Baker McKenzie retained the top spot for the 11th consecutive year in the 2021 Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index, announced today by Acritas, part of Thomson Reuters. DLA Piper remained second on the list and Dentons made the biggest move, up eight spots, from 11th to third. Linklaters moved up four spots to fourth, and Clifford Chance and Hogan Lovells tied for fifth.

The results highlight firms that benefitted from building long-lasting, trusted relationships as clients turned to them for strategic counsel and support. Additionally, firms with a true global presence, along with the capabilities to provide expertise and relationships on the ground locally, were able to strengthen their position in this unique environment.

“2020 was an extremely disruptive year all the way around, and both law firms and corporate clients had to adjust how they worked together,” said Elizabeth Duffy, senior director, Global Client Services at Thomson Reuters. “Corporate legal departments gravitated to their most trusted advisors, leaning on relationships formed over years. And law firms that demonstrated a local presence along with global coverage were able to ensure that they could meet the needs of clients no matter the location.”

A full copy of the Acritas Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index can be downloaded here.