United Kingdom (Solicitors) Submissions

THE LEGAL 500 UNITED KINGDOM SUBMISSION PROCESS

The research schedule and guidelines for The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2023 edition are now below. This guide will be published in autumn 2022.

Researchers

Details of the researchers for firms outside London are now available

Details of the researchers for law firms in London are now available

To learn more about the team behind our research, please visit Meet The Team.


UK outside London deadline: 11 February 2022
London and PATMA deadline: 31 March 2022

Please note you can submit at any point before these final deadlines.

The template documents you will need to send submissions are now below:

Submissions template
Referee spreadsheet

Mediator submissions template
Mediator referee spreadsheet

To send your submissions to us, please visit submissions.legal500.com and follow the onscreen prompts to send us new documents.

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Litigation funding submissions information

We are now accepting submissions for our 2022 UK litigation funding rankings. .

Litigation funding submission form

Litigation funding referee spreadsheet

Deadline: Wednesday 9 February

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Guidelines

UK regions outside London
Law firms in London

Frequently asked questions
Referees explained
Practice area definitions


Practice areas

The UK Legal 500 Solicitors guide 2023 will publish in autumn 2022. We are making relatively few changes to the practices we rank, however all additions and cuts are highlighted in red below.

The biggest shift in approach is that this year we will be allowing ABS-structured legal services providers (including those that are not regulated by the SRA) to submit to the rankings where relevant. Please note that within the UK guide the intention is not to create a separate ranking of ABS businesses but, rather, to allow those businesses competing against traditional law firms for specific services to submit for particular practice areas.

In London, we will be adding two new practice areas: private prosecutions, which will sit within London crime, fraud & licensing; and costs lawyers, which will sit under dispute resolution.

We are not making any significant changes to our regional coverage this year, however we will be looking at how best to reflect the greater flexibility lawyers now have to work remotely across multiple offices in future guides.

Summary of changes:
New rankings

London

  • Crime, fraud and licensing – Private prosecutions
  • Dispute resolution – Costs lawyers

Isle of Man

  • Shipping and aviation

Rankings being cut

South East

  • Transport: Aviation

South West

  • Transport: Rail

West Midlands

  • Crime, fraud and licensing: Licensing
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms): Sport

Rankings being combined

For three regions - North West, South West and Yorkshire and the Humber – crime, fraud and general crime will now be combined as general crime and fraud.

For Yorkshire and the Humber

Insurance professional negligence claimant and defendant will be combined.

The full list of regions and practice areas we will be researching for the United Kingdom 2023 Solicitors guide is as follows.

EAST ANGLIA PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and commercial
    • Corporate and commercial: Cambridge
    • Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia
    • Corporate and commercial: Norwich
    • Corporate tax
  • Crime, fraud and licensing
    • General crime and fraud
    • Licensing
  • Dispute resolution
    • Commercial litigation: Cambridge
    • Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia
    • Commercial litigation: Norwich
    • Debt recovery
  • Employment
    • Employment
    • Health and safety
    • Immigration
    • Pensions
  • Finance
    • Banking and finance
    • Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Insurance
    • Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
    • Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
    • Professional negligence
  • Private client
    • Agriculture and estates
    • Charities and not-for-profit
    • Contentious trusts and probate
    • Family
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich
  • Public sector
    • Public sector
  • Real estate
    • Commercial property: Cambridge
    • Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia
    • Commercial property: Norwich
    • Construction
    • Planning and environment
    • Property litigation
    • Social housing
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
    • Biotechnology
    • Intellectual property
    • IT and telecoms
    • Media, entertainment and sport
  • Transport
    • Transport and shipping

EAST MIDLANDS PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and commercial
    • Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands
    • Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby
  • Crime, fraud and licensing
    • General crime and fraud
    • Licensing
  • Dispute resolution
    • Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands
    • Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby
    • Debt recovery
  • Employment
    • Employment
    • Immigration
  • Finance
    • Banking and finance
    • Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Insurance
    • Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
    • Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
    • Professional negligence
  • Private client
    • Agriculture and estates
    • Charities and not-for-profit
    • Contentious trusts and probate
    • Family
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate
  • Projects, energy and natural resources
    • Private finance initiative (PFI)
  • Public sector
    • Public sector
  • Real estate
    • Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands
    • Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby
    • Construction
    • Planning and environment
    • Property litigation
    • Social housing
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
    • Intellectual property
    • IT and telecoms
    • Sport

