Submissions: the process
Submissions are sets of factual information provided by law firms and lawyers concerning a specific practice area. When used in conjunction with other sources, this information helps us determine whether a firm or individual should be ranked within our guides.
It’s good to know that…
• We will never print or quote directly from a submission, but we will refer to it as a source of factual information about a law firm and its activities.
• The process is free. There is no cost involved in providing us with submissions.
• There is no ''secret formula'' to writing a good submission. We simply want a clear summary of the most significant facts about your practice presented using our template.
• Using our template ensures that we receive all the relevant information we need to compile our rankings, and also provides clear-colour coding to indicate sensitive material.
The referees form
We also require you to supply a list of referees, whom we may interview. A referee is usually a client, although it can be anyone who has good experience and knowledge of your firm over the preceding 12 months.
Interviews with referees are non-attributable and any quotes we publish are anonymous. We take care never to include a quote that will reveal the source.
When submitting your referees, please:
• Include no more than 20 referees per practice area.
• Lawyers from other branches of the firm cannot be submitted as referees.
• Do not alter the referee spreadsheet in any way
To see the locations we cover, please refer to our research schedule.
Our research coverage reflects market conditions in each country. We research the more important practice areas as indicated to us by clients.
If you think we are not covering a significant practice area, please contact the relevant editor.
Practice areas with subdivisions
We often need to subdivide our coverage of a practice area – for example, TMT might be split into Information Technology, Media and Telecommunications.
In such cases we generally prefer firms to make one submission for the whole area, rather than separately for each sub-division, and one list of 20 referees for the practice area as a whole.
If you are unsure, please contact the editor covering the section. (Please note that in Chambers USA, you are often encouraged to submit separately to different subsections. Please contact the Chambers US Editor with specific questions)
You do not need to send us separate submissions for countries covered in Chambers Global if these countries are covered in one of our other guides (UK, USA, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific).
The country submission will be used for both guides.
It is important that the submission contains details of your
• 'Foreign experts'
• 'Foreign desks'
'Foreign Experts' (who will feature strongly in the global guide) are lawyers with specialist expertise in a foreign jurisdiction. They may be dual-qualified, or just have particular knowledge of a jurisdiction other than that in which they are based.
Continent-wide and Global-wide practice areas
Global-wide sections rank firms which have truly international practices.
In many cases, this means firms which have attained rankings in a range of country sections for the relevant practice area, where this is possible. Please only take part in Global-wide and Continent-wide research if this description accords with your firm.
Continent-wide practice areas:
For continent-wide practice areas (as opposed to your country practices) we need separate submissions in addition to the country submissions. Continent-wide submissions should show work which demonstrates your firm's pan-regional capability.
We do not contact referees for Europe-wide unless they are for International Trade/WTO or Regulatory & Public Affairs, for which we encourage both referees and separate submissions – for any questions, please contact the Chambers Europe Editor.
Global-wide practice areas:
Submissions are welcome, and generally recommended in all circumstances. For firms not currently ranked in a section, a submission should always be uploaded if you wish to take part.
The submissions for Global-wide should include the best work and information about the overall team (including heads of department and overall team composition).
Best work means work which shows the firm's global abilities best, including cross-border matters and matters from a variety of jurisdictions.
Client referees are only required:
• For sections which are not common at the country level, such as
o Data Protection
o Climate Change
o Gaming & Gambling
o Legal Process Outsourcing
o Public International Law
o International Private Client
• If the global practice includes significant work in jurisdictions where the practice area is not researched.
Press releases are useful in providing us with continuing information all the year round, keeping our editors and researchers up-to-date on a law position in the market.
Therefore please put us on your mailing list for press releases using firstname.lastname@example.org.
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