Post-merger Pinsents retains lead at top of AIM rankings

Pinsent Masons has extended its lead at the top of the rankings of law firms by number of AIM-listed clients, bringing its client count close to 50.

The firm now has 49 AIM clients, up on 46 in July, when data provider Morningstar last published its quarterly rankings.

Memery Crystal, the usual leader until Pinsents grew this year through its merger with McGrigors, gained two clients, with its count now totalling 45.

Lawrence Graham took third place with 40 clients, static on July’s figures, while fourth-placed Carey Olsen’s AIM client count dropped by one to 39.

There were also gains for Norton Rose, which added two clients to give it 32 and move it up one place into seventh, and for Stephenson Harwood, which added one client and remains in ninth place. DLA Piper’s AIM client roster dipped by two to 30, meaning it falls two clients below Norton Rose.

Meanwhile, in the AIM 100 rankings, Herbert Smith Freehills has made a first-time appearance following the merger of the UK legacy firm with Australia’s Freehills, taking on three clients. The AIM 100 table is headed by Watson Farley & Williams on 10 clients, followed by Memery Crystal and Norton Rose on nine.

Herbert Smith’s AIM 100 client additions were Polar Capital Holdings, San Leon Energy and Valiant Petroleum.

Firms by AIM clients
Oct 2012 July 2012 Oct 2012 July 2012
1 1 Pinsent Masons 49 46
2 2 Memery Crystal 45 43
3 3 LG 40 40
4 3 Carey Olsen 39 40
5 5 Fasken Martineau 33 33
6 7 Norton Rose 32 30
7 6 DLA Piper 30 32
7 7 Eversheds 30 30
9 9 Stephenson Harwood 28 27
10 10 Appleby 25 26
10 12 BLP 25 25
10 12 FFW 25 25
13 10 Nabarro 24 26
14 14 Kerman & Co 22 22
14 14 Watson Farley & Williams 22 22
16 18 Gowlings (UK) 21 20
18 18 Cains 20 20
18 Fladgate 20
18 14 Travers Smith 20 22
Firms by AIM 100 clients
1 1 Pinsent Masons 9 8
2 3 Conyers 6 6
2 2 LG 6 7
2 4 Memery Crystal 6 5
5 4 Eversheds 5 5
7 4 Ogier 4 5
7 8 Osborne Clarke 4 4
9 10 Addleshaw Goddard 3 3
9 10 BLP 3 3
9 10 Bird & Bird 3 3
9 Herbert Smith Freehills 3
9 8 Norton Rose 3 4
9 SJ Berwin 3
9 10 Stephenson Harwood 3 3
9 Wragge & Co 3