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Law firm shortlists — Legal Cheek Awards 2022

The Legal Cheek Awards 2022 is sponsored by BARBRI. For more information beyond the shortlists please see the Awards homepage.

Best law firm for training 2022

Accutrainee
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Burges Salmon
CMS
Clifford Chance
Dechert
HFW
Hogan Lovells
Linklaters
Macfarlanes
Mayer Brown
Osborne Clarke
Shoosmiths
Slaughter and May
TLT
Travers Smith

Best law firm for quality of work 2022

Accutrainee
Akin Gump
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Fried Frank
Kingsley Napley
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Mills & Reeve
Osborne Clarke
Ropes & Gray
Shoosmiths
Slaughter and May
Vinson & Elkins
Weil Gotshal & Manges
White & Case
Wiggin
Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Best law firm for peer support 2022

Addleshaw Goddard
Bristows
Burges Salmon
Clyde & Co
DLA Piper
Debevoise & Plimpton
Eversheds Sutherland
Forsters
Gowling WLG
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hill Dickinson
RPC
TLT
Taylor Wessing
Travers Smith
Womble Bond Dickinson

Best law firm for partner approachability 2022

BLM
Baker McKenzie
Bird & Bird
Bristows
Dentons
Fieldfisher
Gateley
Pinsent Masons
RPC
Russell-Cooke
Squire Patton Boggs
Taylor Wessing
Travers Smith
Wiggin
Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Withers
Womble Bond Dickinson

Best law firm for work/life balance 2022

BLM
Bristows
DWF Group Plc
Forsters
Gateley
Hill Dickinson
Irwin Mitchell
Kingsley Napley
Mills & Reeve
Russell-Cooke
Shakespeare Martineau
Shoosmiths
Womble Bond Dickinson

Best law firm for legal tech 2022

Addleshaw Goddard
Allen & Overy
Ashurst
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
CMS
Clifford Chance
DLA Piper
DWF Group Plc
Osborne Clarke
Pinsent Masons
Reed Smith
Simmons & Simmons
TLT
Travers Smith
Womble Bond Dickinson

Best law firm for perks 2022

Akin Gump
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Goodwin Procter
Hogan Lovells
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Ropes & Gray
Shearman & Sterling
Sidley Austin
Skadden
Travers Smith
Vinson & Elkins
Weil Gotshal & Manges
White & Case
Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Best law firm office 2022

Ashurst
Bird & Bird
Burges Salmon
Clifford Chance
Cooley
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Gowling WLG
Kirkland & Ellis
Norton Rose Fulbright
Paul Hastings
Reed Smith
Sidley Austin
Vinson & Elkins

Best law firm for WFH 2022

Addleshaw Goddard
Ashurst
CMS
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Fletchers
Goodwin Procter
Hill Dickinson
Milbank
Mills & Reeve
Penningtons Manches Cooper
Shakespeare Martineau
Shoosmiths
Squire Patton Boggs
Sullivan & Cromwell
TLT
Travers Smith
Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Best law firm for eco-friendliness 2022

Addleshaw Goddard
Bird & Bird
Burges Salmon
CMS
Clifford Chance
Hogan Lovells
Norton Rose Fulbright
Osborne Clarke
Penningtons Manches Cooper
Pinsent Masons
Reed Smith
Shoosmiths
Simmons & Simmons
TLT
Taylor Wessing
Travers Smith
Womble Bond Dickinson

Best law firm for international secondments 2022

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Covington & Burling
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Dechert
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
HFW
Jones Day
Watson Farley & Williams
White & Case

Best law firm for client secondments 2022

Bird & Bird
Bristows
CMS
DAC Beachcroft
Dentons
Herbert Smith Freehills
Kennedys
Squire Patton Boggs
Walker Morris
Wiggin

Most admired law firm 2022

Allen & Overy
Bird & Bird
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Mishcon de Reya
Osborne Clarke
Slaughter and May

The Legal Cheek firm of the year 2022

Addleshaw Goddard
Burges Salmon
Clifford Chance
CMS
Osborne Clarke
Shoosmiths
TLT
Travers Smith
Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Womble Bond Dickinson

Best use of social media 2022

City Law Bois (Instagram)
DAC Beachcroft solicitor apprentice Maia Crockford ‘My Legal Career’ (Instagram/TikTok)
Irish employment lawyer Richard Grogan (TikTok)
Jordon Goodman ‘The Legal Northerner’ (Instagram/TikTok)
Trowers & Hamlins trainee solicitor Megan Hulme ‘It’s All Hearsay’ (Instagram)
SD Worx legal counsel Emma Lilley ‘In-house Potter’ (Instagram)
Amelia Platton ‘The Neurodiverse Lawyer’ (Instagram)
Clifford Chance trainee solicitor Liam Porritt (YouTube)
BCLP associate Sophie Shaw ‘Law with Sophie’ (Instagram)
BPP LPC/LLM student Maab Saifeldin (Instagram)

The winner of this category will be decided by an independent judging panel, made up of Tyler Cruickshank (Love Island 2021 finalist, law graduate and Instagram influencer), Chrissie Wolfe (solicitor and YouTube vlogger) and Katie Waissel (former The X Factor contestant, Celebrity Big Brother housemate and law student).

From left to right: Tyler Cruickshank; Chrissie Wolfe; and Katie Waissel

Best Legal Cheek Journal contribution 2022

‘SPACs: What’s all the fuss about?’ by Roisin Blackmore
‘Why the new policing bill threatens our right to protest’ by James Cox
‘#SaveColin or #FreeCuthbert? The case of the caterpillar cakes’ by Sammy Hacklett
‘What the non-fungible token craze means for IP law’ by William Holmes
‘Loot boxes’: Blurring the lines between gaming and gambling?’ by Samuel Jenkins
‘Where is ESG headed?’ by Adam Jordan
‘Johnson & Johnson split: it’s not me, it’s the (pharma) boom’ by Paola Lindo
‘The rise and fall of the European Super League’ by Tanzeel ur Rehman
‘Why the Online Safety Bill doesn’t go far enough’ by Nathan Silver
‘Sustainability or spin? Greenwashing and the law’ by Matthew Unsworth

The winner of this category will be decided by an independent judging panel, made up of Maximilian Hardy (9 Bedford Row barrister, blogger and TV legal consultant), Suella Braverman QC MP (Attorney General for England and Wales), Kate Beioley (Financial Times legal correspondent) and Matthew Scott (Pump Court Chambers barrister and legal affairs commentator).

From left to right: Maximilian Hardy; Suella Braverman QC MP; Kate Beioley; and Matthew Scott

Legal Cheek Campus Ambassador of the Year 2022

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Christina Hajisotiris, University of Leeds
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Asha Kumaari Mohan, University of Bristol
Alexandros Makrides, University of Bristol
Tanya Napolean, University of Bristol
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For more information beyond the shortlists please see the Awards homepage.