Baker & McKenzie ranks 1st with in-house lawyers

December 26, 2012 Baker & McKenzie remains the leading legal brand among in-house counsel, according to a new survey by legal researcher Acritas. The firm has held the top spot since 2009, when the survey first began.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy occupy positions two, three, four and six, but challengers to the title include DLA Piper and Norton Rose, both of which have seen significant progress in index rank and value.

The Acritas report said: “The figures reveal that [the magic circle’s] grip is weakening relative to their positions in previous years. This is perhaps due to their greater focus on the largest clients and because of increasing competition. Nevertheless, the magic circle firms compensate for lower favorability levels with their strength in multi-jurisdictional consideration for top-level work.”

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