Herbert Smith Freehills partners Lisa McLaughlin and Stephen Wisking have been recognised in this year's Hot 100 – a list of the crème de la crème of the legal profession compiled by The Lawyer magazine.
Now in its 19th year, the annual report identifies rising stars making their mark together with established individuals delivering what The Lawyer describes as noteworthy and challenging work. Those included in the Hot 100 are also depicted as the most sought after names who are transforming how companies conduct their business.
Previously commended for her outstanding management and leadership by the Institute of Directors, Lisa McLaughlin is managing partner for the firm's Belfast office, and has particular responsibility for ALT's Transactional (Corporate, Real Estate and Finance) teams across the UK and EMEA. Instrumental in establishing the Belfast office in 2011 – the first UK-based nearshore operation launched by an international law firm, and ALT's first "hub" – Lisa is praised by The Lawyer for putting Belfast on the map for legal services. Her delivery of a seamless, integrated service and sustainable growth is also recognised, with The Lawyer citing Lisa's commitment to people, and to building positive culture, as playing a key role in the Belfast office's 17 percent year on year growth.
Having spent the past six years leading and building Herbert Smith Freehills' advisory and contentious antitrust offering, The Lawyer highlights several major mandates that Stephen Wisking has – and is – working on. It highlights how much of his attention is focused on class actions and the technology sector, with The Lawyer noting that, under his leadership, Herbert Smith Freehills' competition, regulation and trade practice is one to watch.
The Lawyers's Hot 100 list is compiled following extensive research into candidates' client work, their leadership and how they contribute to the development of the legal profession as a whole. The latest iteration can be viewed here.