The largest 200 UK law firms of 2018 have been revealed with the publication of The Lawyer UK 200: Top 100 2018.

The full UK 200 ranking for 2017/18 confirms a legal market that remains in rude health, despite growing pressures from a number of increasingly influential competitors such as US firms and alternative providers.

EARLY BIRD: The 2019 edition of The Lawyer UK 200: The Top report is due to be released this month, and an early bird offer is now available.

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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This year’s 200 largest UK-headquartered law firms generated a total revenue of £25.68bn, a rise of almost 10 per cent (9.5) on 2016/17.

It is notable that the total number of fee-earners, qualified lawyers, partners and business services staff all rose by around 5 per cent. In contrast, the total number of equity partners rose by just 0.6 per cent.

This year’s UK 200 has highlighted the increasing influence of US firms and New Law providers on the UK market, with the former detailed in The Lawyer’s first-ever City 50 ranking and the latter analysed in a feature that contains exclusive data on the revenues of some of the best-known New Law providers including LOD, Axiom and Peerpoint.

As The Lawyer reported last week, the full UK 200 also contains eight new firms of which six feature in the lower half of the revenue ranking, The Independents.

The UK’s 100 largest law firms billed a record £24.1bn in 2017/18, the largest revenue ever achieved by the group and a rise of almost 10 per cent on 2016/17.

Below we rank the top 200 law firms in the UK by revenue.

The top 200 UK law firms 2018 by revenue

Rank 2018

Rank 2017

Firm name

Revenue (£m)

