Appleby leads survey in size

Appleby remained the world’s largest offshore law firm by partner number, according to the 2011 The Lawyer Offshore Survey.

The annual offshore survey showed that the 2009 merger with Dickinson Cruickshank as well as the 2010 addition of a four partner team in the Guernsey office has increased the number of Appleby partners to 82.

In a press statement Appleby said the top position reflects Appleby’s aggressive expansion strategy, which has seen their global network increase to 12 offices.

The benefits of the strategy are the increased ability to quickly and efficiently conduct multi-jurisdictional deals, with greater focus on the client’s specific requirements, the firm said.

The survey, which excluded fiduciary lawyers and partners, noted a growth trend within offshore firms, which is likely due to increased demand in emerging markets in particular.

“This survey highlights the growth of the offshore legal sector as a whole – and also shows that the future is bright for our industry,” said Huw Moses, managing partner of the Appleby’s Cayman office, adding that Appleby itself has experienced a period of substantial growth over the past several years.