GQ has been named as the UK's Boutique Employment Law Firm of the Year in the ACQ Awards for the second time.
ACQ, a premier global corporate magazine, launched its awards in 2008 to "celebrate achievement, innovation and brilliance". The awards are made on the basis of public nominations, which this year reached 28,641 in total, and on voting by the magazine's readership.
The ACQ award demonstrates the continuing strength of GQ's position as a fast-growing 'magic-circle boutique'. It follows the January acquisition of specialist employment law firm Camfords and recent hires of Partner Dan Pollard and Associates Natasha Adom and Raoul Parekh from Macfarlanes, Clyde & Co and Baker & McKenzie respectively.
GQ's team of 12 lawyers (six partners and six associates) now rivals and, in many cases, exceeds the employment law capability of the leading full-service City firms.
This ACQ award echoes the external endorsement of GQ's approach by the leading legal directories. Chambers and Partners recently described GQ as "[A] high-profile boutique focused on providing major City clients with top-flight transactional and litigation expertise. Highly praised for its technical excellence and effectiveness." The Legal 500 also recognises GQ as "a superb niche practice".
Jon Gilligan, one of the founding partners of GQ, said "We are delighted to be recognised again by these awards. It reinforces what our clients tell us about our strengths, and how much they like our boutique proposition of commercially-led, risk focused advice."
Commenting on the awards, Jake Robson, Editor in Chief of ACQ, said "We founded the ACQ Law Awards program to empower end users to make smarter, more confident legal decisions. Exceptional individuals, teams and firms across the marketplace represent the very best in their field from around the world and truly deserve the accolade of being an ACQ Law Award Winner."