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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
Osborne Clarke’s head of real estate, Nadine Strahl, picked up the trophy. Strahl said: "We were totally surprised and very pleased. This is the first time OC property team has had this recognition. We always knew it was a high profile project but the competition was with some very decent law firms."
Strahl advised operator Eurostar, while a system of Chinese walls between the firm’s London and Bristol offices allowed her colleague, partner Ian Wilkinson, to lead a team advising developer London & Continental.
The pair advised on the retail leases, media and IP agreements and construction contracts and managed the relocation of Eurostar from Waterloo to St.Pancras.
The teams particularly impressed the judges for their “impressive project management skills”, including managing varying stakeholder interests with sensitivity.
In second place was Pinsent Masons, in recognition of work including David Meecham and Andrew Yates advice to English Partnerships on the First Time Buyer’s Initiative - the government’s first shared equity housing scheme of its kind.
Third place went to Eversheds, which advised investor Qatar National Bank on the Shard of Glass project at a late stage and helped save the project from credit crunch-related setback through sophisticated restructuring of the financing.
For the law firm, in-house lawyer, management team, employment team and litigation team of the year awards click here, for barrister and chambers of the year click here, for the international firms of the year click here and for the real estate winners click here.