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View all the relevant documents you need to participate in our research:
21 February 2024
3 April 2024
Please check the deadline for the exact jurisdiction you are submitting for here: IFLR1000 Submission Deadlines in 2024
Any firm advising on financial and corporate or project-related legal work can participate in the research for our rankings by submitting a research form and providing a list of supporting client referees.
There is no fee to participate in the research.
Firms can submit one research form and supporting client referees per practice area and jurisdiction
To participate in our research you will need to complete our research form and client referee form.
Contact details of client referees we can survey for their opinion on the performance of firms and lawyers.
All referee contact details must be submitted via the Excel template.
Client referees must have worked with the firm in the 18 months prior making your submission on work relevant to our research. Firms can submit an unlimited number of referees - all referees provided by the submission deadline will be contacted.
Making a submission
There are three steps to the submission process:
Benefits for participants:
Below are the key research deadlines for all IFLR1000 research to be published in calendar year 2024.
Research interviews conducted: March - September 2024
Submission deadline: To find the submission deadline for your jurisdiction, please view here: IFLR1000 Submission Deadlines in 2024
Client Referee Feedback Survey: Opens March 2024
Lawyer Survey: Opens March 2024
Research Publication dates
IFLR1000 evaluates law firms and lawyers by practice area within a jurisdiction based on transactional deal evidence and client feedback.
We do not research arbitration, disputes, employment, IP, litigation, or tax work. Any work submitted that falls into these practice areas will not be taken into account.
IFLR1000 assesses transactions by their legal innovation or sophistication, the challenges they navigated and their impact on the market. Firms and lawyers that consistently – over several research cycles – advise on the most complex or innovative transactions in their markets, and whose excellent work is corroborated by clients, will be ranked or rated highly. See ‘Firm ranking and lawyer rating criteria’ section for more detail.
IFLR1000 ranks firms according to the work undertaken by firms’ lawyers based in a jurisdiction.
A “jurisdiction” can refer to any jurisdiction with a distinct legal framework, including national jurisdiction and regional/state-level jurisdictions.
Only firms with an office in a jurisdiction licensed by a local bar association can be ranked in that jurisdiction’s rankings. Lawyers must be licensed and based in a country to be rated at a national level there.
IFLR1000 China researches firms and lawyers in the provinces/municipalities listed below. The research is undertaken and published in Mandarin and English. Firms can submit work that falls into any of our core practice areas (see ‘Practice area ranking categories’ section).
IFLR1000 ranks firms and lawyers by practice area. Our research focuses on financial and corporate and project development work. We assess work in the following practice areas (a financial and corporate ranking is based on all the types of work listed below excluding project development):
To view how we define our practice areas and the type of work that can be submitted for each practice area, download our PRACTICE AREA DEFINITIONS.
The practice areas we produce rankings for vary by country, depending on the breadth and depth of in a market and the degree of specialization that firms and lawyers have in the area.
To view which practice areas we currently produce rankings for in your, please see our PRACTICE AREA CATEGORIES BY JURISDICTION *.
Note - *We accept submissions from firms based anywhere in the world and will produce rankings for any jurisdiction where we have sufficient deal evidence and client feedback.
Our law firm rankings and lawyer ratings are based on three key criteria:
In each research cycle we ask firms to provide deal highlights since January 1 of the previous year.
Deal evidence is the decisive factor to determine a firm’s ranking and lawyer’s rating. Firms submit work to us via the research form.
In the context of the jurisdiction and practice area, we assess deals on the basis of:
When making an assessment of firm’s work we also take into account:
We use client feedback to help us assess the quality of advice and service lawyers and firms are providing. We survey tens of thousands of corporate and in-house contacts provided to us by participating firms annually to ask their opinions on the firms and lawyers they use.
Client feedback is used in support of transactional evidence when determining a firm’s ranking or lawyer’s rating. What this means is good feedback alone will not ensure a firm or lawyer is ranked or rated, a firm or individual must be experienced in advising on significant work.
