.0
76Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer1,403.0
89CMS1,138.7
98Herbert Smith Freehills926.8
1013Eversheds Sutherland721.8
1110Ashurst564.0
1211Clyde & Co551.3
1312Slaughter and May*486.7
1415Gowling WLG455.5
1514Pinsent Masons451.0
1616Simmons & Simmons354.1
1717Bird & Bird337.0
1819Taylor Wessing301.5
1918Berwin Leighton Paisner*277.4
2024Addleshaw Goddard242.0
2120Irwin Mitchell241.8
2221Osborne Clarke239.6
2323DWF*235.0
2422DAC Beachcroft230.0
2529Fieldfisher207.0
2627Macfarlanes201.6
2732Kennedys196.0
2825Stephenson Harwood189.4
2928HFW179.1
3026Withers176.6
3130Watson Farley & Williams162.9
3231Mishcon de Reya161.3
3333Charles Russell Speechlys150.5
3435Travers Smith146.9
3536Shoosmiths128.5
3639RPC112.7
3744Mills & Reeve106.3
3838Bond Dickinson105.0
3937BLM104.7
4042Trowers & Hamlins102.5
4143Weightmans97.1
4240Hill Dickinson96.8
4346Burges Salmon90.0
4448Gateley86.1
4545Ince & Co83.4
4649TLT82.0
4751Freeths78.9
4853Penningtons Manches76.1
4954Keoghs*74.5
5052Shakespeare Martineau73.9
5150Blake Morgan73.3
5255Browne Jacobson73.0
5356Brodies68.6
5457Farrer & Co63.5
5547Stewarts62.4
5658Burness Paull57.6
5760Shepherd & Wedderburn53.5
5859Howard Kennedy53.3
5961Fladgate53.0
6063Lewis Silkin52.9
6162Forsters52.1
6267Birketts48.1
6365Clarke Willmott46.7
64N/AMinster Law*46.0
6569Bristows44.1
6672Bevan Brittan44.0
6768Walker Morris43.7
6873Foot Anstey43.4
=6966Dickson Minto*43.0
=6971Winckworth Sherwood43.0
7170Ashfords42.2
7276Kingsley Napley40.0
7375Hugh James*38.5
7474Capsticks38.3
75N/ALeigh Day38.2
7679Michelmores37.6
7783Veale Wasbrough Vizards36.8
7877Ward Hadaway35.9
7984Royds Withy King35.8
8091Harbottle & Lewis35.5
8180Russell-Cooke34.9
8282Knights34.9
8381Wedlake Bell34.0
8478Bircham Dyson Bell33.7
8596JMW32.5
8686Cripps31.7
8794Keystone Law31.6
8887Brabners31.4
8995MW Solicitors31.3
=9089Harrison Clark Rickerbys30.0
=9088Simpson Millar*30.0
9285Thrings29.5
9390Digby Brown*29.0
94102Gordon Dadds28.5
9596DMH Stallard28.4
96105Thorntons27.5
9792Sackers27.0
9898Stevens & Bolton26.9
99119Fletchers26.8
10099Moore Blatch26.8
10193Harper Macleod 26.5
102103Boodle Hatfield 26.1
103109Wiggin 26.0
104100Bates Wells Braithwaite 25.8
105N/AJoseph Hage Aaronson* 25.2
106106Wilkin Chapman 24.9
107101Geldards 24.8
108104Edwin Coe 24.3
109107Payne Hicks Beach 23.4
110110Anderson Strathern 22.7
111107Turcan Connell* 22.5
112115Fox Williams 22.0
113111Lester Aldridge 21.8
114113Morton Fraser 21.8
115112Thomson Snell & Passmore 21.0
116118Wright Hassall 20.6
117114Langleys 20.4
118123Howes Percival 20.1
119116Stephensons 19.9
120117Stephens Scown 19.7
121128Anthony Collins 19.5
122120Memery Crystal 19.2
123122Ashtons Legal 19.1
124136Hodge Jones & Allen 19.0
125121Pitmans 18.8
126126Collyer Bristow 18.3
127125Hewitsons 18.3
128135Stone King 17.9
129124MacRoberts 17.8
130126RadcliffesLeBrasseur* 17.5
131129Trethowans 17.5
132133IBB Solicitors 17.5
133139Taylor Vinters 17.3
134131TWM 17.2
135130Higgs & Sons 17.2
136137Lupton Fawcett 16.6
137140Lindsays 16.3
138157Shulmans 16.3
139141Tees Law 16.3
140150Express Solicitors 16.2
141132Birchall Blackburn Law 16.0
142138Gordons 16.0
143134Nelsons 15.9
144144Rosenblatt 15.8
145168Peters & Peters 15.7
146147Paris Smith 15.5
147160Cavendish Legal Group 15.0
147N/ALaytons* 15.0
147145Teacher Stern 15.0
150153Winn Solicitors 14.9
151143Fenwick Elliott 14.5
152175Clarion 14.5
153158Bott & Co 14.4
154142Anthony Gold Solicitors 14.4
155145Roythornes 14.3
156164Wilsons 14.3
157152Boyes Turner 14.3
158193Vardags 14.2
159154EMW 14.1
160149Kemp Little 14.1
161186Coffin Mew 14.0
162163DAS Law 14.0
163154Sintons 13.8
164148Goodman Derrick 13.7
165156Napthens 13.5
166169Brachers 13.5
166173Seddons 13.5
168171Kuits 13.2
169160Barlow Robbins 13.1
169184Flint Bishop 13.1
169177Wallace 13.1
172164Hamlins 13.0
173151Keebles 12.9
174180Ellisons 12.9
175170FBC Manby Bowdler 12.8
176171Ramsdens 12.8
177162Taylor & Emmet 12.6
178166Brethertons* 12.5
179167ASB law 12.3
180178Gillespie Macandrew 12.0
180N/AHudgell Solicitors* 12.0
182174Wrigleys Solicitors 11.9
183N/AChadwick Lawrence 11.8
184159Lee & Thompson 11.6
185175Hunters 11.6
186184Mayo Wynne Baxter 11.6
187179Pemberton Greenish 11.6
188188Porter Dodson 11.1
189195Schofield Sweeney 11.1
190187Muckle 11.0
191183Lanyon Bowdler 10.7
191190Simkins 10.7
193182Ledingham Chalmers 10.6
194189Morrisons Solicitors 10.5
195191Mundays 10.5
196192Drydensfairfax Solicitors* 10.0
196181Roberts Jackson* 10.0
196N/AStowe Family Law* 10.0
199194BPE Solicitors 9.8
200N/ADruces 9.8

This article was updated on October 15 2018 to reflect the new rankings in The L

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