Find out who came out on top in this year’s Legal 500 league table published today

Ashurst has taken the joint top spot in this year’s league table of best regarded construction law firms.

The Legal 500 ranking, the most in-depth suvey of legal services which is published today, places Ashurst, Berwin Leighton Paisner and Pinsent Masons in the top tier for London-based lawyers. All three were in the top tier in 2009.

Building columnist Ann Minogue became a construction partner at Ashurst in May 2009 after eight years at Linklaters, which fell from tier two to three. Ashurst acted for Westfield on the £4bn Westfield Stratford City retail scheme and worked on Crossrail.

CMS Cameron McKenna, Clifford Chance and Fenwick Elliott were placed in tier two along with five other firms. Three other Building colmnists - Simon Tolson, a partner at Fenwick Elliott, Rupert Choat a construction partner at Cameron McKenna and Daniel Tain, a partner at Pinsent Masons – were given special mention.

Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer, which acted for Brookfield in the £200m Wembley dispute, moved up a division to join the other seven firms in tier two.

The construction league table, which is one of many categoris, is compiled from qualitative research, as opposed to fee income or number of partners, and includes submissions from the law firms themselves as well as input from over 45,000 clients over the previous year.


Legal 500 verdict on the top three


“Ashurst LLP ’s construction team provides ’ sensible and realistic advice”

Berwin Leighton Paisner

“offers ’ good industry knowledge and value for money ’ […] a team that advised the O&M sub-contractor on the £6.2bn M25 widening project, and the group also advised a Kuwaiti contractor in international arbitration.”

Pinsent Masons

“The practice is particularly notable for large infrastructure projects and complex international arbitrations. Recent highlights include acting for the Balfour Beatty/Carillion joint venture on East London Line Project contracts with Transport for London, suppliers, and subcontractors.”


Legal 500: Construction law firms

Tier 1

Ashurst LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP


Tier 2

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

Clifford Chance

Fenwick Elliott LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Herbert Smith LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

Nabarro LLP


Tier 3

Allen & Overy LLP

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Clyde & Co LLP


K&L Gates

Macfarlanes LLP

Norton Rose LLP

Reed Smith

Speechly Bircham LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

White & Case LLP


Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Beachcroft LLP

Bird & Bird LLP

Boodle Hatfield

Burges Salmon LLP Bristol

Davies Arnold Cooper LLP

Denton Wilde Sapte LLP

Dundas & Wilson LLP

Eversheds LLP

Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP

Jones Day


Lawrence Graham LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP

Linklaters LLP

Manches LLP

Maxwell Winward LLP


Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP

SJ Berwin LLP

Slaughter and May

Stephenson Harwood

Wragge & Co LLP


Tier 5

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP

Beale and Company Solicitors LLP

Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bircham Dyson Bell LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP

Corbett & Co International Construction

Lawyers Ltd

Fladgate LLP

Forsters LLP

Glovers Solicitors LLP

Hammonds LLP

Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Maples Teesdale LLP

McGrigors LLP

Simmons & Simmons

Steptoe & Johnson

Travers Smith LLP

Watson Burton LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP

Firms are listed A-Z within tiers