The Legal 500 United Kingdom, is published annually and is the leading directory of law firms in the UK; with over four million users visiting The Legal 500 website each year. The directory is aimed at buyers of legal services, particularly general/corporate counsel.


The directory is researched and written by an experienced team of legal researchers, with the research process involving hundreds of submissions from law firms across the UK. The Legal 500 research team contacts clients listed in submissions for references, and researchers conduct interviews with firms as appropriate.

In the final, published directory, UK law firms are ranked according to location and practice area; leading individuals in each field are also listed. Every firm ranked – and every individual mentioned – in The Legal 500 UK is 'recommended'.

Legal 500 2020 Recommendations:

Practice areaTierRegion
  • Agriculture
  • Commercial Property
  • Family
  • Debt Recovery
East Midlands
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Family
2Yorkshire & Humber
  • Crime
  • Employment
  • Social Housing
East Midlands
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Personal Tax Trust & Probate
  • Property Litigation
East Midlands
  • Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
4East Midlands
  • Wills, Trust and Probate
  • Personal Tax Trust & Probate
4Yorkshire & the Humber