Matheson has become the premier law business in Eire in phrases of practising solicitor figures, according to new figures revealed by the Law Modern society.

The company, which was the 3rd greatest in the nation concerning 2014 and 2019, leapfrogged its two primary rivals, A&L Goodbody and Arthur Cox, to claim the top rated location for 2020 soon after adding 42 solicitors previous 12 months. The figures display ten Irish companies now have more than 100 solicitors, with six of these utilizing north of 200 and three far more than 300.

Matheson led the rankings on 327 solicitors, followed by A&L Goodbody (320), Arthur Cox (312), McCann Fitzgerald (284), Mason Hayes and Curran (259) and William Fry (207).

The rankings are centered on the number of solicitors with practising certificates, the licence necessary to practise in Ireland, and are printed annually in the Law Modern society Gazette. Most companies in the top 20 added solicitors previous calendar year, despite the upheaval induced by the Covid-19 pandemic.

An intriguing element of the most up-to-date rankings is the absence of London-headquartered Allen & Overy, which ranked seventh in 2019 with 206 solicitors who experienced Irish practising certificates, inspite of not possessing an office in Ireland.

Subsequent a coverage evaluate by the Law Modern society previous year, practising certificates are no extended currently being issued to companies of solicitors who do not have an office, or program to have an business, in the jurisdiction.

The go is also possible to see Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, which had 88 solicitors with Irish practising certificates in 2020, drop off the position desk upcoming calendar year.

A surge in English and Welsh solicitors taking out certificates here in recent a long time was a side-effect of Brexit, with British isles corporations seeking to keep their position in the EU.

Having said that, Law Culture Director Common Ken Murphy reported the phenomenon of significant worldwide law firms, with no institution in Eire, getting out Irish practising certificates has now come to an stop.