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Data: HFW Top Firm For English Commercial Litigation Over Past Nine Years

31 January 2024

Independent data reveals that HFW handled more commercial litigation in the English Commercial Court than any other law firm over the past nine years.

HFW acted on 74 commercial litigation cases in the Commercial Court between 2015 and 2023 – equivalent to more than one in every 12 cases heard in the Court during that period.

In total, almost 500 law firms acted on commercial litigation in the Commercial Court between those dates. Other than HFW, just 17 had more than 20 cases and only two had more than 50, according to The Lawyer’s Litigation Tracker, which records cases and judgments in English courts.

Rank Law Firm Cases % Share
1 HFW 74 7.9%
2 Clyde & Co 71 7.5%
3 Stephenson Harwood 55 5.8%
4 Reed Smith 46 4.9%
5 Hill Dickinson 36 3.8%
6= Hogan Lovells 32 3.4%
6= Herbert Smith Freehills 32 3.4%
8= Allen & Overy 30 3.2%
8= Norton Rose Fulbright 30 3.2%
10= Mishcon de Reya 28 3%
10= Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 28 3%
12= Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan 27 2.9%
12= Clifford Chance 27 2.9%
14 RPC 23 2.4%
15 Addleshaw Goddard 21 2.2%

Damian Honey and Brian Perrott, Co-Heads of Commercial Disputes, EMEA, HFW:

“We are pleased to see our position as one of the market’s top litigation practices reinforced by independent data. While HFW is best known for its sector focus in aerospace, commodities, construction, energy, insurance, and shipping, we are at our core a disputes firm, with contentious work accounting for around 70% of our entire business globally. We pride ourselves on our experience and expertise as commercial litigators, and frequently appear on behalf of clients in court – in England and around the world.”

HFW has more than 450 disputes lawyers across the Americas, Europe the Middle East, and Asia Pacific, specialising in high-value, complex, multi-party and multi-jurisdictional disputes, with a particular focus on commercial litigation, fraud and asset recovery, insolvency, investigations, and enforcement actions.

The firm has continued to strengthen its global disputes practice with senior hires across its international network, including in Australia and Hong Kong, and launched in the British Virgin Islands in 2022 with the acquisition of a leading disputes team. It is now uniquely positioned among global law firms to assist clients with litigation in every major international disputes hub, including London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and the BVI.

HFW is ranked as one of the UK’s top commercial disputes practices by the Times, which noted that the firm “is regularly instructed on complex and high-value matters”.

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