Global guides

Global insight from leading lawyers in comparative guides to the law worldwide

About global guides

Our global guides cover all the main business law areas across all the major economies. Global guides are written by leading lawyers and provide high level overviews of key regulatory laws in different jurisdictions.

Each global guide contains:

  • Country Q&As
    Detailed practical overviews of legislation and developments for key jurisdictions, written in Q&A format. The Q&A templates are designed by Practical Law's in-house team of legal experts alongside leading practitioners to ensure the most pertinent topics and issues are addressed.
  • Cross-border analysis articles
    Analysis articles on hot topics and legal trends in specific jurisdictions with a cross-border approach.
  • Country Q&A tool
    Custom tool allowing you to compare the areas of law you’re interested in across the jurisdictions of your choice.

Showcase your expertise

In-house lawyers and private practitioners around the world use Practical Law Global Guides to gain a practical insight into an unfamiliar market or jurisdiction, meaning our authors stand out as the go-to expert in their field.

What’s more, our guides are integrated into Practical Law's innovative and award winning online know-how services, which are accessed by more than 100,000 commercial lawyers around the world, giving your content unrivalled exposure.

Find out more about how you could gain international exposure for you and your firm.

Why write for us

Our reputation depends on producing practical, quality resources our subscribers can rely on. Working with Practical Law on our global guides means that our subscribers know they can rely on you.

We can make sure your article receives valuable traffic. The guides receive around 80,000 chapter views a month, providing you with a highly effective platform to target foreign counsel.

Your article will be professionally edited to ensure our subscribers receive the know-how they need in a concise, accurate and practical style. Guides are published exclusively online, allowing you to update your content when a change occurs.

You will be contributing valuable content alongside leading firms who recognise Practical Law as a marketing channel of choice. Law firms already working with us include:

  • Clifford Chance
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Slaughter and May
  • Allen & Overy
  • Linklaters
  • Carey Olsen
  • Maples and Calder
  • Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co
  • Zhong Lun Law Firm
  • Blakes, Cassels & Graydon
  • Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Bowman Gilfillan
  • Afridi & Angell
  • Kim & Chang
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Gleiss Lutz
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Mattos Filho
  • DLA Piper
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Arnold & Porter
  • Arthur Cox
  • Homburger

Who sees the guides?

More than 7,000 organisations worldwide subscribe to Practical Law's services. This includes 95% of The Lawyer UK Top 200, 86% of The AM Law 100 and 93% of the FTSE 100.

We work hard to make sure the global guides reach the people that matter to you. Guides are:

  • Available to more than 100,000 in-house and private practice lawyers worldwide who subscribe to our online know-how services, generating on average 6.4 million monthly page views.
  • Free to view, generating significant additional traffic from Google and other search engines.
  • Distributed to thousands of lawyers around the world through highly credible syndication partners such as the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).
  • Promoted by e-mail to researched lists of lawyers around the world and via social media to our growing network of more than 14,000 connections.
  • Showcased at global events, including Practical Law flagship conferences and external events run by bodies such as the International Bar Association (IBA).

Companies who viewed our guides in 2013 include:

  • Rolls-Royce
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Barclays
  • Google UK
  • Bank of America
  • Ernst & Young
  • Shell International
  • BNP Paribas
  • Vodafone
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Nike
  • Warner Bros
  • BP
  • Bank of China
  • ExxonMobil
  • China International Capital Corporation
  • AXA
  • Mitsubishi
  • HSBC
  • BlackRock
  • Toyota
  • Nestle
  • Aviva
  • Dell
  • PepsiCo
  • Virgin Media
  • General Electric
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Apple

Our team

Our team of expert editors have experience at some of the world's leading law firms. Our team is particularly skilled at working with lawyers whose first language is not English. They ensure that the process of writing of your article is as straightforward as possible and that your content will resonate with prospective clients.

Rayna Moore

Rayna Moore

  • Head of editorial (multi-jurisdictional guides)
  • I was called to the Bar in July 2005. I joined Practical Law Company in March 2006 as an editor on the multi-jurisdictional guides. I have been Practical Law Global's head of editorial for multi-jurisdictional publications since 2009. I am non-practising.

