Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

David Kelly, Regional Editor of the Legal 500, Introduces the 2007 Edition

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

David Kelly, Regional Editor of the Legal 500, Introduces the 2007 Edition

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Byline: David Kelly

WELCOME to the twentieth edition of The Legal 500. First published in 1988, The Legal 500 has developed into the largest and most in-depth survey of the UK legal market. Here we analyse the practices of more than 800 law firms, and more than 150 sets of barristers' chambers.

The Legal 500 is a unique book. There are other surveys of law firms and chambers, but none is researched and written by such a team of experienced and award-winning writers.

Researchers also work on our sister publications Legal Business and The In-House Lawyer, and some also edit other Legalease titles, such a Employment Law Journal, and Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal. Many researchers have years of experience, a valuable quality in an increasingly complex marketplace.

Understanding the firm is only one aspect of the research process.

Ultimately, it is the clients' opinions that matter. In addition to the 3,000 or so references taken up this year, we also rely on our own database of clients, numbering many thousands more in-house counsel and other purchasers of legal services. Our research continues to be endorsed by the Commerce & Industry Group, as recognised by The Law Society.

Over 20,000 copies of the book are distributed free every year, although it is our website (at www.legal500.com) which many clients are now increasingly turning to, with some five million visits each year. We also publish The Asia Pacific Legal 500, The Legal 500 US and The Legal 500 - Europe, Middle East and Africa, covering over 80 different jurisdictions.

Our findings are seen by a huge range of clients, not only international businesses and FTSE companies. In 2006, over 100 local newspapers and trade titles covered The Legal 500's findings, with circulation over 3.6 million, and a readership of more than ten million people.

This book is primarily a reference tool for buyers of legal services. Law firms themselves will also find much here of interest, be it an independent appraisal of their standing in the market, or an insight into the competition.

It is our task to ensure we are delivering topical commentary, so every year we adapt our sections to make sure we are accurately reflecting the market. …

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