Law Firm of the Year 2018 competition results announced: HAVEL & PARTNERS proves to uphold its position as the most successful law firm in the Czech Republic

Prague, 6 November 2018

HAVEL & PARTNERS, the largest Czech-Slovak law firm, has followed up on its success in the years 2015 and 2017 by being awarded the Law Firm of the Year 2018 in the Domestic Law Firm category. In addition to the main award, in this 11th year of the prestigious competition, which is regularly organized by EPRAVO.CZ under the auspices of the Czech Bar Association and the Czech Ministry of Justice, HAVEL & PARTNERS has also won in the Corporate Law and Intellectual Property categories and has placed among the best ranked law firms in other specialised categories. Considering the total number of titles and nominations in all previous years of the Czech and Slovak Law Firm of the Year competition, HAVEL & PARTNERS remains the most successful law firm with the most comprehensive services in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.


“The year 2018 is associated not only with the change of our name to HAVEL & PARTNERS, but also with the redefinition of the strategy of the services we provide, focusing on as many complex legal cases as possible, including solving complex disputes, and also on the development in international transactions. The very fast implementation of this strategy has led to the additional rapid growth of the firm while further enhancing the quality of our services. We are very pleased that for the third time in the last four years we have been awarded the Law Firm of the Year in the Domestic Law Firm category. For this extraordinary success we would like to particularly thank our clients, who engage us with trust to address both their business and private matters. We appreciate not only their trust in us but also our stable team of top colleagues and their extraordinary work commitment that they have maintained throughout the year,” says Jaroslav Havel, managing partner of the firm, on receiving the main award.

The firm has achieved another big success in the Corporate Law category. After the previous seven rankings among the highly recommended law firms in the years 2011–2017, this year HAVEL & PARTNERS has become the winner of this category. This year’s victory underlines the fact that the creation of a unique, dedicated corporate law team, which also provides a comprehensive legal and tax service to private clients, was a courageous and correct decision. Every year, we are involved in the most interesting domestic and cross-border corporate transactions and in the implementation of very private assignments. Clients appreciate our experience, innovation and our top-notch legal and tax team,” says David Neveselý, a partner co-leading the largest and most internationally recognized Czech-Slovak team specialising in corporate law, which is currently comprised of about 70 lawyers.


Our law firm has in its portfolio the largest corporate and private clientele in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, including about 70 of the 500 largest global companies according to Fortune 500, almost 50 companies in the Czech Top 100 ranking, and a third of the richest Czechs and Slovaks. For many years, we have also carried out the largest number of corporate transactions on the Czech market and have been an advisory leader for private clients and family businesses, helping them to set up private (family) holdings, trust funds, etc. 

HAVEL & PARTNERS has also become the Law Firm of the Year 2018 in the Intellectual Property category. Intellectual property law is one of the most important and constantly growing legal specialisations of the firm. The legal team of 15 lawyers led by firmpartner and co-founder Robert Nešpůrek and partner Ivan Rameš is among the largest advisory groups with this specialisation in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. “Successfully building a brand and developing innovative ideas also includes their legal protection. We are very pleased that the know-how we have developed over the years is being sought by more and more clients - whether they are domestic companies expanding abroad, major global corporations or entrepreneurs combating counterfeits. We are delighted that this successful cooperation has been reflected in our victory in the Intellectual Property category,” says Robert Nešpůrek.


In 14 other specialised categories, the firm has been ranked among the highly recommended (top tier) law firms. In the remaining Criminal Law category, law firm SEIFERT A PARTNEŘI, with which HAVEL & PARTNERS exclusively cooperates in the field of criminal law legal advice, ranked among the top rated firms. “These excellent results demonstrate our versatility and the outstanding quality of all our specialised teams. At present, we advise clients in all areas of their business and private lives,” Jaroslav Havel summarizes the comprehensive scope of the firm.

The complete results of the 11th official ranking of Czech law firms, the Law Firm of the Year 2018, were published by the organizer of the competition, EPRAVO.CZ, during an award ceremony held at Žofín Palace in Prague on 5 November 2018. The list of all the awards is also available at:

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