D&I Highlights from Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021

The 2021 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific is our most comprehensive guide yet. As we continuously enhance our research process in line with the latest technology, sector developments and client needs, we are delighted to now include more in-depth coverage of ranked firms and individuals than ever before.

An important issue we have been addressing is the diversity of our rankings. We have updated the submission document template to include diversity statistics, enabling us to clearly measure the presence of diverse lawyers in each department within a law firm for the first time.

This has been carried out in conjunction with all research teams receiving D&I training and addressing the impact of gendered language in editorial. This is part of an ongoing initiative to enhance our research processes and ensure they are free from unconscious bias.

These changes build on the D&I initiatives we have rolled out across the Asia-Pacific region, including the first ever Chambers Diversity and Inclusion Asia-Pacific Awards in March 2020. It has been fantastic to highlight best practice in many places and we look forward to celebrating those organisations and individuals continuing to trailblaze a path for progress.

As a consequence of this positive action taken by our editorial, D&I and leadership teams, we have seen a 5% increase in female ranked lawyers across the whole Asia-Pacific guide from 2016-2021. Our findings in 2021 show that female practitioners hold 22% of the individual rankings across the guide, when considering all rankings in all practice areas, plus our Asia-Pacific-wide rankings. Our two biggest jurisdictions, China and Australia, both saw a 6% increase in women ranked from 2016-2021, placing them slightly ahead of the curve. These results are positive but we know there remains a long way to go to ensure our rankings are reflective of the diversity of the profession.

Collaborating to collect and track D&I data is essential to making progress in this respect, and particularly for our rankings to reflect the breadth of talent in the legal profession across Asia-Pacific. By working together on this vital movement, together we can achieve this goal.