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Chambers UK Bar recommends sets of chambers and individual barristers across the UK using rigorous independent research. Our experienced research team conducts thousands of in-depth interviews with clients, instructing solicitors and barristers in order to draw up our ranking tables. Please see our methodology page to find out more about our research.

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The Chambers UK Bar guide is published online annually in October.

Chambers Guide to leading sets
and barristers in the UK

Read our overviews of the leading sets by number of rankings.

Read about the ‘Stars at the Bar who have proved their excellence across a range of practice areas.

Read our ‘Client Service at the Bar’ section. This highlights sets particularly commended for their provision of quality client service.

Read our overviews of Scottish Stables.

Read about the 'Stars at the Scottish Bar'.

Guide Coverage

The Chambers UK Bar 2021 research took place between January 2020 and July 2020.

Over 65 practice areas are featured covering the full spread of public, commercial and criminal law, and barristers' work both domestically and in foreign jurisdictions is investigated.

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New in UK Bar 2021

Rating and Valuation
This section covers litigation and a wide range of advisory work relating to rating and valuation. It includes cases concerning the assessment of rateable values and other valuation disputes, rate collection and enforcement issues and charitable and other reliefs.
International Human Rights Law
This section covers non-domestic human rights work, but particularly involvement in novel cases concerning jurisdictions without established human rights legislation. It recognises the elite human rights barristers who are tackling the most cutting-edge cases worldwide, and who are helping to develop the law in various jurisdictions.
Protest Law
This section covers cases involving the right to protest. Cases considered under this practice area include criminal cases involving protestors who are facing prosecution or sentence, as well as civil matters such as injunctions to prevent occupations, judicial reviews of state actions to prevent protest, or civil claims for protesters who have been wrongly treated by state bodies.

Legal Topics for Chambers UK Bar

European Court of Justice’s key ruling on equal pay
In this Legal Topic, we examine the ruling on an equal pay case and look at the UK employment law barristers involved.

The Arbitration market continues to grow despite a global pandemic
Read about how and where the Arbitration market has seen growth, despite the changes enforced by Covid-19 and discover how the market has adjusted to the remote ways of working.

NHS Trust prosecuted
Following the tragic death of Harry Richford, an NHS Trust pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care and treatment to the newborn. Read more about the case and a look at the acting barristers who worked pro bono.

Barristers win major Supreme Court employment equal pay case
A look at the success for leading QCs who were instructed to challenge Asda over an equal pay claim from female supermarket workers who claimed they were unfairly paid less than male workers for similar work.

Suez Canal blockage
Insightful analysis of the grounding of the container ship EVER GIVEN in the Suez Canal and a look at the QCs and Chambers instructed in the previous major incident.

Top barrister accuses government of mischaracterising findings of the Faulks Review
Learn about why a leading UK barrister challenged the UK Government's reporting of a key inquiry into judicial review and the rule of law.

Meghan Markle takes on the UK tabloid press
We offer a look at the leading defamation lawyers who were instructed to work on the Duchess of Sussex’s case against the Associated Newspapers.

The Supreme Court's verdict on the Shamima Begum Case
Learn about the case in which the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the UK Government and discover which top human rights lawyers were involved in the case.

The impacts of Covid-19 on business interruption policies
In January 2021, the Supreme Court gave its verdict on a landmark case regarding business interruption policies and how they apply to disruption caused by Covid-19. Read the result and find out who the leading barristers on the case were.

Success for the Stansted 15
Protest law is an ever-growing area, as evidenced by the recent case involving the Stansted 15. Read about who they were, why they protested and the outcome of their case.

Leading sets and barristers for and against the government
Discover which leading public law barristers and sets were the most involved in judicial review cases and who were ultimately the most successful.

Meet the Research and Editorial team

James Cowdell Chambers UK Bar Editor
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Eleanor Burt Chambers UK Bar Deputy Editor
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Eleanor Crundwell Chambers UK Bar Deputy Editor
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Sam Williamson Chambers UK Bar Deputy Editor
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Chambers UK Bar 2021 e-Edition available to download.

Find the top Lawyer and Law Firms across UK Bar 2021 in our e-Edition, now available to download per chapter.

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