For the leadership team of a firm with offices in multiple countries that demonstrates how a coherent strategy, inclusive culture, relevant leadership style and effective implementation have helped the business overcome challenges and achieve sustainable, superior returns in its chosen markets and sectors.

2018 winner


Dentons has continued its bold growth and innovation agenda, executing 13 combinations and seven country office openings in just four years. This truly international firm, with 8,800 lawyers in 66 countries, has made integration a core competence and has not rested on its laurels. Innovations from its Nextlaw businesses range from a public affairs referral network to Nextlaw in-House Solutions, providing consulting from former in-House counsel. Clients have endorsed this integrated international offer: the firm now represents 160 of the Fortune 200 and ranks 2nd in the world for client service according to the BTI Client Service A-team survey.

Best Managed International Firm

Jo Caulfield, Brandon Ransley, Jeremy Cohen and Mary Daly (Allied Irish Bank)

2nd place

Watson Farley & Williams

The firm’s joint managing partners’ vision to create a strong and coherent law firm built on deep sector specialism has translated into significantly increased revenues and PEP during a period of heavy investment in people and infrastructure. The firm’s sector focused strategy has created a depth of expertise recognised by client wins and high profile work including Lloyd’s list deal of the year. Innovations include personalised partner and associate dashboards to encourage quality performance and the right behaviour. The firm now boasts more than third of its partners ranked as leaders in their field by Chambers & Partners.