The full 2019 financial rankings of the UK’s top 200 law firms have been revealed in the latest The Lawyer UK 200 report.

Brexit uncertainties and fears of a coming recession continue to weigh on the UK economy, but well-hedged and well-managed law firms are in good shape to benefit from new opportunities, suggests The Lawyer‘s latest research into the business health of the UK’s top law firms.

Many lawyers like to put an upbeat spin on events, with the phrase ‘cautiously optimistic’ a long-time mantra among more than a few law firm leaders. The astonishing political events in the UK of the past few months have tested that optimism, cautious or otherwise, to the limit.

As this year’s The Lawyer UK 200 report was going to press, the political turbulence caused by Brexit was reaching unprecedented levels, with Parliament prorogued, the Prime Minister accused of lying to the Queen, and the outcome of a potentially pivotal Supreme Court ruling hotly anticipated. All the while, Brexit’s 31 October deadline clock continued to tick away in the background.

From a business of law perspective, the fact that the UK’s position regarding the EU continues to hang in the balance has created an environment in which deals are being held back or aborted; businesses are jettisoning the country and the City in favour of safer continental harbours; and the pound continues to plummet.

It is in this relentlessly gloomy context that the financial results of several of the UK’s largest law firms during 2018/19 continue to defy gravity.

But the caveat to this apparently barnstorming story is that the growth, and market share, of the UK’s largest firms by revenue has been anything but evenly spread between them. Indeed, an astonishing 91.4 per cent (£24.1bn) of the entire top 100 revenue was generated by the firms in the top half of the ranking. This fact alone speaks volumes about the ongoing fragmented nature of the legal services market.

OUT NOW: The 2019 editions of The Lawyer UK 200: The Top Firms and the UK 200: The Independents are out now.

The legal landscape is changing, with 2019 seeing more variety of legal services providers than at any point in the history of the market. Essential reading for every firm operating in this space and those making moves into this market, the UK 200 includes essential statistics, detailed insight, focused analysis and valuable foresight to help firms strengthen their foothold into 2020 and beyond.

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The top 200 UK law firms 2019 by revenue

Rank 2019 Firm Revenue 2018/19 (£m)
1 DLA Piper logo DLA Piper 1,946.8
2 Clifford Chance logo Clifford Chance 1,693.0
3  Linklaters 1,628.7
4  Allen & Overy 1,627.0
5 Hogan Lovells logo Hogan Lovells 1,596.0
6 Norton Rose Fulbright logo Norton Rose Fulbright 1,501.0
7 Freshfields logo Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 1,472.0
8 CMS logo CMS 1,203.7
9 HSF logo Herbert Smith Freehills 965.7
10  Eversheds Sutherland 895.6
11 BCLP 675.7
12 Ashurst 641.0
13 Clyde & Co 611.0
14 Slaughter and May 501.3
15 Pinsent Masons 482.0
16 Gowling WLG 461.7
17 Simmons & Simmons 374.4
18 Bird & Bird 361.0
19 Womble Bond Dickinson 359.8
20 Taylor Wessing 339.7
21 Addleshaw Goddard 275.4
22 DWF 272.4
23 Osborne Clarke 268.6
24 Irwin Mitchell 263.0
25 DAC Beachcroft 242.7
26 Fieldfisher 242.0
27 Macfarlanes 217.0
28 Kennedys 216.0
29 Stephenson Harwood 213.0
30 Withers 193.2
31 HFW 178.1
32 Mishcon de Reya 177.8
33 Watson Farley & Williams 172.3
34 Travers Smith 162.5
35 Slater and Gordon 155.9
36 Charles Russell Speechlys 154.3
37 Shoosmiths 137.6
38 Mills & Reeve 110.9
39 RPC 108.6
40 BLM 106.4
41 Trowers & Hamlins 105.2
42 Gateley 103.5
43 Weightmans 97.3
44 Burges Salmon 94.6
45 Hill Dickinson 90.5
46 Freeths 89.8
47 TLT 87.6
48 Keoghs 82.0
49 Penningtons Manches 79.5
50 Browne Jacobson 77.6
51 Brodies 76.9
52 Shakespeare Martineau 76.8
53 Blake Morgan 70.0
54 Stewarts 69.1
55 Farrer & Co 68.7
56 Lewis Silkin 59.0
57 Plexus Legal 58.6
58 Burness Paull 58.5
59 Forsters 56.5
60 Howard Kennedy 56.0
61 Shepherd & Wedderburn 55.7
62 Birketts 54.4
63 Fladgate 53.3
64 Knights 52.7
65 Ince 52.6
66 Hugh James 49.5
67 Clarke Willmott 49.4
68 Walker Morris 49.1
69 Foot Anstey 47.2
70 Bevan Brittan 46.0
71 Bristows 45.6
72 Dickson Minto 45.0
73 Ashfords 45.0
74 BDB Pitmans 44.0
75 Winckworth Sherwood 43.2
76 Kingsley Napley 42.8
77 Keystone Law 42.7
78 Capsticks 42.1
79 Veale Wasbrough Vizards 39.5
80 Michelmores 39.1
81 Leigh Day 39.0
82 Harbottle & Lewis 38.5
83 JMW 38.3
84 Ward Hadaway 37.7
85 Royds Withy King 37.6
86 Cripps Pemberton Greenish 36.8
87 Russell-Cooke 35.7
88 Wedlake Bell 35.4
89 Minster Law 35.1
90 Brabners 33.1
91 Devonshires 33.0
92 Digby Brown 32.0
93 Wiggin 31.5
94 Harrison Clark Rickerbys 31.0
94 Sackers 31.0
96 DMH Stallard 30.1
97 Thrings 30.0
98 MW Solicitors 29.5
99 Thorntons 29.5
100 Fletchers 29.4
101 Bates Wells Braithwaite 29.4
102 Harper Macleod 29.0
103 Boodle Hatfield 28.7
104 Stevens & Bolton 28.3
105 Moore Blatch 26.2
106 Wilkin Chapman 25.7
107 Geldards 25.2
108 Payne Hicks Beach 24.6
109 Memery Crystal 24.1
110 Turcan Connell 24.0
111 Edwin Coe 23.7
112 Joseph Hage Aaronson 23.6
113 Gunnercooke 23.3
114 Anderson Strathern 23.0
115 Fox Williams 22.4
116 Thomson Snell & Passmore 22.0
117 Morton Fraser 21.8
118 Wright Hassall 21.3
119 Lester Aldridge 21.3
120 Express Solicitors 21.3
121 Howes Percival 21.1
122 Langleys 20.6
123 Ashtons Legal 20.6
124 Simpson Millar 20.5
125 Anthony Collins 20.2
126 Stephens Scown 20.1
127 Peters & Peters 19.8
128 Stone King 19.8
129 Taylor Vinters 19.4
130 IBB Solicitors 18.9
131 Higgs & Sons 18.7
132 Collyer Bristow 18.7
133 MacRoberts 18.6
134 Vardags 18.6
135 Stephensons 18.3
136 Trethowans 18.1
137 Hewitsons 18.0
138 Fenwick Elliott 18.0
139 Hodge Jones & Allen 17.8
140 Winn Solicitors 17.8
141 Shulmans 17.6
142 Tees Law 17.6
143 Clarion 17.4
144 TWM 17.4
145 Forbes Solicitors 17.2
146 Gordons 17.1
147 Nelsons 17.1
148 RadcliffesLeBrasseur 17.0
149 Paris Smith 17.0
150 DAS Law 16.9
151 Teacher Stern 16.8
152 Bott & Co 16.5
153 Kemp Little 16.5
154 Lindsays 16.4
155 Switalskis 16.1
156 Birchall Blackburn Law 16.0
157 Lupton Fawcett 15.7
158 Boyes Turner 15.5
159 Goodman Derrick 15.3
160 Sintons 15.2
161 Roythornes 15.0
162 Enyo Law 15.0
163 EMW 14.9
164 Ramsdens 14.9
165 Wilsons 14.8
166 Coffin Mew 14.7
167 Brachers 14.7
168 Flint Bishop 14.4
169 Seddons 14.4
170 Anthony Gold Solicitors 14.3
171 Napthens 14.1
172 Ellisons 13.9
173 Laytons 13.5
174 Blacks 13.3
175 Kuits 13.2
176 FBC Manby Bowdler 13.1
177 Barlow Robbins 13.4
178 Gillespie Macandrew 13.0
179 Muckle 13.0
180 Taylor & Emmet 13.0
181 Schofield Sweeney 12.7
182 Hamlins 12.7
183 Chadwick Lawrence 12.7
184 Keebles 12.7
185 Cavendish Legal Group 12.6
186 Sills & Betteridge 12.6
187 Lee & Thompson 12.6
188 Rosenblatt 12.5
189 Wrigleys Solicitors 12.5
190 ASB Law 12.5
191 Brethertons 12.5
192 Wallace 12.2
193 Stowe Family Law 12.1
194 Lanyon Bowdler 12.1
195 Mayo Wynne Baxter 11.8
196 Porter Dodson 11.6
197 Ledingham Chalmers 11.6
198 Hunters 11.5
199 Druces 11.4
200 Morrisons Solicitors 11.1

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