The Lawyer’s new China Elite report contains the most detailed research available on the PRC legal market and contains unparalleled insight into the country's leading law firms. They vary in size, practice focus and geographic coverage, but they all share one common quality – ambition... Read more
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.
Zurich Commercial has finally revealed its streamlined panel after cutting its legal advisers from 100 to just 16 firms.
The 16 that have been retained by Zurich Commercial, which is a combination of merged insurers Eagle Star and Zurich, will be split into three groups.
Those firms on the Zurich Commercial panel only are Davies Arnold Cooper, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Hammond Suddards, Jacksons, James Chapman & Co, AE Wyeth & Co and Dibb Lupton Alsop.
On the Zurich Commercial and Eagle Star Direct panel are North West firm Keogh Ritson, Weightmans, Palser Grossman and Buller Jeffries.
The third group which will provide regional advice are Tughan & Co, Harris Leitch & Logan and Campbell Fitzpatrick in Northern Ireland, while in Scotland, Simpson & Marwick and Gilbert Anderson have been appointed to the panel.
Commenting on the structure of the new panel, Dave Gravell, claims director at Zurich Commercial, says: "Those on the Eagle Star direct panel do not have the volume to handle the commercial side. They have different clients and portfolios".
Gravell adds: "The firms on the commercial side can work across the commercial area."
He says each of the firms has a three-year contract.
One source says the panel selection has been a long drawn-out process, stating: "It has been an arduous tendering exercise but those that have been picked have been picked for their skills.