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Overview What are the deadlines for Chambers Canada 2022? How are the submissions process changing for Chambers Canada 2022? Do you have a preferred mechanism for submitting for a single practitioner rather than a group? How are Canadian rankings in the Chambers Global guide prepared? Do we need to submit for partners who are already ranked or should we only submit for unranked partners? What is the best way to include associates in submissions? Will we be penalised for including matters across multiple submissions? Do we have to provide diversity statistics? How does your increased focus on diversity factor into the research process? Are any new practice areas being researched for Chambers Canada 2022? As more workplaces are working remotely due to COVID-19, will referees be contacted differently for Chambers Canada 2022? What is the difference between provincial and nationwide categories? Why do some practice areas have both? Do you interview every firm that submits? How do we find out who the researcher is? What is your best advice for someone new to the world of legal marketing and the Chambers submission process? How do I get more information on our ranking? How important is LGBTQ diversity to Chambers? Can we include over 10 publishable matters as long as we submit 20 total matters? Should multiple matters be listed under a single client, or do you prefer those to be broken out into different matter listings? What should we take into consideration when selecting which matters to feature? Do you give more weight to cross-border matters, example or matters that involve big-name clients? How important is it to see new clients on the client lists? Do you give any preference to publishable matters/client over confidential ones? What is the value of more vs. less referees? In other words, is there value in submitting 20 referees when 10 would suffice?
How does your increased focus on diversity factor into the research process?
Our researchers have recently undergone training on how to raise conversations about diversity in the legal profession across different jurisdictions. In 2022, our team will aim to speak to a 50/50 split of male and female partners when conducting lawyer interviews. In addition, we are seeking to broaden the pool of people we speak to, to include more junior partners on these research calls. Please note that we are only able to speak to a maximum of two partners on any single research call.
In addition, researchers have been trained to identify gendered language and are aiming to receive commentary on both “hard” and “soft” skills, regardless of gender.
Our improved digital tools, such as Chambers Business Intelligence, we can visualise the gender split across our guides better than ever before. As a result, we can identify practice areas or jurisdictions with significant gender divides and ensure that we aim to speak to more female voices in those areas, where possible.
By getting information from a wider cross-section of the market, we are making a push to ensure that our rankings are reflective of the market and that talented lawyers are not being overlooked. We are looking forward to seeing our results improve even further over the next year and await hearing more from you about D&I in the Canadian legal market.
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