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Allen & Overy, which made only three appearances between October 1999 and July 2000, is not even ranked.
The results raises questions as to whether the magic circle firms can continue to build a reputation for litigation on the back of their corporate and banking departments.
Herbert Smith and Lovells, which are ranked first and third respectively, confirm the success of their stand-alone litigation departments and add weight to the theory that some magic circle firms have misjudged the game.
This, though, is hardly surprising considering that insurance is one of the biggest areas of litigation. In fact, most of the big insurance firms make an appearance on the table, which makes the absence of Clyde & Co all the more conspicuous.
Finally, the survey reveals the rise of DLA and Pinsent Curtis Biddle. Neither firm is well known for their litigation practices, but both appear to be making their mark.
For the full story, see The Lawyer Court of Appeal 2000 survey on p24