Arthur Cox tops chart for most practising solicitors in Ireland



Arthur CoxArthur Cox has the highest number of practising solicitors of any Irish law firm, according to new figures from the Law Society of Ireland.

There were 294 solicitors with practising certificates (PCs) at the firm as of 31 December 2018, up by 20 on the same date in 2017.

The Dublin-based firm reclaimed the top spot from A&L Goodbody, who had 292 practising solicitors (down by 1) and had topped the table in 2017.

The new figures, published in the latest edition of the Law Society Gazette, also reveal that the number of practising solicitors in Ireland increased by 4.8 per cent to 2,653 last year.

The full breakdown of law firms is as follows:

Law firm PCs Change
Arthur Cox 294 +20
A&L Goodbody 292 -1
Matheson 285 +17
McCann FitzGerald 278 +31
Mason Hayes & Curran 227 +26
William Fry 211 -9
ByrneWallace 136 +9
Maples and Calder 113 -2
Eversheds Sutherland 104 +1
Ronan Daly Jermyn 101 +6
Beauchamps 85 +6
Dillon Eustace 83 +1
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 78 -8
Eugene F Collins 61 +2
LK Shields 61 +5
Hayes Solicitors 55 +6
Walkers Ireland 53 +6
Philip Lee 49 +5
McDowell Purcell Solicitors 48 +6
Holmes O’Malley Sexton 39 +1

Writing in the Gazette, Ken Murphy, director general of the Law Society, said: “The bragging rights of being the ‘largest firm’ have been passing back and forth between Arthur Cox and A&L Goodbody. The neck-and-neck nature of this contest could be seen starkly in 2016 when each had exactly the same number of practising solicitors (275).

“A&L Goodbody surged ahead in 2017 by a margin of no less than 19, but the Arthur Cox number rebounded strongly in 2018, with the effect that, on 31 December, it was ahead by 294 to 292 – a margin of just two.”



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