NORTH PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and commercial
    • Corporate and commercial: Newcastle
    • Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North
    • Corporate tax
  • Crime, fraud and licensing
    • General crime and fraud
    • Licensing
  • Dispute resolution
    • Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North
    • Commercial litigation: Newcastle
    • Debt recovery
  • Employment
    • Employment
    • Pensions
  • Finance
    • Banking and finance
    • Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Insurance
    • Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
    • Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
    • Professional negligence
  • Private client
    • Agriculture and estates
    • Charities and not-for-profit
    • Contentious trusts and probate
    • Family
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate
  • Projects, energy and natural resources
    • Energy
  • Public sector
    • Education
    • Health
  • Real estate
    • Commercial property: elsewhere in the North
    • Commercial property: Newcastle
    • Construction
    • Planning and environment
    • Property litigation
    • Social housing
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
    • Intellectual property
    • IT and telecoms
    • Media and entertainment

NORTH WEST PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and commercial
    • Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West
    • Corporate and commercial: Liverpool
    • Corporate and commercial: Manchester
    • Corporate tax
    • EU and competition
  • Crime, fraud and licensing
    • General crime and fraud – COMBINED
    • Licensing
  • Dispute resolution
    • Banking litigation
    • Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West
    • Commercial litigation: Liverpool
    • Commercial litigation: Manchester
    • Debt recovery
  • Employment
    • Employment
    • Employment: employee/union firms
    • Health and safety
    • Immigration
    • Pensions
  • Finance
    • Banking and finance
    • Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Insurance
    • Clinical negligence: claimant
    • Clinical negligence: defendant
    • Personal injury: claimant
    • Personal injury: defendant
    • Professional negligence
  • Private client
    • Agriculture and estates
    • Charities and not-for-profit
    • Contentious trusts and probate
    • Family
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate
  • Projects, energy and natural resources
    • Energy, project finance and PFI
  • Public sector
    • Education
    • Health
    • Local government
  • Real estate
    • Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West
    • Commercial property: Liverpool
    • Commercial property: Manchester
    • Construction
    • Planning and environment
    • Property litigation
    • Social housing
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
    • Intellectual property
    • IT and telecoms
    • Media and entertainment
    • Sport
  • Transport

NORTHERN IRELAND PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and commercial
    • Corporate and M&A
  • Dispute resolution
    • Dispute resolution
  • Employment
    • Employment
  • Finance
    • Banking and finance
    • Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Insurance
    • Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
    • Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
  • Private client
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate
  • Projects, energy and natural resources
    • Energy, project finance and PFI
  • Real estate
    • Commercial property
    • Construction
    • Planning and environment
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
    • Intellectual property
    • IT and telecoms

OFFSHORE PRACTICE AREAS

  • Guernsey
    • Banking and finance
    • Capital markets
    • Commercial property
    • Corporate and M&A
    • Dispute resolution
    • Employment
    • Insurance
    • Investment funds
    • Private client, trusts and tax
  • Isle of Man
    • Banking, finance and capital markets
    • Commercial property
    • Corporate and commercial
    • Dispute resolution
    • Employment
    • Gambling
    • Insurance and pensions
    • Private client, trusts and tax
    • Shipping and aviation – NEW
  • Jersey
    • Banking and finance
    • Capital markets
    • Commercial property
    • Corporate and commercial
    • Dispute resolution
    • Dispute resolution: regulatory and white-collar crime
    • Employment
    • Family
    • Investment funds
    • Private client, trusts and tax

SCOTLAND PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and commercial
    • Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow
    • Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in Scotland
    • Corporate tax
    • EU and competition
  • Crime, fraud and licensing
    • Crime: fraud
    • Crime: general
    • Licensing
  • Dispute resolution
    • Commercial litigation
    • Debt recovery
  • Employment
    • Employment
    • Health and safety
    • Immigration
    • Pensions
  • Finance
    • Banking and finance
    • Insolvency and corporate recovery
    • Investment funds
  • Insurance
    • Medical negligence: defender
    • Medical negligence: pursuer
    • Personal injury: defender
    • Personal injury: pursuer
    • Professional negligence
  • Private client
    • Agriculture and estates
    • Charities and not-for-profit
    • Contentious trusts and probate
    • Family
    • Personal tax, trusts and executries
  • Projects, energy and natural resources
    • Energy (excluding oil and gas)
    • Oil and gas
    • Projects
  • Public sector
    • Education
    • Health
    • Local government
    • Parliamentary and public affairs
  • Real estate
    • Commercial property: elsewhere in Scotland
    • Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow
    • Construction
    • Environment
    • Planning
    • Property litigation
    • Social housing
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
    • Intellectual property
    • IT and telecoms
    • Media and entertainment
    • Sport
  • Transport

