London Office of the Year: Edwards Wildman Palmer

Winner: Edwards Wildman Palmer

A series of strategic mergers helped Edwards Wildman Palmer stand out in a field in which Baker & McKenzie, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and NCTM also caught the judges’ attention.

Following the combination of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge with Kendall Freeman in 2008, in 2011 the firm went on to merge with Chicago firm Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon.

Combined with a successful lateral hiring strategy in London, the firm’s City office has doubled its client base and revenue (now standing at £25m) since 2008.

With key hires from firms including Addleshaw Goddard, Bird & Bird, CMS Cameron McKenna, Kirkland & Ellis, Nabarro and Wragge & Co, the office has expanded from 60 fee earners in 2008 to more than 90 today.

In February this year, the firm overhauled its leadership structure, with a number of London partners appointed to key leadership roles, including London-based Laurence Harris as deputy managing partner.

A successful programme dubbed ‘Helping Innovators Thrive’ has attracted a number of clients to the London office by offering entrepreneurs the chance to grow their businesses by offering deferred and fixed fee arrangements.

Edwards Wildman Palmer’s London office is actively involved in a number of the firm’s blogs, including its popular anti-corruption and insurance and reinsurance series.

The updates have proved so well read by clients that a number of insurance clients are considering paying a monthly subscription fee for a tailored version of the blog.

The judges also commended the office’s commitment to pro bono and corporate social responsibility.

At the Awards, Garrigues’ London head Ignacio Corbera (pictured) collected the prize on behalf of Edwards Wildman Palmer.