A&L Goodbody overtakes Arthur Cox as largest law firm
A&L Goodbody has overtaken Arthur Cox as Ireland’s largest law firm by number of practising solicitors, according to new figures from the Law Society of Ireland.
The latest data also shows that there are six Irish law firms with more than 200 practising solicitors for the first time ever.
The numbers are broken down in the latest edition of the Law Society Gazette as follows:
For the first time, the Gazette has also published a list of “Brexit firms” with Irish practising certificates, in which Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP tops the rankings with 86 practising certificates.
It’s followed by Hogan Lovells LLP in second with 22, Pinsent Masons LLP in third with 16, and Shearman & Stirling LLP in fourth with 10.
Writing in the Gazette, Ken Murphy, director general of the Law Society, said: “In a new departure this year, we have published a separate table headed ‘Brexit firms with Irish practising certificates’.
“Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is far ahead of all others. This firm has made clear, however, that it has no intention of establishing in Ireland. Pinsent Masons, in fact, is the only firm on this list known to be in the process of opening an office in this jurisdiction.”