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Latest Chambers UK Results Reflect King & Spalding’s Growing Profile and Continued Expansion in the United Kingdom

05 Nov 2012
LONDON, November 5, 2012 — Chambers has released its 2013 guide to the leading law firms in the United Kingdom and it is clear from the results that King & Spalding’s continued emphasis on strengthening and growing its London office is paying off. The firm earned rankings in three practice areas in the 2013 guide, and six of the firm’s lawyers achieved 10 individual recognitions, more than double last year’s total.

King & Spalding’s global disputes practice, which has experienced significant growth over the past year, played a major part in the firm’s improved standing with Chambers UK. The firm achieved its first practice ranking for international arbitration in the United Kingdom, garnering kudos for the practice’s “long-standing expertise in the energy arena.” Tom Sprange and Sarah Walker were identified as leading practitioners in this area and they, along will Jane Player, also established individual dispute-related rankings spanning the general litigation (Player and Walker), mediation (Player) and civil fraud (Sprange) sections of the guide.

King & Spalding’s industry-leading Islamic finance practice was again counted among the best in the United Kingdom. Clients spoke highly of the service they receive and praised the team’s ability to operate “very efficiently between London, Dubai and New York.” In addition, Mike Rainey, who was described as a “very smart lawyer” and “very good in terms of articulating issues,” improved his status in this year’s results.

The firm also retained the energy and natural resources ranking it established last year, with Chambers recognizing the breadth and depth of the practice as well as its particular expertise in oil and gas and LNG matters. The write-up also noted the group’s experience in cross-border transactions, citing King & Spalding’s role in GE Oil & Gas’ approximately USD300 million joint venture with Angolan company GLS Holding. Garry Pegg, who is “respected for his fine reputation in oil and gas work,” was again named a leading lawyer in this area.

Chambers research also indicates that King & Spalding has made progress in developing its London-based corporate practice. William Charnley, whom clients laud for providing “top-quality representation” and as “tenacious in seeing the job home,” was acknowledged in this year’s Chambers UK guide, earning rankings for both his M&A and AIM work.

To view the firm’s Chambers UK 2013 results in full, click here.

To compile the rankings, Chambers UK employed a team of more than 50 full-time researchers who conducted thousands of interviews with law firm clients and lawyers over a 12-month period. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/ astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities valued by clients.

About King & Spalding
Celebrating more than 125 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in 17 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. More information is available at