LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR: REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

WINNER: A&L Goodbody

Routinely topping the deal tables, A&L Goodbody has had a few extremely strong years, which, coupled with some innovative strategic developments, made the firm stand out for our judges.

In the past year the firm has made inroads into pro bono and corporate social responsibility (CSR) and appointed a dedicated CSR manager in 2012. Since January that year, 70 per cent of lawyers and staff have been involved in a number of projects. The flagship issue of literacy has seen 75 employees help local children with reading and writing in association with an educational development charity. A&L is also giving 15- to 17-year-olds in a local secondary school the chance to take part in a structured work placement programme.

Meanwhile, the firm’s international relationships are developing apace thanks to a secondment programme with firms in China and India. Associates from Chinese and Indian firms spend six months at A&L and its clients and work is now beginning to flow through from this.

A&L has also introduced a number of training initiatives and career development programmes in the past few years. The success of these are shown in the fact it has promoted 16 partners in the past 18 months, all of whom were a product of the partner track programme.

Shortlist

  • Arthur Cox
  • Mason Hayes & Curran
  • Matheson
  • McCann FitzGerald
  • William Fry