Allen & Overy

Position: Does not feature in the chart but it had three appearances.

Important cases at the Court of Appeal from October 1999-July 2000: Trustor AB v Lindsay James Trevor Smallbone & ors – A&O acted for Trustor to decide whether recovering misappropriated money from third parties reduced the amount for which the defendants are liable to make interim payments.

Percentage contribution of litigation to overall turnover: 10 per cent.

Number of litigation partners: 17 in the UK, although in total 31 are involved in dispute resolution.

Main competitors: Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Linklaters & Alliance and Lovells.

Group head: David Mackie QC.

Group managing partner: Andrew Clark.

Recommended partners: Guy Henderson, Tim House, David Mackie QC and Peter Watson.

Preferred counsel: Elizabeth Gloster QC (One Essex Court) and Iain Milligan QC (20 Essex Street).

Clients: BAE Systems, UBS Warbourg and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Specialist areas: Banking and finance, commercial fraud and crime, construction, defamation, Department of Trade and industry (DTI) enquiries, employment, environmental law, European Union (EU) & competition, IT, intellectual property (IP), product liability, professional negligence, property and shipping and trade sanctions.

A large amount of the firm's litigation practice comes from the banking and financial services area, but it also specialises in IP and fraud.

The litigation department has grown by 40 per cent in the past four years and is expected to continue growing at the same rate. David Mackie QC provides expertise in arbitration and is pushing to do more pleadings in-house.