Time for Europe’s independent firms to shine

A couple of weeks ago a group of senior in-house and private practice lawyers gathered around a table at Trowers & Hamlins in London and talked Europe. The group were in the final stages of judging The Lawyer’s European Awards 2014. After sifting through the entries and engaging in some serious debate about their merits, the judges made their decisions and picked the winners.

But you’ll have to wait to find out who they are. Instead, this week we revealed the firms in the running for next February’s awards.

As ever, the quality of the entries was outstanding and several categories were extremely tightly-fought. In particular, it proved impossible to narrow down the entrants for specialist firm of the year – those boutiques focusing on one area – resulting in a seven-firm shortlist.

The finalists include first-time European Awards entrants as well as previous winners, including last year’s European firm of the Year Noerr. Noerr is one of the larger shortlisted firms, but there are plenty of others which, while being well outside the European 100 size-wise, have demonstrated they have the vision and the strategy to grow and thrive in today’s competitive legal market.

The winners will be revealed on 20 February next year, at a suitably glamorous ceremony at London’s Marriott Grosvenor Square. Make sure you’re there.

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