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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame IconThe Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. The criteria for entry in EMEA is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years. These partners are highlighted throughout the editorial.
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The Legal 500 Europe

Mike Nash  Senior Editor, EMEA, Legal 500 Profile Photo (top) and Ella Marshall Editor, CEE/CIS, Legal 500 Profile Photo (bottom)


Welcome to The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Since 1991, we have been providing readers with an annually updated, impartial, third-party opinion on the leading law firms and lawyers in countries across the region, and the coverage extends to the Caucasus and Central Asia. Current rankings and information online are taken from The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2019 edition, which was published on 10 April 2019.

The EMEA guide provides researched coverage of 85 countries and over 2,700 ranked law firms. Law firms pay nothing to participate and so we are free to make ranking decisions on merit alone.

Our research is conducted annually, providing a detailed qualitative assessment of various factors including work conducted by law firms over the past 12 months and historically; experience and depth of teams; specialisms and ancillary services; and, importantly, opinions of law firms’ clients – each year, The Legal 500 series contacts over 300,000 clients globally to obtain feedback on which law firms meet the criteria required by today's in-house counsel and business leaders, wherever in the world their work takes them. All of this is used to benchmark each law firm versus competitors in the practice area in question.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 Launch date

The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 edition is now live.

What's new?

We have added several new practice areas across numerous different countries, including white-collar crime in Russia and insurance in Belgium.

Upcoming research

The EMEA 2020 research schedule and guidelines will be available in early May 2019, with research taking place in autumn (fall) 2019.

Feedback or queries

If you have queries regarding The Legal 500 series, please visit our FAQ page Suggestions for new legal market coverage desired by our readers should be sent to

Ella Marshall
Editor – The Legal 500 EMEA

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