Magic circle dominates 2006 Lawyer Awards

Clifford Chance scooped the top prize at The Lawyer Awards last week, winning Law Firm of the Year after a stellar 12 months.

Senior partner Stuart Popham collected the trophy from the evening’s host, impressionist Rory Bremner, at the end of a sparkling event at The Grosvenor House Hotel.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was the other big winner of the night, picking up prizes for Banking/ Restructuring Team of the Year, M&A Team of the Year and Pro Bono Team of the Year.

The magic circle firm was also runner-up in Litigation Team of the Year, just losing out to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, Ernst & Young and the counsel team behind the Equitable Life defence.

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary was named Global Law Firm of the Year and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett was crowned US Firm of the Year.