This fun weekly feature links five firms through a common theme, designed to spark your interest in firms and practice areas that you may not have yet come across. If you can think up a category, and select five firms that fit within it, by all means send it in to

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Riggor lawtis

Death becomes them; these five firms are making a killing:

All at sea

This fishy five are linked by an association with the briny depths, the roaring ocean, the Neptunian tides (etc):

Grand slammers

Wimbledon has started and these five firms share names with tennis stars past and present – that’s no backhanded compliment!

Imminent deadlines

These five firms have all set their training contract deadlines before the main cut-off point of 31 July, when dozens of firms stop taking applications:

National treasures

These five are all well-known national firms with offices across the United Kingdom – thanks to Shoosmiths for this one!

Women at the top

These five firms have put their money where their mouths are when it comes to equality at boardroom level – they all have female senior partners/chief executives. Thanks to Abigail Burdiak, solicitor at Shoosmiths for this one!

Check out these ABS

These five are all licensed alternative business structures. Easy as A, B, erm…S.


The names of these five firms evoke the clink of ice in glass and the glug, glug, glug of a well-poured beverage. Enjoy responsibly: