The Legal 500, the United Kingdom's guide to outstanding lawyers, has again selected WilmerHale as a top-tier law firm in dispute resolution - international arbitration, and highly recommends the firm in nine other categories. In two of the categories, the firm's rankings improved over last year. In the corporate and commercial - financial services (contentious) category, WilmerHale's ranking was elevated two tiers and in crime, fraud and licensing - corporate crime, one tier. The guide also names three lawyers to its "leading individuals" list, and recognizes a total of eight of the firm's London-based lawyers.
In addition to the top-tier and improved rankings, WilmerHale was recognized in:
- corporate and commercial - M&A: mid-market (£50m-£250m);
- corporate and commercial - venture capital;
- crime, fraud and licensing - fraud: white-collar crime;
- dispute resolution - public international law;
- human resources - employee share schemes; and
- transport - aviation.
In addition, for another consecutive year, Partners Gary Born, Steven Finizio and Stephen Pollard were named leading individuals in their respective categories. Pollard was listed in corporate and commercial - financial services and crime, fraud and licensing - corporate crime and fraud categories; and Born and Finizio in dispute resolution - international arbitration.
The below commentary from The Legal 500 UK highlights the WilmerHale lawyers who have been recognized.
Corporate and commercial - Financial services (contentious)
"At WilmerHale, the 'very experienced' and 'highly tactical' Stephen Pollard is the 'go-to-person for individual representations in the context of a regulatory investigation.' Pollard is often 'ably assisted' by Elly Proudlock who has 'an excellent understanding of the regulatory issues.'"
Corporate and commercial - M&A: mid-market
"Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP's three-partner team specializes in cross-border corporate transactions."
Corporate and commercial - Venture capital
"Headed by the 'superb' Joe Pillman, WilmerHale is 'excellent at clean energy and life sciences' matters."
Crime, fraud and licensing - Fraud: corporate crime
"At WilmerHale, 'outstanding all-round lawyer' Stephen Pollard leads a recently established but progressive team which includes Elly Proudlock and Christopher David."
Crime, fraud and licensing - Fraud: white-collar crime
"At WilmerHale, department head Stephen Pollard 's 'perfectionist judgment' is complemented by the 'quiet, confident accuracy' of Elly Proudlock."
Dispute resolution - International arbitration
"WilmerHale offers 'creative solutions.' Gary Born has 'outstanding analytical skills.'"
Dispute resolution - Public international law
"WilmerHale offers an 'outstanding overall performance.'"
Transport - Aviation
"WilmerHale is noted for its regulatory, antitrust, corporate and litigation expertise in the aviation arena. Michael Holter and Duncan Speller are singled out for praise."
The Legal 500 series has become widely regarded as the world's largest independent legal referral guide. Law firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit. Researchers surveyed and interviewed more than 250,000 corporate counsel globally over the course of 12 months. The 2014 edition of The Legal 500 UK can be found on their website.