When you submit you should try and provide referees for all the lawyers at the firm you feel should be rated. A lawyer working on significant matters who receives a reasonable amount of good client feedback is more likely to be rated.
Increasing response rate of referees
Some ways we have found increase the number of referees who respond to our survey are:
We conduct many interviews with practitioners, over the phone and in-person, to gather market intelligence. This allows us to gain a better understanding of market trends, so that we can better assess the significance of transactions and keep our rankings ahead of the curve.
IFLR1000 Lawyer Survey
During each research cycle we conduct a survey of lawyers to get their thoughts and feedback on the firms and lawyers in their markets. All partners and senior lawyers active in work relevant our research are invited to participate.
The annual Lawyer Survey is an opportunity for lawyers to provide evidence to support a Leading Lawyer rating and to have their say on our rankings and ratings.
Lawyers can provide us with recent examples of their work and details about their practice area and industry sector specialisms, which will be assessed when we evaluate our Leading Lawyer ratings.
In addition to firm rankings, IFLR1000 also recognizes the work of outstanding individuals.
IFLR1000’s lawyer ranking categories are primarily based on transactional evidence, client feedback and peer recognition. When you highlight lawyers for a category in your submission, please include examples of each nominee’s work within the research cycle in the Deal Highlights section and referees (using the Client Referee Form) who can provide feedback on their work.
IFLR1000 only recognise lawyers in the jurisdiction where they are based.
Market Leader: Partners who are the true leaders in their practice area(s) and jurisdiction in the eyes of clients and peers, with clear records of leading on the most high-profile, innovative and complex deals in their markets.
Women Leader: To be ranked Women Leader, lawyers must meet the criteria for Market Leader (stated above) or must hold high status within their market for their leadership abilities. See ‘Women Leaders’ section for more detail.
Highly Regarded: Partners who have outstanding deal records in the practice in question and are highly regarded by clients and peers.
Expert Consultant: Senior figures with name recognition who focus on consulting and building client relationships. These are individuals who may stepped back from the active client work to serve as rainmakers or figureheads for a practice.
Rising Star Partner: Lawyers who made partner relatively recently who are working on complex deals and are recommended by clients or peers. To be eligible for this rating, lawyers must have made partner within three years of the current submission deadline. Only lawyers who were promoted to partner within three years of the submission deadline are eligible for this rating.
Rising Star: Ones to watch – lawyers building their reputations in the market who are working on notable deals and are recommended by clients or peers. Only non-partners who qualified within 15 years of the submission deadline are eligible for this rating. Eligible candidates cannot have made partner and must have no more than 15 years post qualification experience.
Notable Practitioner: Lawyers supported records of advising on significant deals in the jurisdiction and practice area in question.
IFLR1000 Women Leader is an elite ranking category reserved for the most prominent women lawyers across the world working in the areas of law IFLR1000 researches.
To be ranked Women Leader, lawyers must have outstanding reputations for working on complex or innovative deals or must hold high status within their market for their leadership abilities.
Lawyers must be working in the areas of financial and corporate transactions or regulation, or in contract, licensing or regulatory work related to project development to be eligible for this rating category.
IFLR1000 uses evidence submitted on research forms and client and peer feedback as the primary resource for Women Leaders' research.
IFLR1000's research teams analyse thousands of Research Forms, conduct thousands of interviews with law firm partners and market experts, and survey tens of thousands of clients to determine IFLR1000's Women Leaders. The research methodology follows that of IFLR1000’s leading lawyers.
Women Leaders 2025 will be based primarily on submissions made in 2024.
The best way to participate in the Women Leaders research is through the annual IFLR1000 research cycle. Firms can nominate lawyers on the IFLR1000 research form and should include deal for each individual they nominate. Individual lawyers can also nominate themselves by taking our Lawyer Survey (opens in March 2024).
Please review our list of most frequently asked questions for details on use of the accreditation portal, our submission process, ranking decisions, the research interview process and publications. If there’s a question we have not answered in our FAQs, please email Danielle Ngwana-Joseph
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