Chambers & Partners, an independent editorial and research team, recently issued the latest editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe guides revealing their 2015 rankings. Sorainen has increased its rankings in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus in the Chambers Europe rankings. Altogether the firm’s practices this year have collected an impressive number of 20 first band rankings. Chambers Global has yet again confirmed Sorainen Lithuania’s ranking as a first band adviser in all categories, now for the sixth year in a row.

The Chambers Europe guide covers 52 jurisdictions and focuses on law firms that operate across the continent in the Banking & Finance, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate/Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Energy, Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Tax practice areas.

The Sorainen Banking and Finance team confirmed their 1st band rankings in all four countries for the second year in a row. Furthermore, 1st band recognition was won by all Sorainen teams in countries researched in Employment (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), Energy (Estonia, Lithuania), Real Estate (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and Tax (Latvia, Lithuania).

Chambers Europe identifies client quotes highlighting Sorainen strengths, eg:

“The firm’s performance is perfect; the lawyers are smart and quick to act.”

“Sorainen has a strong understanding of the practice area as well as huge practical experience and academic knowledge.”

“The lawyers always provide straightforward and sensible advice that doesn’t require tailoring; it shows awareness of the greater EU market, not just one jurisdiction. This is the firm in the region that really stands out for me.”

“The lawyers are always on time and their advice is to the point.”

Sorainen Leading Firm title and top band position is also maintained thanks to service excellence in Competition/Antitrust (Estonia), Corporate/Commercial (Estonia, Lithuania), Dispute Resolution (Latvia, Lithuania) and Intellectual Property.

“Our visibility in advising on large transactions and important court cases, which have influenced the practice of national courts while fully utilizing the strength of our integrated team in four countries has been well noticed by the independent researchers” notes Aku Sorainen, senior partner.

“We are very happy with the positive reference and the team considers this recognition as a commitment to continue meeting the sophistication expected from our work.”

Meantime, Chambers Global ranks firms with truly international Dispute Resolution and Corporate/Commercial practices. Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best.

The Sorainen Dispute Resolution Practice in Lithuania headed by partner Kęstutis Švirinas has been continuously ranked in the first band since 2006 when the practice area was researched by the directory for the first time. Sorainen`s  Corporate/Commercial Practice in Lithuania has been continuously recognised as a 1st band adviser by the directory since 2010 with the most praise going to partners Laimonas SkibarkaAlgirdas PekšysSergej Butov and Kęstutis Adamonis, all of whom actively contribute to the success of the Practice.

Rankings are based on client and competitor feedback, practical experience submitted by law firms and the legal directory’s own database resources. Qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, value for money, prompt delivery and other qualities most valued by the client. Rankings are independent and objective.

The directories, published since 1999, offer worldwide coverage, every year identifying and ranking top practitioners and law firms with leading international practices in over 180 countries.