Chambers & Partners has issued a request for firms to provide more information about their global practices.
The company’s latest announcement is below in full:
We are now over half way through the research for the Chambers Global 2012. As you may know, the Chambers Global identifies the leading lawyers and law firms in more than 180 jurisdictions.
One of the unique features of the Chambers Global is its ‘Global-wide’ tables, where the leading firms are ranked across the world, rather than focusing on just one jurisdiction. Your firm may be preparing submissions for some of these right now. You can see which sections are up for research by visiting our schedule (http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Research-Schedule) and selecting ‘Global-wide’ in the location menu.
The nature of these tables means they are researched in a way which can sometimes differ from our country and regional sections. So over the years we have answered many questions from those hoping to take part.
The most important principle is that the Global-wide tables aim to use the existing country and regional research as much as possible. This includes the relevant interviews, submissions and rankings.
As a result, submissions are always optional for the Global-wide sections.
However, as there are many (30) Global-wide practice areas, and they have significant differences, here is some further guidance which may be of use:
If a practice area is very common at the country level (e.g. Corporate/M&A, Capital Markets, etc), much of the research will come from the information we already have at the country and regional level. A Global-wide submission here can never substitute a good foundation at the country level. A Global-wide submission can still be useful to draw together the best highlights and to give us updates.
If a practice area is very rare at the country level (e.g. Climate Change, Gaming & Gambling, Public International Law, etc), a Global-wide submission subsequently becomes all-important. I.e. it can help fill in the gaps in terms of giving us work relating to territories where we don’t cover the practice area. Client references would be of use too.
At the end of the day, the Global-wide sections are ‘the best of the best.’ In most cases, the firm will need a truly global footprint in that practice area. Look at our current rankings to see the competitive standard. Only firms with the requisite strengths (including, where applicable, a strong foundation of country or regional rankings for the relevant practice area) will be considered.
Should you require further information, you may contact me
Chambers Global Editor