Ruhr Valley/Westfalen

As Germany’s biggest conurbation, the Ruhr Valley has always been at the heart of industrial expansion. Although high-end instructions often end up in Düsseldorf or Cologne, the large amount of notary work and litigation has allowed a number of midsized firms to develop successfully.

Significant developments:

- Rising cost awareness in legal departments means Mittelstand firms often have the edge over large firms in pitches, while top talent increasingly sees these Ruhr Valley firms as a good place to start a career.