SOUTH EAST PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and commercial
    • Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
    • Corporate and commercial: Essex
    • Corporate and commercial: Hampshire
    • Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
    • Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
    • Corporate tax
  • Crime, fraud and licensing
    • General crime and fraud
    • Licensing
  • Dispute resolution
    • Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
    • Commercial litigation: Essex
    • Commercial litigation: Hampshire
    • Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
    • Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
    • Debt recovery
  • Employment
    • Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
    • Employment: Essex
    • Employment: Hampshire
    • Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
    • Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
    • Health and safety
    • Immigration
    • Pensions
  • Finance
    • Banking and finance
    • Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Insurance
    • Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
    • Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
    • Professional negligence
  • Private client
    • Agriculture and estates
    • Charities and not-for-profit
    • Contentious trusts and probate
    • Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
    • Family: Essex
    • Family: Hampshire
    • Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
    • Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
  • Public sector
    • Public sector
  • Real estate
    • Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
    • Commercial property: Essex
    • Commercial property: Hampshire
    • Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
    • Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
    • Construction
    • Environment and planning
    • Property litigation
    • Social housing
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
    • Intellectual property
    • IT and telecoms
    • Media and entertainment
    • Sport
  • Transport
    • Aviation – REMOVED
    • Shipping

SOUTH WEST PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and commercial
    • Corporate and commercial: Bristol
    • Corporate and commercial: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall
    • Corporate and commercial: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire
    • Corporate tax
    • EU and competition
  • Crime, fraud and licensing
    • General crime and fraud – COMBINED
    • Licensing
  • Dispute resolution
    • Commercial litigation: Bristol
    • Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall
    • Commercial litigation: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire
    • Debt recovery
  • Employment
    • Employment: Bristol
    • Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall
    • Employment: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire
    • Health and safety
    • Immigration
    • Pensions
  • Finance
    • Banking and finance
    • Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Insurance
    • Clinical negligence: claimant
    • Clinical negligence: defendant
    • Personal injury: claimant
    • Personal injury: defendant
    • Professional negligence
  • Private client
    • Agriculture and estates
    • Charities and not-for-profit
    • Contentious trusts and probate
    • Family
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate
  • Projects, energy and natural resources
    • Energy, project finance and PFI
  • Public sector
    • Education
    • Health
    • Local government
  • Real estate
    • Commercial property: Bristol
    • Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall
    • Commercial property: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire
    • Construction
    • Environment
    • Planning
    • Property litigation
    • Social housing
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
    • Intellectual property
    • IT and telecoms
    • Media and entertainment
    • Sport
  • Transport
    • Rail – REMOVED
    • Shipping

WALES PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and commercial
    • Corporate and commercial
  • Crime, fraud and licensing
    • General crime and fraud
  • Dispute resolution
    • Commercial litigation
    • Debt recovery
  • Employment
    • Employment
    • Health and safety
    • Immigration
    • Pensions
  • Finance
    • Banking and finance
    • Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Insurance
    • Clinical negligence: claimant
    • Clinical negligence: defendant
    • Personal injury: claimant
    • Personal injury: defendant
    • Professional negligence
  • Private client
    • Agriculture and estates
    • Charities and not-for-profit
    • Contentious trusts and probate
    • Family
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate
  • Public sector
    • Public sector
  • Real estate
    • Commercial property
    • Construction
    • Planning and environment
    • Property litigation
    • Social housing
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
    • Intellectual property
    • IT and telecoms
    • Media and entertainment
    • Sport

WEST MIDLANDS PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and commercial
    • Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
    • Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands
    • Corporate tax
  • Crime, fraud and licensing
    • General crime and fraud
    • Licensing – REMOVED
  • Dispute resolution
    • Banking litigation
    • Commercial litigation: Birmingham
    • Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands
    • Debt recovery
  • Employment
    • Employment
    • Health and safety
    • Immigration
    • Pensions
  • Finance
    • Banking and finance
    • Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Insurance
    • Clinical negligence: claimant
    • Clinical negligence: defendant
    • Personal injury: claimant
    • Personal injury: defendant
    • Professional negligence
  • Private client
    • Agriculture and estates
    • Charities and not-for-profit
    • Contentious trusts and probate
    • Family: Birmingham
    • Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate
  • Projects, energy and natural resources
    • Energy, project finance and PFI
  • Public sector
    • Education
    • Health
    • Local government
  • Real estate
    • Commercial property: Birmingham
    • Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands
    • Construction
    • Environment
    • Planning
    • Property litigation
    • Social housing
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
    • Intellectual property
    • IT and telecoms
    • Sport – REMOVED
  • Transport

YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and commercial
    • Corporate and commercial: Hull and East Yorkshire
    • Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
    • Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
    • Corporate tax
    • EU and competition
  • Crime, fraud and licensing
    • General crime and fraud – COMBINED
  • Dispute resolution
    • Banking litigation
    • Commercial litigation: Hull and East Yorkshire
    • Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
    • Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
    • Debt recovery
  • Employment
    • Employment: Hull and East Yorkshire
    • Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
    • Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire
    • Health and safety
    • Pensions
  • Finance
    • Banking and finance
    • Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Insurance
    • Clinical negligence: claimant
    • Clinical negligence: defendant
    • Personal injury: claimant
    • Personal injury: defendant
    • Professional negligence – COMBINED
  • Private client
    • Agriculture and estates
    • Charities and not-for-profit
    • Contentious trusts and probate
    • Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
    • Family: Elsewhere in Yorkshire
    • Personal tax, trusts and probate
  • Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI)
    • Infrastructure and energy
  • Public sector
    • Education
    • Health
    • Local government
  • Real estate
    • Commercial property: Hull and East Yorkshire
    • Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
    • Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
    • Construction
    • Environment
    • Planning
    • Property litigation
    • Social housing
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
    • Intellectual property
    • IT and telecoms
    • Sport
  • Transport

LONDON PRACTICE AREAS

    • Corporate and commercial
      • Commercial contracts
      • Corporate tax
      • Customs and excise
      • Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
      • Equity capital markets – mid-large cap
      • EU and competition
      • EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs
      • Financial services: contentious
      • Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
      • International business reorganisations
      • M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
      • M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
      • M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+
      • Partnership
      • Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)
      • Private equity: transactions – mid-market deals (up to £250m)
      • VAT and indirect tax
      • Venture capital
    • Crime, fraud and licensing
      • Crime: general
      • Fraud: civil
      • Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)
      • Gaming and betting
      • Licensing
      • Private prosecutions – NEW
    • Dispute resolution
      • Banking litigation: investment and retail
      • Commercial litigation: mid-market
      • Commercial litigation: premium
      • Commodities disputes
      • Competition litigation
      • Costs lawyers – NEW
      • Debt recovery
      • International arbitration
      • Mediators
      • Professional discipline
      • Public international law
      • Tax litigation and investigations
    • Employment
      • Employee share schemes
      • Employees/unions
      • Employers
      • Health and safety
      • Immigration: business
      • Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay
      • Pensions: non-contentious
      • Pensions: dispute resolution
      • Senior executives
    • Finance
      • Acquisition finance
      • Asset based lending
      • Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
      • Corporate restructuring and insolvency
      • Debt capital markets
      • Derivatives and structured products
      • High yield
      • Islamic finance
      • Securitisation
      • Trade finance
      • Transport finance and leasing
    • Industry focus
      • Emerging markets
      • Hospitality and leisure
      • Life sciences and healthcare
      • Retail and consumer
      • TMT
    • Insurance
      • Clinical negligence: claimant
      • Clinical negligence: defendant
      • Insurance and reinsurance litigation
      • Insurance litigation: for policyholders
      • Insurance: corporate and regulatory
      • Personal injury: claimant
      • Personal injury: defendant
      • Product liability: claimant
      • Product liability: defendant
      • Professional negligence
    • Investment fund formation and management
      • Fund finance
      • Hedge funds
      • Listed funds
      • Private funds
      • Real estate funds
      • Retail funds
    • Irish firms in London
    • Offshore firms in London
    • Private client
      • Agriculture and estates
      • Art and cultural property
      • Charities and not-for-profit
      • Contentious trusts and probate
      • Court of protection
      • Family
      • Family: mediation
      • Personal tax, trusts and probate
    • Projects, energy and natural resources
      • Infrastructure
      • Mining and minerals
      • Oil and gas
      • Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
      • Water
    • Public sector
      • Administrative and public law
      • Civil liberties and human rights
      • Education: individuals
      • Education: institutions
      • Education: schools
      • Electoral
      • Healthcare
      • Infrastructure (parliamentary)
      • Local government
    • Real estate
      • Commercial property: corporate occupiers
      • Commercial property: development
      • Commercial property: investment
      • Construction: contentious
      • Construction: non-contentious
      • Environment
      • Planning
      • Property finance
      • Property litigation
      • Residential property
      • Social housing: finance
      • Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
      • Social housing: tenant
    • Risk advisory
      • Corporate governance
      • Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
      • Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
    • TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
      • Fintech
      • Franchising
      • Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)
      • Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
      • IT and telecoms
      • Media and entertainment (including media finance)
      • PATMA: Patent attorneys
      • PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
      • Reputation management
      • Sport
    • Transport
      • Aviation
      • Rail
      • Shipping
      • Travel: personal injury
      • Travel: regulatory and commercial