United Kingdom (Solicitors) Submissions

The Legal 500 United Kingdom submission process

Research schedule – important update

Research processes for London solicitors and the London Bar (The Legal 500 UK) will be suspended until 30 April. In addition to the suspension of client research set out above, we will be extending the interview period by three weeks, to allow greater flexibility for firms who may struggle to coordinate personnel – so our research period will now end on 26 June. Please click here for further information.

Researchers

Details of researchers for UK regions outside London are now available
Details of researchers for solicitors in London are now available
To learn more about the team behind our research, please visit Meet The Team.


Deadlines

The research schedule and guidelines for The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2021 edition are now below.

UK outside London deadline: 12 February 2020
London and PATMA deadline: 9 March 2020

The template documents you will need to send submissions are here:

Submission template
Referee spreadsheet

Mediator templates can be found below:

Mediator Submission template
Mediator Referee spreadsheet


Guidelines

UK regions outside London
Law firms in London

Frequently asked questions
Referees explained


Practice areas

We’re making a number of changes to the UK Solicitors guide this year, which are detailed in full below within the practice ranking list. However, to ensure that you don’t miss anything, please check our UK 2021 updated practice areas document.

Regions and practice areas we are researching for the United Kingdom 2021 include:

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
    • Crime: fraud
    • Crime: general
    • 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

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

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
    • Crime: fraud
    • Crime: general
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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

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 and personal injury: defender
    • Medical negligence and 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
    • Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow (leisure and hospitality)
    • Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow (retail)
    • 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
    • Shipping

SOUTH WEST PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and commercial
    • Corporate and commercial: Bristol
    • Corporate and commercial: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire
    • Corporate and commercial: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall
    • Corporate tax
    • EU and competition
  • Crime, fraud and licensing
    • Crime: fraud
    • Crime: general
    • Licensing
  • Dispute resolution
    • Commercial litigation: Bristol
    • Commercial litigation: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire
    • Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall
    • Debt recovery
  • Employment
    • Employment: Bristol
    • Employment: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire
    • Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall
    • Health and safety
    • Immigration
    • Pensions
  • Finance
    • Banking and finance
    • Insolvency and corporate recovery
  • Insurance
    • Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant
    • Clinical negligence and 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: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire
    • Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall
    • Construction
    • Environment
    • Planning
    • Property litigation
    • Social housing
  • TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
    • Intellectual property
    • IT and telecoms
    • Media and entertainment
    • Sport
  • Transport
    • Rail
    • Shipping

WALES PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and commercial
    • Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales
  • Crime, fraud and licensing
    • General crime and fraud
    • Licensing
  • Dispute resolution
    • Commercial litigation
    • Debt recovery
  • Employment
    • Employment
    • Health and safety
    • Immigration
    • Pensions
  • Finance
    • Banking and finance
  • Insurance
    • Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant
    • Clinical negligence and 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
  • 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
    • 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: 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
  • 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
    • Crime: fraud
    • Crime: general
  • 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 and personal injury: claimant
    • Clinical negligence and personal injury: defendant
    • Professional negligence: claimant
    • Professional negligence: defendant
  • 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
    • Corporate tax
    • Customs and excise
    • Equity capital markets – low-mid cap
    • Equity capital markets – mid-high 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
  • Dispute resolution
    • Banking litigation: investment and retail
    • Commercial litigation: premium
    • Commercial litigation: mid-market
    • Commodities disputes
    • Competition litigation
    • Debt recovery
    • International arbitration
    • Mediators
    • Professional discipline
    • Public international law
    • Tax litigation and investigations
  • Employment
    • Employee share schemes
    • Employees/unions
    • Employers
    • Senior executives
    • Health and safety
    • Immigration: business
    • Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay
    • Pensions: non-contentious
    • Pensions: dispute resolution
  • 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 & leasing
  • Industry focus
    • Emerging markets
    • Energy and infrastructure
    • 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 (including infrastructure funds)
    • Real estate funds
    • Retail funds
  • Offshore firms in London
    • 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 (PFI and PPP)
    • Mining and minerals
    • Oil and gas
    • Power (including electricity 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

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
  • 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