1

1

DLA Piper

1,799.5

2

2

Clifford Chance

1,623.0

3

5

Hogan Lovells

1,581.0

4

3

Allen & Overy

1,570.0

5

4

Linklaters

1,523.5

6

7

Norton Rose Fulbright

1,514.0

7

6

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

1,403.0

8

9

CMS

1,138.7

9

8

Herbert Smith Freehills

926.8

10

13

Eversheds Sutherland

721.8

11

10

Ashurst

564.0

12

11

Clyde & Co

551.3

13

12

Slaughter and May*

486.7

14

15

Gowling WLG

455.5

15

14

Pinsent Masons

451.0

16

16

Simmons & Simmons

354.1

17

17

Bird & Bird

337.0

18

19

Taylor Wessing

301.5

19

18

Berwin Leighton Paisner*

277.4

20

24

Addleshaw Goddard

242.0

21

20

Irwin Mitchell

241.8

22

21

Osborne Clarke

239.6

23

23

DWF*

235.0

24

22

DAC Beachcroft

230.0

25

29

Fieldfisher

207.0

26

27

Macfarlanes

201.6

27

32

Kennedys

196.0

28

25

Stephenson Harwood

189.4

29

28

HFW

179.1

30

26

Withers

176.6

31

30

Watson Farley & Williams

162.9

32

31

Mishcon de Reya

161.3

33

33

Charles Russell Speechlys

150.5

34

35

Travers Smith

146.9

35

36

Shoosmiths

128.5

36

39

RPC

112.7

37

44

Mills & Reeve

106.3

38

38

Bond Dickinson

105.0

39

37

BLM

104.7

40

42

Trowers & Hamlins

102.5

41

43

Weightmans

97.1

42

40

Hill Dickinson

96.8

43

46

Burges Salmon

90.0

44

48

Gateley

86.1

45

45

Ince & Co

83.4

46

49

TLT

82.0

47

51

Freeths

78.9

48

53

Penningtons Manches

76.1

49

54

Keoghs*

74.5

50

52

Shakespeare Martineau

73.9

51

50

Blake Morgan

73.3

52

55

Browne Jacobson

73.0

53

56

Brodies

68.6

54

57

Farrer & Co

63.5

55

47

Stewarts

62.4

56

58

Burness Paull

57.6

57

60

Shepherd & Wedderburn

53.5

58

59

Howard Kennedy

53.3

59

61

Fladgate

53.0

60

63

Lewis Silkin

52.9

61

62

Forsters

52.1

62

67

Birketts

48.1

63

65

Clarke Willmott

46.7

64

N/A

Minster Law*

46.0

65

69

Bristows

44.1

66

72

Bevan Brittan

44.0

67

68

Walker Morris

43.7

68

73

Foot Anstey

43.4

=69

66

Dickson Minto*

43.0

=69

71

Winckworth Sherwood

43.0

71

70

Ashfords

42.2

72

76

Kingsley Napley

40.0

73

75

Hugh James*

38.5

74

74

Capsticks

38.3

75

N/A

Leigh Day

38.2

76

79

Michelmores

37.6

77

83

Veale Wasbrough Vizards

36.8

78

77

Ward Hadaway

35.9

79

84

Royds Withy King

35.8

80

91

Harbottle & Lewis

35.5

81

80

Russell-Cooke

34.9

82

82

Knights

34.9

83

81

Wedlake Bell

34.0

84

78

Bircham Dyson Bell

33.7

85

96

JMW

32.5

86

86

Cripps

31.7

87

94

Keystone Law

31.6

88

87

Brabners

31.4

89

95

MW Solicitors

31.3

=90

89

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

30.0

=90

88

Simpson Millar*

30.0

92

85

Thrings

29.5

93

90

Digby Brown*

29.0

94

102

Gordon Dadds

28.5

95

96

DMH Stallard

28.4

96

105

Thorntons

27.5

97

92

Sackers

27.0

98

98

Stevens & Bolton

26.9

99

119

Fletchers

26.8

100

99

Moore Blatch

26.8

101 93 Harper Macleod  26.5
102 103 Boodle Hatfield  26.1
103 109 Wiggin  26.0
104 100 Bates Wells Braithwaite  25.8
105 N/A Joseph Hage Aaronson*  25.2
106 106 Wilkin Chapman  24.9
107 101 Geldards  24.8
108 104 Edwin Coe  24.3
109 107 Payne Hicks Beach  23.4
110 110 Anderson Strathern  22.7
111 107 Turcan Connell*  22.5
112 115 Fox Williams  22.0
113 111 Lester Aldridge  21.8
114 113 Morton Fraser  21.8

115

112

Thomson Snell & Passmore

21.0

116

118

Wright Hassall

20.6

117

114

Langleys

20.4

118

123

Howes Percival

20.1

119

116

Stephensons

19.9

120

117

Stephens Scown

19.7

121

128

Anthony Collins

19.5

122

120

Memery Crystal

19.2

123

122

Ashtons Legal

19.1

124

137

Hodge Jones & Allen

19.0

125

121

Pitmans

18.8

126

126

Collyer Bristow

18.3

127

125

Hewitsons

18.3

128

136

Stone King

17.9

129

124

MacRoberts

17.8

130

126

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

17.5

131

129

Trethowans

17.5

132

134

IBB Solicitors

17.5

133

140

Taylor Vinters

17.3

134

131

TWM

17.2

135

130

Higgs & Sons

17.2

136

138

Lupton Fawcett

16.6

137

141

Lindsays

16.3

138

157

Shulmans

16.3

139

142

Tees Law

16.3

140

150

Express Solicitors

16.2

141

132

Birchall Blackburn Law

16.0

142

139

Gordons

16.0

143

135

Nelsons

15.9

144

132

Rosenblatt

15.9

145

168

Peters & Peters

15.7

146

147

Paris Smith

15.5

=147

160

Cavendish Legal Group

15.0

=147

N/A

Laytons

15.0

=147

145

Teacher Stern

15.0

150

153

Winn Solicitors

14.9

151

144

Fenwick Elliott

14.5

152

175

Clarion

14.5

153

158

Bott & Co

14.4

154

143

Anthony Gold Solicitors

14.4

155

145

Roythornes

14.3

156

164

Wilsons

14.3

157

152

Boyes Turner

14.3

158

160

Barlow Robbins

14.2

159

193

Vardags

14.2

160

154

EMW

14.1

161

149

Kemp Little

14.1

162

186

Coffin Mew

14.0

163

163

DAS Law

14.0

164

154

Sintons

13.8

165

148

Goodman Derrick

13.7

166

156

Napthens

13.5

=167

169

Brachers

13.5

=167

173

Seddons

13.5

169

171

Kuits

13.2

170

184

Flint Bishop

13.1

=171

164

Hamlins

13.0

=171

177

Wallace

13.0

173

151

Keebles

12.9

174

180

Ellisons

12.9

175

170

FBC Manby Bowdler

12.8

176

171

Ramsdens

12.8

177

162

Taylor & Emmet

12.6

178

166

Brethertons

12.5

179

167

ASB law

12.3

=180

178

Gillespie Macandrew

12.0

=180

N/A

Hudgell Solicitors

12.0

182

174

Wrigleys Solicitors

11.9

183

N/A

Chadwick Lawrence

11.8

184

159

Lee & Thompson

11.6

185

175

Hunters

11.6

186

184

Mayo Wynne Baxter

11.6

187

179

Pemberton Greenish

11.6

188

188

Porter Dodson

11.1

189

195

Schofield Sweeney

11.1

190

187

Muckle

11.0

=191

183

Lanyon Bowdler

10.7

=191

190

Simkins

10.7

193

182

Ledingham Chalmers

10.6

194

189

Morrisons Solicitors

10.5

195

191

Mundays

10.5

=196

192

Drydensfairfax Solicitors

10.0

=196

181

Roberts Jackson

10.0

=196

N/A

Stowe Family Law

10.0

199

194

BPE Solicitors

9.8

200

N/A

Druces

9.8