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We rank lawyers and law firms on several factors and considerations, all of which are investigated by our large team of more than 170 researchers. See details of our research team here. They are employed full-time in our central London office and work throughout the year contacting lawyers and clients direct by telephone and email.

Individual lawyers are ranked (in their practice-area(s)) on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness, and their client-service.

A law firm ranking relates to a department of the firm, not to the firm as a whole. Where a firm has several departments specialising in different areas of law, we may rank some departments and not others. (A ranking will only apply to a law firm as a whole where the firm specialises in just one practice area)

Law-firm departments are ranked on the qualities of their lawyers as above. In addition, we consider the effectiveness and capability of the department as a whole – its strength and depth. (An individual lawyer can be ranked while their law firm is not)

These factors and considerations are judged: (a) by interviews with those active in the market – mainly clients (who can be law firms instructing other law firms) and other lawyers with whom they work; and (b) by assessing recent work done.

Internal meetings are held by researchers, deputy editors and editors to go through the research we have conducted and to compile and approve the ranking tables.