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Herbert Smith Freehills' industry-leading Alternative Legal Services (ALT) practice has been ranked in Chambers' ALSP Guide 2021 in the following categories:

  • Band 1 in Litigation Services – Global Wide
  • Band 2 in Contract Lifecycle Management – Global Wide

The rankings mark the second time that the firm's ALT practice has been ranked Band 1 for litigation services, and the first time it has been ranked in contract lifecycle management.  ALT previously received a Band 1 ranking for Litigation Services - Global Wide in last year's first-ever Chambers ALSP rankings.

Client feedback in the rankings stated that the ALT practice was: "a very professional and efficient team, with team leaders who are passionate about continuous improvement and adding value."

From innovative beginnings in Belfast that led the market in 2011, the firm has invested in growing deep technical experience in ALT for global disputes for a decade.  The firm's top tier Disputes practice works seamlessly with ALT's legal and eDiscovery teams around the world to deliver a combination of formidable expertise in contentious work with the efficiency and value that an exclusive ALSP offering brings to our clients.

Working closely with partners in the firm's Corporate practice, newly ranked this year, ALT's commercial contract offering includes effective, flexible and tech-enabled solutions which range from supporting on strategic projects and major events, to supporting in-house teams with adjacent business-as-usual workstreams.

ALT Head of Corporate, UK, US and EMEA, Mark Ward said "We are delighted that our fast growing contract offering has received this recognition. Our global corporate team is proud to help clients across a variety of sectors and jurisdictions get the most value out of their commercial contracts with our tailored solutions and continuous process and technology optimisation." 

In the rankings this year, ALT was also ranked Band 2 in Law Firm LPO and Band 3 in Flexible Legal Staffing.

ALT is a fully-integrated and integral part of Herbert Smith Freehills' international network. Using a unique blend of people, process, technology and data, ALT creates transformative solutions to our clients' challenges on a global scale; delivering high-quality, cost-effective and technology-enabled legal services for data-intensive, defined-process legal matters.

Our teams, comprising 350+ lawyers, technologists and legal analysts, are located across eleven hubs: Beijing, Belfast, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, London, Melbourne, New York, Perth, Shanghai and Sydney.

Managing Partner of ALT Libby Jackson MBE said "We are thrilled with the rankings from Chambers this year – what a perfect way to mark ALT's 10th birthday! These results illustrate the wealth of credible expertise and passionate client service that our teams bring to the matters they work on. They also highlight the power of ALT's combined contentious and transactional technical legal expertise, bringing the best of HSF to our clients all around the world."