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Linklaters has as many FTSE 100 clients on its books as sector leaders Slaughter and May for only the second time since 2005.
According to the latest data provided by Adviser Rankings, both firms had confirmed client relationships with 30 FTSE 100 companies in the three months from August to November 2013.
Linklaters held steady last quarter, after making a net gain of two in the previous three months (2 September 2013). Meanwhile, Slaughters’ total number of top-flight clients has dropped by one due to oil services client John Wood Group being demoted to the FTSE 250.
However Slaughters maintained its lead in the FTSE 250 table again in the last three months. It increased its total number of clients within that bracket by one to 48, while its closest rival Linklaters also bumped up its total by one to hit 28.
Eversheds was the other big winner in the FTSE 250 table, gaining five new clients to push it from thirteenth to the fifth spot – sandwiched between static Allen & Overy and Pinsent Masons. Its success was partly due to being appointed as legal advisers to the London Stock Exchange Group’s retirement plan.
While the Aim table remained relatively stable, Field Fisher Waterhouse put in a particularly strong performance. During the period, the firm’s roster of Aim clients increased by three – Independent Oil & Gas, Independent Resources and Solid State – to bump it from eighth to fifth position.
The data provided is for the three months ending 6 November 2013.