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Herbert Smith Freehills stands unrivalled as the only law firm OR provider of Alternative Legal Services in the world to be recognised in all four categories of the 2022 Chambers Alternative Legal Service Providers Guide.

The firm was ranked:

  • Band 1 in Litigation Services 
  • Band 2 in Contract Lifecycle Management 
  • Band 2 in Law Firm LPO
  • Band 3 in Flexible Legal Staffing

This is the second consecutive year that Herbert Smith Freehills has been the only firm listed in all four categories of the guide. 

Over 10 years on from its initial founding in 2011, ALT is now a fully integrated and integral part of Herbert Smith Freehills' international network, with a team comprising 350+ lawyers, technologists and legal analysts, located across 10 hubs: Beijing, Belfast, Brisbane, Johannesburg, London, Melbourne, New York, Perth, Shanghai and Sydney. 

The ALT team provides a wide range of services – harnessing deep expertise in both contentious work covering claims management and assessment; document review; eDiscovery and non-contentious work covering commercial contracting; due diligence; verification; asset management / stream leasing; transaction support. 

ALT works closely with colleagues across the firm to deliver services to clients and engages clients directly to enhance the work of their in-house legal teams and address their most pressing challenges. These direct engagements have grown substantially over recent years.

This latest recognition from Chambers and Partners highlights the success of ALT's pioneering, multi-disciplinary approach – with growth and evolution always being driven by client need.

ALT Managing Partner, Libby Jackson MBE said: “We are delighted to be ranked, again, across the suite of categories researched by Chambers and Partners in this space, especially when reflecting on the emphasis put on client feedback in the evaluation process. We are grateful to work with clients who entrust us to deliver transformative solutions and problem-solve challenges, on a global scale.

“This recognition places our people firmly alongside process and technology - the cornerstones of our high-quality, cost-effective and technology enabled delivery for our clients. I’m proud to lead a team around the world which has a reputation for being high-performing, diverse, and energised, and I'm proud of the impact they make for our clients." 

Chambers and Partners is an independent research company operating across 200 jurisdictions delivering detailed rankings and insight into the world's leading lawyers. Its rankings are based on assessments of technical legal ability, client service (comprising of speed, responsiveness, clear business language and decisive opinions), the depth of the team, commercial vision and business understanding, diligence and value for money.

Key contacts

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Libby Jackson MBE

Managing Partner, Digital Legal Delivery - Global, London

Libby Jackson MBE
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Lisa McLaughlin

Partner, Legal - Global, Belfast

Lisa McLaughlin
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Sarah d'Oliveyra

Counsel, Melbourne

Sarah d'Oliveyra
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Emily Coghlan

Director, Legal, Melbourne

Emily Coghlan
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姚硕 Lucy Yao

中国区替代性法律服务, Shanghai

姚硕 Lucy Yao
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Lyn Harris

Partner, Legal (Disputes) - UK, US and EMEA and Digital (Legal Technology) - Global, Belfast

Lyn Harris

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