The Rankings Explained
Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.
Foreign Experts / Foreign Desks
Foreign Experts and Foreign Desks are individuals or teams of individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals and teams are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise. For example, a lawyer based in the UK may have an in-depth knowledge of China. He / she would appear in the UK as a Foreign Expert for China, while in China he would be identified as a Foreign Expert with Chinese expertise based in the UK.
Senior Statesman and Star
In addition, there are further categories in which lawyers can be ranked as exceptional individuals. A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success. A 'Star' ranking is given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field.
'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in fee-earning work but remain key players in the team.
A 'Recognised Practitioner' handles notable matters and / or has received some recommendation during the course of our research. However, they have not received a sufficiently high level of sustained recommendation to be included in the printed version of the Chambers guide. Instead, the 'Recognised Practitioner' category shows that these individuals are on our research radar.
'Recognised Practitioners' do not receive independent editorial comment, but they are able to provide a biography for our website.
Up-and-Coming, Star Associate, and Associate-to-Watch
Two additional bands list those who are at the forefront of their generation but who do not yet warrant inclusion in the tables. The 'Up and Coming' band lists those who do not yet have an established reputation but who are driving their firm's growth. 'Associates to Watch' are senior associates who are recognised for their work in the background of major deals. 'Star Associate' is awarded to an associate who consistently demonstrates an outstanding degree of technical and commercial expertise beyond that of their peers.
Silks and Juniors
In the UK, Barristers are divided into 'Leading Silks' and 'Leading Juniors'. Leading juniors who have since taken silk appear banded under 'New Silks'.