Top business lawyers ranked for first time

Elizabeth Fournier
A RANKING of the top 100 business lawyers in the UK has been compiled for the first time, with Linklaters’ Charlie Jacobs – the man who helped Glencore come to market and seal its tie up with Xstrata – coming out on top.

The Chambers100, a new list compiled by the legal ranking publisher, includes some of the biggest names in corporate and banking law, including Freshfields’ London managing partner Mark Rawlinson, and Slaughter and May’s head of corporate Nigel Boardman.

The rankings are based on star performers from Chambers’ existing sector-by-sector guides, combined with a points score compiled by canvassing opinion from more than 600 counsel.

Jacobs, who is head of Linklaters’ global mining and metals team, was ranked first in the survey, with WilmerHale’s Gary Born – an international arbitration expert based in Park Lane – taking second place. Michael Francies, managing partner of Weil Gotshal & Manges’ London office and regular counsel to Lion Capital and the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund was third, while Rawlinson at Freshfields was in fourth place and life sciences lawyer Ian Dodds-Smith – who has worked for clients including Bayer, AstraZeneca and Pfizer at Arnold & Porter – coming fifth.

The rest of the top 10 is comprised of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Adam Signy, Linklaters’ Simon Frith, Jason Glover at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and Slaughter and May’s Nigel Boardman and Stephen Cooke at ninth and 10th respectively.

The highest ranked woman on the list is international arbitration lawyer Judith Gill QC at Allen & Overy, at number 11.

Despite having no entrants in the top 10, Clifford Chance came out on top for the total number of laywers in the ranking, with 11 partners making the grade. Allen & Overy was next with nine lawyers, while Freshfields, Linklaters and Slaughter and May had eight each.