Legal 500 Guide 2016

Posted on 15/9/2016 by Katherine Memery

This morning, the highly-anticipated Legal 500 guide was published, revealing the top law firms from across the region. The report, widely considered as the definitive guide to the legal sector, categorises firms from each sector into different tiers depending on their size, growth and recent achievement.

Realm is delighted to sponsor Greater Manchester Business Week’s coverage of 2016’s guide. The feature, which includes detailed listings of firms from across the North West, can be found on pages 14-21 at this link.

This year’s report was particularly interesting, as it highlighted the impact of both the Northern Powerhouse initiative and the success of the region’s economy. Both of these factors have led to an increasing number of firms opening offices in the North West, more specifically in Manchester.

Our director Duane commented on this year’s list and the significance of the inclusion of practices from across the region:

"The continuing recognition that Manchester-based firms, particularly those that have their headquarters here, receive from the Legal 500 is a testament to their hard work, innovation, and the calibre of their staff.

In the difficult economic conditions of recent years, many of these firms bucked the national trend and experienced healthy growth. As we’ve entered relatively more prosperous times, Manchester’s economy has remained buoyant and this progress has continued. Realm Recruit has played a part in helping a number of these Legal 500 recognised firms realise their aspirations through recruiting the right talent.  

In a highly competitive market, it is the forward-thinking approach of so many Manchester firms and, of course, the quality of their staff that has enabled them to set themselves apart from competitors. Whether it be inventive initiatives, such as JMW’s Barn Door, or unique business models following the onset of the ABS, like gunnercooke, there are examples throughout Manchester of innovation which, when coupled with the right talent, has proven to be very powerful.

Realm helps law firms recruit not just high-calibre talent, but talent that is well-suited to that particular firm. Like many of our clients, we have endeavoured to be innovative in order to ensure a first-class service. Our cutting-edge recruitment platform utilises a range of tools that seek to reduce the risk involved in making a hire. We provide greater accuracy and more certainty and ultimately, more closely match an individual to a firm’s culture, ethos and environment."

At Realm, we’ve always been proud to be part of Manchester’s bustling legal sector, however, this year’s Legal 500 has confirmed the city’s status as one of the country’s key legal hubs. With more and more companies choosing to expand to the region, there’s certainly never been a more exciting time to be a lawyer in the North West.

If you’re looking to take the next step in your legal career, we’re here to help. Using innovative tools and technology, we recruit for roles at all levels across the North West, Yorkshire and the Midlands. Visit our jobs page to check out our latest vacancies.


  • Top tips for Lawyers: Online Interviews
  • Top Tips for Lawyers: cleaning up your online presence
  • Top tips for Lawyers: How to remain productive whilst working from home