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Chambers UK Bar 2023 e-Edition available to download.

Find the top Lawyer and Law Firms across UK Bar 2023 in our e-Edition, now available to download per chapter.

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Watch the webinar on-demand to discover key insights and the results of research into the 2023 guide with an overview from the Chambers UK Bar team.

About the Chambers UK Bar Legal Guide 2023

Welcome to the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2023 – search the legal market’s best chambers and barristers using the search functionality above. 

Chambers UK Bar researches and recommends sets of chambers and individual barristers across the UK using rigorous independent research. Our experienced and dedicated research team conducts thousands of in-depth one-to-one interviews every year with clients, instructing solicitors and barristers to produce our ranking tables, as well as indispensable analysis into the legal market.  

Chambers and Partners provides unparalleled recommendations for those looking to buy legal services in the UK. Our trusted and market leading rankings provide all the information necessary to make an informed decision that can be relied on for when it matters.  

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

To learn more about how we conduct our research and what goes into each stage of our research, please visit our methodology page.  

Chambers UK Bar Guide 2023 Submissions

The research schedule for the 2024 release of the guide is available here.   

Chambers UK Bar Guide 2023: Highlights

New in UK Bar 2023

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Life Sciences Regulatory
Reflecting the first major impact of Brexit on our rankings, the Life Sciences category is new to the UK Bar Guide. Leaving the regulatory jurisdiction of the EU has led to a rise in prominence – and exposure to scrutiny – for UK bodies such as the MHRA, FSA and HSE. Pre-Brexit, the majority of litigation in this field would have been covered in our European Law table. Our interviewees identified the need for a new home for this kind of work, with regulatory decisions concerning pharmaceuticals, foods and other products now made independently of the European authorities.
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Gambling Disputes
This is a section looking at disputes over contested winnings or losses between betting companies and their customers or third parties. This section will recognise those who have expertise in civil litigation involving the gambling industry and who have acquired detailed knowledge of the Gambling Act and the regulatory framework.

Chambers UK Bar Awards 2022

We are delighted to confirm that the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2022 will be held in person once again. The ceremony will take place on 17th November 2022 at Old Billingsgate.

Celebrating the work and success of barristers across the UK, the awards are based on the Chambers UK Bar's research over the past 12 months. Click here for more information or contact Kevin Lloyd to book a table. 

Chambers UK Bar Guide 2023: Summary

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826
Set rankings
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8,919
Individual Rankings
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Up-and-Coming Junior Barrister Rankings

The Chambers UK Bar 2023 research took place between January 2022 and July 2022. 

Over 90 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 in-depth.  

Latest Legal News: Chambers UK Bar

Stars at the Bar 2023
The Chambers UK Bar team present the Stars at the Bar, all of whom have been researched and ranked in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2023.

Personal Injury Legal Insight and Market Analysis
This year, Chambers and Partners has picked up on some interesting market trends in the field of personal injury following the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Chambers UK Bar team share a fascinating look at this area of UK law.

Client Service at the Bar 2023
Discover the sets commended for providing exceptional client service, as researched by the Chambers UK Bar team. 

Changes to the legal profession in light of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022 will change the shape of the UK in many respects. The Chambers UK Bar team share insights into what this means for the legal market.

Premier League footballer Kurt Zouma given community service for kicking his cat
The result of the legal case against the West Ham United footballer is investigated in this article. Discover which Chambers ranked barrister was involved in the case.

High Court rules discharge of untested COVID patients to care homes was unlawful
The Chambers UK Bar team discusses the outcome of the legal case of discharge of untested  COVID patients to care homes and reveal the top barristers, ranked in Chambers, instructed on the case.

Ed Sheeran wins Shape of You copy right legal case
Read about the high court copyright battle between Ed Sheeran and Sami Chokri over the 2017 hit song, Shape of You, and the judge's outcome and discover which of the top UK barristers were instructed on the case for both parties.

Hewlett-Packard successful against Autonomy founder Mike Lynch in one of the UKs biggest civil fraud trials
The Chambers UK Bar team analyses the Hewlett-Packard case against former Autonomy chiefs. Read more about the case and the leading barristers representing both sides.