Mark Ives

Mark Ives

  • Deputy Head of editorial (multi-jurisdictional guides)
  • I am a former solicitor. Having taken a degree in Modern History at St Peter's College Oxford, I trained as a solicitor at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert and qualified in 2001. I worked as a court reporter from the Royal Courts of Justice from 2003 to 2004. I joined Pratical Law in 2005 and am now the deputy head of editorial for multi-jurisdictional guides.

Felix Cardinal

Felix Cardinal

  • Lead editor: Corporate Governance and Directors' Duties; Insurance and Reinsurnance; Public Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Crime, Fraud and Investigations
  • I took a degree in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and an MA at the University of Sussex before undertaking the GDL and LPC. I joined Practical Law as an editor in 2007.

Helen Clarke

Helen Clarke

  • Lead editor: Private Equity and Venture Capital; IP in Business Transactions; Arbitration; Construction and Projects
  • I studied History at the University of Leeds, graduating with a BA (Hons) in 2004. I then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course, before working as a paralegal at a leading healthcare law firm in London. I joined Practical Law as an editor in September 2008.

Stuart Fellows

Stuart Fellows

  • Lead editor: Life Sciences; Corporate Real Estate; Private Acquisitions; Contract Law, Enforcement and Negotiation (coming soon)
  • I am a former solicitor. I read Modern History at Hertford College, Oxford before completing the Common Professional Examination, the Legal Practice Course and the Professional Skills Course at the College of Law, London. I then trained at Linklaters. I qualified into the Real Estate Department at Freshfields and later worked at Devonshires Solicitors in the City of London. I joined Practical Law as a managing editor in 2004.

Vanessa Flatt

Vanessa Flatt

  • Lead editor: Employment and Employee Benefits; Capital Markets; Tax on Transactions
  • I graduated with an LLB (Hons) in Law and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London. I then trained as an editor in legal academic publishing with Old Bailey Press before moving into professional legal publishing. I joined Practical Law as an editor in October 2010.

Adam Hunt

Adam Hunt

  • Lead editor: Employee Share Plans; Investment Funds; Restructuring and Insolvency; Construction and Projects
  • I graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Sussex in 2007. I then worked in the credit and corporate finance training division of Fitch Ratings in London, before completing an LPC at BPP Law School in 2010. I joined Practical Law in 2011.

Vera Jonova

Vera Jonova

  • Lead editor: Competition and Cartel Leniency; Public Procurement; Dispute Resolution; Structured Finance and Securitisation
  • I graduated from Brunel University in 2006 with First Class Honours in Law and was awarded a Masters in International Law at University College London in 2007. I then worked as a corporate lawyer for a Russian company in London before joining Practical Law as an editor in October 2009. I am fluent in Russian and have a good knowledge of French and Latvian.

Alice Makoni

Alice Makoni

  • Lead editor: Finance: Secured Lending; Energy and Natural Resources (coming soon); Establishing a Business in... (coming soon)
  • I graduated with an LLB (Hons) in law from the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 2003. I trained and qualified as a solicitor at Cliffe Dekker (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr). I joined Practical Law in 2012 and work as an editor in the Global team. I am currently a non-practising solicitor.

Guides and their production schedule

Gain international exposure for you and your firm by contributing to one of the global guides listed below. To find out more, complete the 'More information' form on the right-hand side of the page.

Global Agriculture Law April
Energy and Natural Resources April
Investment Funds April
Finance April
International Insolvency May
Capital Markets May
Life Sciences May
Insurance and Reinsurance May
Shareholders' Rights June 
E-commerce June 
International Trade June 
Competition and Cartel Leniency June
Family Law July 
Data Protection July
IP in Business Transactions July
Outsourcing July
Restructuring and Insolvency July
It and Telecommunications August 
Public Mergers and Acquisitions August
Dispute Resolution August
Arbitration August  
Joint Ventures September
Class Actions September
Construction and Projects October
Private Mergers and Acquisitions October
Tax on Transactions October
Corporate Crime, Fraud and Investigations October
Environment November
Corporate Real Estate November
Employment and Employee Benefits November
Employee Share Plans November
Commercialisation of Healthcare December
Distribution and Marketing of Drugs December
Environmental Risks for Major Projects December
Private Anti-trust Litigation December
Diagnostics Regulation December
Pensions December
Establishing a Business in... December
Private Client December
Corporate Governance and Directors' Duties December
Structured Finance and Securitisation December
Doing Business in… December


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- Gary Smith, Senior Associate, Stuarts Walker Hersant, Cayman Islands

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