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Submissions for Chambers Europe 2022

Discover which jurisdictions have their submission deadlines for Chambers Europe 2022 approaching and advice on how to successfully submit with answers to the most frequently asked questions on submissions.

Published on 2 August 2021
Written by Marlene Hermann
Marlene Hermann

The Europe guide covers 52 jurisdictions over the course of its 9-month research cycle, highlighting top international and local leading firms and highly respected lawyers. We cover practice areas ranging from Corporate/M&A and International Arbitration to Shipping and Oil & Gas across the entire European continent, including Russia, Germany, France and Ireland, as well as Andorra, Liechtenstein and the Baltics. 

The final deadline for Europe 2022 submissions is 8 September 2021.  

The following jurisdictions have practice area submissions due by the next deadline:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine

Providing the most in-depth and dedicated analysis of the legal market across Europe

Our data visualisations below highlight the continued growth of the Chambers Europe guide since 2008, showing the growth in both the number of submissions and referees received.

The most frequently asked questions on submissions for Chambers Europe

To ensure your firm has all of the information to make a successful submission, please read the FAQs below.

Submission FAQs

What is a submission and why do you need this?

The submission document can be found here. Please select “Submission form (Europe)” from the list on the left-hand side.

The submissions are an opportunity to showcase the firm’s work and key clients over the previous 12 months, and demonstrate the team’s make up.

We need an extension. What is the latest that we can submit?

We do not grant formal extensions. You should aim to upload your referees by the deadline and send in your submission as soon as possible. You do not need to send an e-mail to confirm this with the relevant deputy editor.

What is the time frame for matters?

Matters should have taken place in the previous 12 months prior to submitting.

Can we include matters we’ve listed previously?

Yes. We understand that some matters can take years to conclude. In this case, you can continue to include it, especially if this is a particularly key deal, but please include an update.

The submission is divided into ten publishable and ten confidential matters. Can we submit more confidential than publishable matters?

Yes. It is not necessary to keep the 50:50 ratio of publishable to confidential matters so long as the total number of work highlights does not exceed 20. Furthermore, please maintain the overall template: publishable matters should be on a green background, confidential matters on a red background.

Do you give more importance to publishable deals over confidential ones? What is the best balance between publishable and confidential matters?

No. Confidentiality is there for our publishing and research purposes only. Please give all possible information to help us gauge the significance of confidential deals. Use a generic description if you cannot reveal a client’s name such as ‘a big energy company’ or ‘in a deal valued in millions of EUR’. The ratio of confidential/non-confidential deals can vary in whichever way you prefer as long as the overall number of deals does not exceed 20 and maintain the overall template, i.e. publishable matters should be on a green background, confidential on a red background. We will not look at more than 20 matters per practice area.

Do we need to provide a separate submission for each practice area?

Yes, you must submit a separate submission for each practice area for which you would like to be considered.

Does my submission have to be in English?

Yes, please ensure that your submission is in English.

Work highlight FAQs

What do you expect in the matter highlights? What is the ideal matter highlight? Is the work highlight much more important than the description part of the submission?

Do you need to send 20 matters or less but more consistent is better?

We want to see the new and relevant work for the practice area you wish to apply to. It is better to be consistent and only include relevant work on your submission. The work highlight is the part of the submission that we rely most heavily when making the ranking decision. Please keep your matter description concise and to the point. A well written work highlight has a couple of sentences at the beginning which very factually describe what actually took place and demonstrating what the firm was responsible for. This then would be followed by a more detailed description and explaining the importance of the deal. Where possible, do provide us with information on matter values, opposing counsels and press clippings. You may include key ongoing matters which were in previous submissions, but you should then include a short paragraph about the recent developments that the practice has handled in the last 12 months.

Is it a problem if we don't reveal the matter value even in publishable matters?

Is it necessary to mention the other advisor on the matter?

If only the value of the deal is confidential, can we reference the deal in the non-confidential section and indicate the deal value as confidential?

We ask that you provide us with all the information that you can, including values. We do find that values are particularly useful when assessing transaction-driven practices. However, we do understand that sometimes you will not be able to disclose the value of the matter at hand. If only the value of the deal is confidential, you can include that mandate in the publishable section, clearly marking that value as confidential. We suggest to put [CONFIDENTIAL] next to the deal value.

Will we be penalised if we exceed one page per matter? In the section what sets us apart from a competitor there is a word limit (500 words), do we have to strictly limit to that, is it a problem if we write more?

Please keep your submissions, and more importantly the work highlights, concise and to the point. We will not penalise you should you exceed one page per highlight or indeed go over the 500 words limit in the section B10. However, please be as concise and specific in B10 as you can.

Referees FAQs

We have uploaded our referees. Now what?

The relevant researcher will contact the individual listed as the key point of contact on the submission a few days prior to contacting your referees. Once you receive this e-mail, you are encouraged to remind your referees that they have been put forward and to look out for an e-mail from the researcher.

How quickly do you contact referees after we submit them?

We will generally contact referees within 1-3 months of their being submitted. Sometimes the research schedule does to change and it may be slightly longer.

How do you contact referees?

We send an e-mail to referees detailing who we are and the purpose of getting in touch. If need be, we will send a reminder e-mail about halfway through the research period.

What should we do if a referee hasn't received an email from Chambers during the research process?

If your referees are telling you there has been no contact from Chambers, the first thing is to ask them to check their spam folders. The next step would be contacting the relevant deputy or editor and he/she will check if the contact was made and take it from there. There are a number of reasons why an individual may not have received an e-mail from us. It is possible that this client was contacted within the last three months or the client may have unsubscribed from our emails.

Although this is rare, it is very important for the firm to check if the clients are willing to participate prior to sending in their data. If the client is willing to talk to us again despite being interviewed recently, we ask them to contact the researcher directly. Furthermore, please note that we will only contact 20 clients per firm per area of practice; this means that even if you submit more, we will only contact the first 20.

Is it possible to indicate lawyers from other countries or must referees be clients?

We can accept international lawyers acting as referees. However, you should prioritise clients over non-client referees.

What is a good response rate?

We expect approximately 30% to respond and provide feedback.

My referees don’t all speak English. Is that a problem?

We speak over ten different languages across the Europe team, including Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German and Russian. We usually have the capacity to communicate with an individual in their chosen language, both on the phone and in written communication. However, if you are concerned, please get in touch with the relevant deputy editor.

Will we be penalised if we exceed one page per matter? In the section what sets us apart from a competitor there is a word limit (500 words), do we have to strictly limit to that, is it a problem if we write more?

Please keep your submissions, and more importantly the work highlights, concise and to the point. We will not penalise you should you exceed one page per highlight or indeed go over the 500 words limit in the section B10. However, please be as concise and specific in B10 as you can.

For further details and the remaining Chambers Europe 2022 submissions deadlines please visit the Research Schedule page here.

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