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1982

Founded by Stanley J Berwin with 5 partners in London

1982

1986

The expanding firm moves to 222 Gray's Inn Road.

1986

1990

Brussels office opens.

1990

1995

Firm grows to 350 staff.

1995

1998

  • SJ Berwin wins Competition Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards.
  • Strategic alliance with Frankfurt firm Knopf Tulloch & Partners

1998

1999

SJ Berwin opens in Madrid.

1999

2000

  • SJ Berwin opens Paris office.
  • SJ Berwin wins Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards
  • We open our Munich office.
  • SJ Berwin wins Competition Team of the Year for the second time at the Legal Business Awards.
2000

2002

  • Number of partners exceeds 100.
  • Turnover breaks through the £100m barrier.

2002

2003

  • Named Law Firm of the Year, Western Europe: Private Equity Chambers Global Award.
  • Awarded joint winners of Pro Bono Team of the Year by the Young Solicitors' Group.

2003

2004

2004

2005

  • Awarded Best Achievement in Copyright Practices at The World Leader's European IP Awards
  • Real Estate Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards
  • We obtain LLP status on June 1
  • We launch in Italy
  • SJ Berwin named Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Week Awards

2005

2006

  • Over 1000 staff
  • The London office moves to 10 Queen Street Place
  • The firm was named European Venture Captial Association/Real Deals Law Firm of the Year for the 3rd consecutive year
  • Named Competition Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards
2006

2007

  • Named Corporate Team of the Year - Mid Markets at the Lawyer Awards
  • Named Private Equity Team of the Year at the inaugural Financial News Legal Awards
  • Named Private Equity Law Firm of the Year at the European Venture Capital Journal awards for the fourth successive year
  • Named UK Firm of the Year at Chambers & Partners Global Awards
2007

2008

  • Named Winner of the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards for the International Lawyers for Africa programme
  • Named Best Place to Work at the Esquire Magazine Awards
  • Winner, Pro Bono Team of the Year at the Lawyer Awards
  • Named Overall Law Firm of the Year for France and Legal Advisory Firm of the Year for European M&A by Acquisition Finance
  • Named Britain's Top Employer by the Corporate Research Foundation in association with The Guardian
  • Raised over £85k for our Charity of the Year, Tomorrow's People. Completed a cycle ride from our Paris office to the London office
  • Voted Best LBO Mid-Cap Team of the Year by the French Magazine des Affaires and ranked first in the 2008 Private Equity Magazine tables for mid-cap buyouts and fund formation

2008

2009

  • SJ Berwin opens in Hong Kong
  • Named Real Estate Team of the Year at The Legal Business Awards
  • British Legal Awards: SJ Berwin wins Property Team of the Year
  • FT/mergemarket European M&A Awards - SJ Berwin wins Private Equity Law Firm of the Year
  • SJ Berwin opens in Dubai
  • Nick Anstee, co-head of the Financial Institutions group, elected Lord Mayor of the City of London
  • Named Best Legal Advisor in the Legal Week Client Satisfaction Report 2009
  • The firm raises more than £143,000 for its nominated charity Rwanda Restored, to build and equip a classroom block at Gihogwe High School, Rwanda
  • SJ Berwin opens its third new office in one year in Shanghai

2009

2010

2010

2011

  • SJ Berwin partner Tim Taylor appointed Queen's Counsel
  • SJ Berwin secures a decade as Private Equity International European Law Firm of the Year
  • @sj_berwin sent its first tweet

2011

2012

  • SJ Berwin partner Tim Taylor appointed Queen's Counsel
  • SJ Berwin secures a decade as Private Equity International European Law Firm of the Year
  • @sj_berwin sent its first tweet
  • Awarded UK Natural Resouces Law Firm of the Year by Acquisition International
  • Awarded Law Firm of the Year for Fund Structuring for the second year running by unquote

2012

2013

  • New office opens in Luxembourg
  • Ranked 1st for European Buyouts (by volume) by mergermarket
  • Best onshore Law Firm at the MENA Fund Manager Awards
  • The Lawyer's Hot 100 recognises Head of Finance Jeremy Cross

2013

2014

  • Stephen Kon named in The Lawyer's Hot 100 list of top lawyers for 2014
  • Winners of the best onshore law firm (client services) at the MENA Fund Manager Fund Services Awards 2014
2014