McDermott’s London Team Recognized for Outstanding Service in The Legal 500 UK 2024 - McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott’s London Team Recognized for Outstanding Service in The Legal 500 UK 2024


LONDON – OCTOBER, 9, 2023 – International law firm McDermott Will & Emery earned its best-ever results in The Legal 500 UK 2024, with 19 practice rankings—an 18% improvement over last year.

McDermott continued to hold its preeminent Tier 2 position in M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, while picking up three new rankings in Finance: Debt Capital Markets (Tier 3); Risk Advisory: Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime (Tier 4); and Projects, Energy and Natural Resources: Power (Firm to Watch). The Firm also moved up the rankings in Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation Mid-Market (Tier 3), Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration (Tier 4), Finance: Acquisition Finance (Tier 5) and Finance: Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency (Tier 5).

Beyond the practice recognitions, seven London partners were recognized on the elite ‘Leading Individuals’ list:



  • M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals (Tier 2)
  • Emerging Markets (Tier 3)
  • Private Equity: Transactions Mid-Market Deals (Tier 3)
  • Finance: Debt Capital Markets (Tier 3)
  • Finance: High Yield (Tier 4)
  • Finance: Acquisition Finance (Tier 5)
  • Finance: Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency (Tier 5)
  • Finance: Bank Lending: Investment Grade Debt and Syndicated Debt Loans (Tier 6)
  • Real Estate: Property Finance (Tier 6)
  • Projects, Energy and Natural Resources: Power (Firm to Watch)

Leading Individuals: Nicholas Azis, Ranajoy Basu, Mark Fennessy, Tom Whelan
Next Generation Partners: Usman Khan, Shah Jahan Khandokar
Rising Stars: Elisa De Carolis

Recommended Lawyers: Alexander Andronikou, Mark Fine, Garrett Hayes, Nicholas Jupp, Victoria Kuhn, Aymen Mahmoud, Vlad Maly, Chris Marshall, Sunay Radia, Marcia Shekerdemian, Priya Taneja, Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan, Giulia Venanzoni, Eleanor West


  • Crime, Fraud and Licensing: Gaming and Betting (Tier 3)
  • Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation Mid-Market (Tier 3)
  • Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration (Tier 4)
  • Risk Advisory: Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime (Tier 4)

Leading Individuals: Simon Airey, Andrew Savage
Rising Stars: Romilly Holland, Kimberley Smith
Recommended Lawyers: Michael Darowski, James Dobias, William Merry, Edward Perkins, Jack Thorne

Private Client:

  • Contentious Trusts and Probate (Tier 3)
  • Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate (Tier 3)

Leading Individuals: Nicholas Holland
Recommended Lawyers: Simon Gibb, Abigail Nott, Astrid B. Owen


  • Industry Focus: Life Sciences and Healthcare (Tier 4)

Rising Stars: David Gibson
Recommended Lawyers: Gary Howes, Sharon Lamb, Hamid Yunis


  • Corporate Tax (Tier 5)

Recommended Lawyers: Kevin Cummings, Sarah Gabbai


• Employment: Employers (Tier 6)

Recommended Lawyers: Katie Clark, Paul McGrath

Read our full ranking results here.


The Legal 500 Series, now in its 37th year, is widely acknowledged as the world’s largest legal referral guide. More than 300,000 buyers of legal services are surveyed and interviewed globally each year. The Legal 500 is an independent guide, and firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit. It is the only guide to truly reflect the needs of corporate counsel by focusing on the strength in depth of the teams (practice and associates) rather than simply listing individual partners.

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