Linklaters and Slaughters play FTSE

According to Adviser Rankings’ data for the last three months, a rare phenomenon is upon us.

According to Adviser Rankings’ data for the last three months, a rare phenomenon is upon us.

For only the second time since the guide began in 2005, Linklaters has come nose to nose with longstanding frontrunner Slaughter and May at the top of the FTSE 100 rankings. During the three months ending on 6 November, both firms were able to boast 30 confirmed FTSE 100 client relationships.

Meanwhile, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer continued to trail in third place with 25 FTSE 100 clients.

It hasn’t always been this way. If you glance back to November 2012, Linklaters and Freshfields shared second place – each with 24 FTSE 100 clients – while Slaughters broke away from the pack with 29.

Slaughters has hardly put in a poor performance over the past three months. Its single FTSE 100 client loss was oil services specialist John Wood Group, which was re-classified into the FTSE 250.

Rather, Linklaters deserves an accolade for increasing its net haul of FTSE 100 clients by six in just one year. New clients include Mondi, Aggreko, Barclays, Prudential, Resolution, RSA Insurance Group and Vedanta Resources.

No doubt Slaughters’ new year resolution will be to remain a step ahead in the FTSE 100 tables in 2014.

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