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Russell McVeagh celebrates new leading rankings in Legal 500 guide

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Published on: January 17, 2020


The Legal 500 has today released its 2020 rankings for the Asia Pacific region, which puts Russell McVeagh in the strongest possible position in a number of practice areas and has seen much of the firm's emerging talent recognised for the first time.

Russell McVeagh has again achieved the highest attainable ranking for Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution, Tax, and Competition Law. Notably, the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) and Restructuring and Insolvency practice groups moved up to the top band this year. The firm also improved its rankings for Transport, Intellectual Property, and Insurance.

A special congratulations to those who received 'Leading Individual' rankings for the first time in their respective fields, including John Powell (Banking and Finance), Joe Windmeyer (Corporate and M&A), Malcolm Crotty (Dispute Resolution), Joe Edwards (Intellectual Property) and Polly Pope (Real Estate and Construction, and Restructuring and Insolvency). Mei Fern Johnson, who is already recognised as a Leading Individual for TMT, this year received the same ranking in Corporate and M&A.

Several of the firm's talented lawyers were also recognised as 'Next Generation Partners' this year, including David Weavers (Banking and Finance), Ben Paterson (Corporate and M&A), Chris Curran (Dispute Resolution), Marika Eastwick-Field (Dispute Resolution) and Liz Blythe (TMT).

Simon Pilkinton gained a 'Rising Star' ranking this year for his expertise in Projects and Resource Management.

A number of Russell McVeagh's lawyers also maintained their 'Leading Individual' title in their respective fields, including Deemple Budhia (Banking and Finance), Guy Lethbridge (Banking and Finance), Troy Pilkington (Competition Law), David Hoare (Corporate and M&A), Dan Jones (Corporate and M&A), Allison Arthur-Young (Environment and Resource Management), Kylie Dunn (Labour & Employment), Ed Crook (Real Estate and Construction), David Butler (Real Estate and Construction), Matt Kersey (Restructuring and Insolvency), Brendan Brown (Tax), Fred Ward (Tax), and Mei Fern Johnson (Technology, Media and Telecommunications). Anna Crosbie also maintained her 'Next Generation Partner' ranking for Real Estate and Construction.

We would like to take the chance to thank our clients for providing feedback on our services, including:

"A highly capable and personable team across all functions and disciplines."

"They are always up-to-date and ready to respond, and they provide exceptional client service and are enjoyable to work with."

"The team is extremely helpful and reliable, and it provides advice in a timely way despite often challenging deadlines."

"The firm has an outstanding team with deep market knowledge and strong insights into regulatory approach and strategy."

"A real key with any engagement is actually getting commitment from the partner you engaged. This team showed excellent senior engagement. The team was able to bring in specialist expertise as needed and in a timely manner."

The Legal 500 is one the world's leading legal directories and provides a snapshot of the most esteemed law firms and lawyers from more than 150 jurisdictions.

The full Asia-Pacific 2020 guide can be found here.