Dibbs takes top spot in blue chip charts

Dibb Lupton Alsop has for the first time acquired more UK Stock Exchange listed clients than Freshfields, according to the The Company Guide, published by Hemmington Scott.

Dibbs also had the fastest growing clients and the clients with the fastest increasing earnings for the second quarter running.

The firm made a net gain of three new clients in the last quarter (from November to February), bringing its total to 51.5 (counting a joint appointment as 0.5) and pulled ahead of Freshfields with 47 clients.

Overall the firm is at number nine in the table with Slaughter and May at number one, closely followed by Linklaters & Paines and Ashurst Morris Crisp.

In the last quarter, the guide reveals, Clifford Chance gained a net 3.5 clients, including drugs manufacturer Medeva from Stringer Saul.

Linklaters & Paines lost Reuters as a client although Clifford Chance and Freshfields remain advisers to the news and financial information agency. Linklaters also lost East Midlands Electricity following its takeover by DR Investments.

Slaughter and May lost insurance company General Accident, which Clifford Chance continues to advise.