Read this report to:

  1. Ensure your firm hit their 2020 practice area growth objectives, whilst increasing the importance of real estate practice to the firm.
  2. Make better-informed decisions regarding your strategic investment in tech.
  3. Win additional business from more prestigious and profitable clients.
  4. Cherry-pick the best acquisition targets, and decide which new ground to break and how.
  5. Get top-performing international partners and further build your referral network.


The Global Real Estate 50 report 2020 highlights the activities of the world’s leading law firm property practices. It focuses on talent flows, key deals and industry trends globally and particularly in the US, the UK, Continental Europe and Asia-Pacific. 

The aim is to underscore the top firms’ international bench strength and current focus of investment as well as potential challenges and opportunities evidenced by trends in the market.  

This year’s report includes several innovations and new data. Notably, the 2020 report has an in-depth focus on the impact climate change and the environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda is having on the provision of legal services in the property sector. For the first time this also includes an extensive survey of clients in this ESG context, highlighting the growing need for the firms they work with to be aligned with their own values and business drivers. 

The report includes trend data stretching back over four years not only on total headcount patterns but also in relation to lateral hires, partner exits and promotions.  

Also for the first time, this year’s Global Real Estate 50 includes video interviews with some of the market’s leading lawyers for both private practice and in-house. 

And as always, the report includes the latest insights into the technology the top firms are using to optimise their delivery of legal services in the real estate sector. 

Furthermore, the report includes interviews with leading lawyers in some of the world’s top real estate practices, highlighting key individuals and rising stars. It also includes profiles on some of the top practices focusing on strategic developments, key clients and deals, and current areas of focus.