Eversheds LLP
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
No. of offices 55[1]
No. of lawyers Approximately 1,800[2]
No. of employees Approximately 4,000[2]
Major practice areas General practice, Commercial Practise
Key people

Bryan Hughes
(Chief Executive)

Paul Smith

Alan Murphy
Revenue £382 million (2013/14)
Profit per equity partner £729,000 (2013/14)[4]
Date founded 1988 (by merger)[5]
Company type Limited liability partnership

Eversheds LLP is a British multinational law firm headquartered in London. It is one of the 50 largest law firms in the world measured by revenues.[6] In 2013/14 it achieved total revenues of £382 million, making it the 12th-largest UK-based law firm by this measurement, and profits per equity partner of £729,000.[4][2] It employs around 1,220 lawyers and around 1,745 other staff in 55 offices in major cities across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.[1][2]


1988 to 2000

Eversheds was originally established in 1988 by a four-way merger between Manchester-based Alexander Tatham & Co, Sheffield-based Broomheads & Neals, Norwich-based Daynes Hill & Perks and Birmingham-based Evershed & Tomkinson.[5][7] Later in 1988 the combined firm merged with Newcastle upon Tyne-based Ingledew Botterell Roche & Temperley.[5] In 1989 the firm merged with Cardiff-based Philips & Buck and Nottingham-based Wells & Hind.[5] In 1990 the firm merged with Leeds-based Hepworth & Chadwick.[5] In 1991 the firm merged with Ipswich-based Turner Martin & Symes.[5] In 1992 the firm rebranded all of its member firms with the prefix 'Eversheds', the names of which were shortened to just 'Eversheds' in 1995.[5] Eversheds merged with Bristol-based Holt Philips in 1994 and the London and Brussels offices of Jacques & Lewis in 1995.[5] In May 1996 the insurance, corporate and property groups of London-based Waltons & Morse joined Eversheds.[7] In August 1997 Eversheds merged with Newcastle upon Tyne-based Wilkinson Maughan.[7] In May 1998 Eversheds formed an alliance with Copenhagen-based Sandal Lunoe and acquired the London, Paris, Sofia and Moscow offices of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff.[7] In November 1998 Eversheds merged with Cambridge-based Palmer Wheeldon.[7] In 2000 Eversheds merged with Newcastle upon Tyne-based Linsley & Mortimer and financially integrated all of its UK offices.[5]

2000 to 2010

Eversheds merged the activities of its Bristol and Cardiff offices in 2001 and simultaneously closed the Bristol office.[8] In 2002 Eversheds formed an alliance with Italian firm Piergrossi Villa Bianchini Riccardi.[5] In 2003 Eversheds merged with its associated Copenhagen office and formed an association with Qatari firm Al-Jufairi.[5] In 2004 Eversheds formed an alliance with Malaysian firm Shahrizat Rashid & Lee and associated with Austrian firm Lambert, Hungarian firm Sándor Szegedi Szent-Ivány Komáromi and Spanish firm Lupicinio.[5] Eversheds formed alliances with Swedish firm Andrén Bratt Partners, German firm Heisse Kursawe and Polish firm Wierzbowski i Wspólnicy in 2005.[5] In 2006 Eversheds was granted a licence to open an office in Shanghai, China, formed an association with Irish firm O'Donnell Sweeney and became the first international law firm to be awarded an operating licence in the Qatar Financial Centre in Doha, Qatar.[5] In 2007 Eversheds associated with Czech firm Balcar Polanský, Estonian firm Ots & Co, Latvian firm Baltmane & Bitans and Lithuanian firm Saladzius & Partners.[5] In 2008 Eversheds was granted a licence to operate in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and associated with Netherlands-based Faasen and Partners, South Africa-based Routledge Modise and Switzerland-based Schmid.[5] In September 2008 Eversheds announced that the activities of its Norwich and Cambridge offices would be merged and the Norwich office closed.[9] Eversheds opened offices in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Singapore in 2009.[5] Between 2008 and 2010 Eversheds had four rounds of redundancies and cut a total of around 730 jobs, the largest staff reductions of any UK-based law firm in that period.[10]

2010 to present

In February 2011 Eversheds parted with its Spanish alliance partner Lupicinio Abogados citing strategic differences, and shortly afterwards formed a new alliance with Spanish law firm Nicea Abogados.[11] In May 2011 Eversheds merged with the law consortium KSLG, which comprised Dhabaan & Partners in Saudi Arabia; Khasawneh & Associates in the UAE; and Sanad Law Group in Jordan and Iraq.[12][13] The merger brought an additional seven partners and 30 fee-earners to Eversheds, and added offices in Amman, Baghdad, Dubai and Riyadh.[12] In October 2011 the Romanian firm Lina & Guia joined the Eversheds International network, becoming known as Eversheds Lina & Guia, although not integrating fully into Eversheds LLP.[14] In November 2011 Eversheds' Dublin office, Eversheds O'Donnell Sweeney, re-branded as "Eversheds".[15]

In 2013 Eversheds split from its South African arm, which rebranded to its former name, Routledge Modise.[16]

In December 2013 Eversheds announced a tie up with South African medium-sized law firm, Mahons Attorneys, giving Eversheds bases in Johannesburg, Cape Town and in Mauritius.[17]

On November 29, 2016, it was announced that Eversheds was in late stage merger talks with the U.S. firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.[18] The merger would create the 39th largest firm by revenue globally, and push Eversheds into the top 10 law firms in the UK, where it will rank tenth largest.

Main practice areas

Eversheds' main practice areas include:[19]

  • Antitrust and EU law
  • Banking and finance
  • Clean Energy
  • Commercial
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Construction and engineering
  • Corporate
  • Diversified Industrials
  • Employment and labour law
  • Environment
  • Financial services
  • Food and Drink
  • Fraud and financial crime
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Intellectual property
  • International arbitration
  • Licensing
  • Media
  • Outsourcing and offshoring
  • Pensions
  • Private equity
  • Public procurement
  • Product liability and product recall
  • Project and infrastructure finance
  • Public International Law
  • Real estate
  • Recoveries
  • Restructuring
  • Retail
  • Shipping
  • Tax planning and consultancy

Corporate responsibility

BITC Corporate Responsibility Index 2014 achieved 2.5 star rating including 100% score in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace section.[20]


Eversheds has 55 offices in countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East[1]


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