Victims of Barry Bennell lose claim against Manchester City
The UK Courts have ruled that Manchester City Football Club is not liable for the abuse suffered by the victims of Barry Bennell. Learn more about this case and the leading injury barristers involved.

Chambers UK Bar Award-winning KC secures conviction of Lord Ahmed of Rotherham
A leading criminal barrister has secured the conviction of Lord Ahmed of Rotherham for serious sexual offences. Read more about this case and the leading barristers in the area of criminal law.

New Practice Areas for Chambers UK Bar 2023
In this latest update from the Chambers UK Bar team, we highlight new areas for ranking in the next release of the guide.

UK court rules that Julian Assange can be extradited to the USA
The UK Court has ruled extradition for Julian Assange. Learn more about this case and the leading barristers involved in the case and in the area of extradition.

Gender in the 2022 UK Bar rankings
The Chambers UK Bar team has continued its efforts to recognise and promote female barristers practising across the UK. Learn more about our efforts and the outcome in the 2022 release of the guide.

Two big cases challenge Google
Recently, two cases challenged Google on their handling of consumer data and antitrust/competition violations. Read about these two cases, the barristers involved in them and the Supreme Courts decisions.

Client Service at the Bar 2022
Discover which sets are particularly commended for their provision of quality client service, as researched by the Chambers UK Bar team.

Stars at the Bar 2022
The Stars at the Bar have proved their excellence across a range of practice areas. Read below for details on these top stars. Read more.

Chambers UK Bar releases Group Litigation barrister rankings
Chambers UK Bar 2022 releases new group litigation barrister rankings as claims appear in new areas such as product liability, environmental, employment and shareholder litigation.

Cryptoassets and Cryptocurrencies Legal Insights and Market analysis
At least 11 barristers represent the cryptocurrency practice areas in the UK Bar Guide. Read more about the legal basis of cryptocurrency in the UK and the list of barristers with different expertise that can advise clients on crypto issues.

Chambers UK Bar Research 2022: Key Findings
Research into the guide's findings saw an impressive 32% growth of practice area rankings per set, emerging new chambers, and many new market trends across the UK Bar. Learn more about the UK Bar team's latest research findings.

Chambers UK Bar 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Read the Chambers UK Bar 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Statement for details on our efforts in ensuring diversity is a key factor in our research and submissions process and the subsequent results.  

New Ranking in Chambers UK Bar 2022
Discover which new sectors are included in the 2022 release of the Chambers UK Bar guide and legal rankings, and what these new practice areas cover in our ever-growing coverage of the legal market.

Animal Law Coverage in Chambers UK Bar 2022
Read about the new coverage of this emerging practice area in the 2022 release of the guide and learn what this new section focuses on in relation to rankings and market intelligence.  

Meet the UK Bar Head of Research and Research Managers
The UK Bar Research Team bring a mixture of professional and academic experiences. They produce recommendations on sets of chambers and individual barristers across the United Kingdom. Learn more about how they can assist by reading their biographies in this article.

European Court of Justices 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 KCs 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 kcs 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 Sussexs 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 Chambers Legal Research Team

James Cowdell Chambers UK Bar Editor
James Cowdell
Head of Research
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Sam Williamson Chambers UK Bar Deputy Editor
Sam Williamson
Research Manager
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Cavan Ferguson
Research Manager
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Rebecca Patton
Research Manager
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About our Legal Rankings

Chambers UK Bar recommends sets of chambers and individual barristers across the UK using rigorous independent research. Our experienced and dedicated research team conducts thousands of in-depth interviews with clients, instructing solicitors and barristers in order to draw up and produce our ranking tables, providing the most comprehensive insights and analysis of these ranked chambers and barristers.  

To learn more about how we conduct our research and what goes into each stage of our research, please visit our methodology page.  

Discover the value of being a ranked firm and tips on how to successfully submit for rankings here.

We would like to thank all chambers and barristers that have submitted for UK Bar 2023. We were excited to receive more than 1900 submissions this submission cycle, and we look forward to reaching out to each of your referees during the course of our research. 

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