The following Submissions FAQs will help to steer you through the Chambers research submissions process
What is a submission?
Submissions are sets of information on law firms and lawyers used by Chambers as part of our research. They are provided by the law firms and lawyers themselves, and contain factual information which, when used in conjunction with other sources, help Chambers to determine whether a firm or individual should be ranked within our guides. There is no cost required to provide us with submissions, and we will never print or quote directly from one. Equally, there is no ''secret formula'' to writing a good submission. We simply want a clear summary of the most significant facts about your practice.
We require two sets of information from you for each submission:
a) The submission form: we require submission to be made using our submission form. This form ensures that you are supplying us with the type and volume of information that we require. Once you have completed the form, upload it via our Submissions Upload facility.
b) The referees form: we also require you to supply information on referees, whom we may wish to interview. A referee is usually a client, although it can be anyone who has good experience and knowledge of your firm. 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. Please include no more than 20 referees per practice area (except when submitting for the Latin America 2017 guide, where due to ongoing research we are only able to accept a maximum of 10 referees until the current research cycle closes in May 2016). Please use our referee spreadsheet and upload them when completed via our Submissions Upload section. Please use a new referee spreadsheet for each practice area. Doing so will minimise the time it takes for us to contact your referees, and therefore maximise the time we have to gather feedback on your firm.
Submission Content Pointers
a) Work highlights: please do not send us more than 10 publishable work highlights and 10 confidential work highlights per practice area. Try to send us a list that includes work handled by junior partners as well as senior ones. Please supply work examples from the past 12 months, or that are on-going.
b) Confidential information: It is important that confidential information is only included in the confidential section of the submission (section E). Confidential information will be used in our research but we shall not publish it. We shall assume that information that is included in the publishable section (section D) can be published.
c) Coverage: to see the locations we cover, please refer to our research schedule. By selecting a region or country you will see the practice areas that we are researching there. Our research coverage reflects market conditions in each country. We research the more important practice areas – as indicated to us by clients.
If you have looked at our research schedule but are still unsure what is covered by a particular practice area, please contact Mehri at email@example.com. If you think we are not covering a significant practice area, please contact the relevant editor.
a) When is the deadline? You can find out when your submission needs to be sent by looking at our research schedules. The schedules also show the names of the researchers who cover your location and practice areas. If you miss the submission deadline, your late submission may still be uploaded, and may still be relevant to research if the researcher has not finished or progressed to near completion in the section. If the researcher is already named on the schedule you should let them know that you may submit late. Generally, you should not contact the editor. Due to time constraints and the volume of submissions we receive, those received after the deadline may not receive the same attention given to those uploaded on time, and will be processed at a priority behind on-time submissions.
b) How to upload submissions: please upload submissions online at: https://myaccount.chambersandpartners.com/log-in
You will need a username and password. If you do not have these, please contact Mehri Hudayguliyeva.
c) 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. If you are unsure, please contact the researcher covering the section. (Please note that in Chambers USA, you are often encouraged to submit separately to different subsections. Please contact the Editor with specific questions.)
d) Chambers Global: 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. However, it is important that the submission contains details of your ‘foreign experts’ (who will feature strongly in the global guide). ‘Foreign Experts’ 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.
e) 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 research if this description accords with your firm. The practice areas covered in the Global guide include:
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.
Global-wide practice areas: The front of Chambers Global contains global-wide practice areas.
For those practice areas that are also covered at a country level – such as Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, etc - submissions are useful, but optional. However, for those global-wide practice areas that are not covered at a country level, it is important that we do receive submissions. Eg Data Protection, Franchising, Gaming & Gambling, Legal Process Outsourcing, Public International Law, International Private Client, etc.
Please note: We do not contact referees for Europe-wide unless they are for International Trade/WTO or Regulatory & Public Affairs.
f) Updating submissions / correcting mistakes: If you have have made a mistake, or wish to change something, you can upload a new replacement document. Log in and select View / Delete Submission from Account Settings. Then "delete" the document you want to replace from the list on the page.Then go to "Upload a Submission" and upload the new document.
You should always inform the relevant researcher or editor that you have made a change to your submission, especially if the change involves anything regarding confidentiality or non-publishable information. See our full list of researchers here.
g) Press releases: Submissions provide us with a snapshot of your firm's activities over a year. 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 firm’s position in the market. Therefore please put us on your mailing lists for press releases. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.