Chambers International Capabilities Quadrants

Chambers Global International Capabilities tables provide the most comprehensive and in-depth legal analysis of the very best firms working on multi-jurisdictional and cross-border mandates.

Published on 9 May 2023

What are Quadrants?

Several of our International & Cross-Border Capabilities tables feature our quadrants visualization, which provide a visual representation of the law firms best placed to assist clients in complex international matters.  

These visual representations of law firms are split into 4 squares. A firm`s position in a quadrant often illustrates its strategy and approach when it comes to handling international and cross-border mandates. The visualisation depicts how all the ranked firms in a table fit into the spectrum of different approaches to international work in one place.  

This approach allows the Global International Capabilities team to provide unique insights on ranked law firms, and in turn offer clients an additional view of a law firms strengths.

The data behind Quadrants

The Global Reach measured along the X-axis of a quadrant is a count of how many jurisdictions a law firm has relevant Chambers rankings in. 

The Bench Strength and Breadth score, plotted on the Y-axis, is calculated by identifying the key drivers of international and cross-border work in a jurisdiction, and the strength of each law firm's standing in those specific practice areas. 

By plotting a firms' strength and breadth in one specific jurisdiction against the global reach of its overseas operations, Chambers provides a visual display of the different combinations and advantages each law firm can offer in cross-border matters to those looking to purchase legal services.  

How to utilise the Quadrants

A law firm's approach to international mandates is often illustrated by where they are plotted on the quadrant. 

These are separated out into the following:  

  • Firms that carry out a narrower, more specialised scope of work in the areas being considered or those that excel in a particular niche, gravitate towards the lower left quadrant. 
  • Elite domestic firms that are resourced locally in one country but are experienced internationally gravitate towards the upper left quadrant. 
  • Firms that are commonly chosen for their extensive global presence and typically act for international clients are often featured in the lower right quadrant. 
  • Firms that are able combine global reach and presence with strong practices that are also heavily integrated in the local market, offering significant local resources, gravitate towards the upper right quadrant. 

Our quadrants add to our traditional legal rankings and editorial, further helping law firm clients to make better-informed decisions when it comes to choosing counsel for complex cross-border work.  

Global Jurisdictions covered in Chambers International Capabilities

United Kingdom
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