United Kingdom (The Bar) Submissions



Details of researchers for the Regional Bar are now available.

Details of researchers for the London Bar are now available.

To learn more about the team behind our research, please visit Meet The Legal 500 Team.

Please submit your documents via the Submissions Site.


Regional Bar: Submissions and referees: 4 February 2022

London Bar: Submissions and referees: 14 April 2022

Scottish Bar: Submissions and referees: 11 February 2022

Please use the submissions template and referee spreadsheet below.

Submissions template
Referee spreedsheet

Legacy submissions template – also accepted this year

FAQS and supporting info

Referees explained

Arbitrators template

For guidance on ConvertNow, please watch our video, located on our Submission information page.

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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Practice areas

Please also see the practice area definitions and footnotes document.

Regions and practice areas we are researching for the United Kingdom Bar 2023 include:


  • Administrative law and human rights (merged)
  • Agriculture
  • Art and cultural property (renamed)
  • Aviation
  • Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
  • Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
  • Charities
  • Children law (including public and private law)
  • Clinical negligence
  • Commercial litigation
  • Commodities
  • Company (renamed)
  • Competition
  • Construction
  • Consumer
  • Costs
  • Court of Protection and community care
  • Crime
  • Data protection
  • Defamation and privacy
  • Education
  • Elections (new)
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • European Union law
  • Family (including divorce and financial remedy)
  • Financial services regulation
  • Fraud: civil
  • Fraud: crime
  • Group litigation (new)
  • Health and safety
  • Immigration (including business immigration)
  • Inquests and inquiries
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Intellectual property
  • International arbitration: arbitrators
  • International arbitration: counsel
  • International crime and extradition
  • IT and telecoms (infrastructure and contracts) (renamed)
  • Licensing
  • Local government (including rating law)
  • Media and entertainment (renamed)
  • Partnership (renamed)
  • Pensions
  • Personal injury (including industrial disease and insurance fraud) (renamed)
  • Planning
  • Police law (claimant) (new)
  • Police law (forces and constables) (renamed)
  • Private client: personal tax
  • Private client: trusts and probate
  • Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture
  • Product liability
  • Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
  • Professional negligence
  • Property litigation (see notes as to scope)
  • Public international law
  • Public procurement
  • Shipping
  • Social housing
  • Sport
  • Tax: corporate (renamed)
  • Tax: VAT and excise (renamed)
  • Telecoms regulation (renamed)
  • Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

The Offshore section of the London coverage will be spun out of the London coverage in a “The English Bar Offshore” section to be researched alongside the Caribbean guide, i.e. roughly during the same time frame as the Asia Pacific guide. The definition of this section will not change: it continues to cover the full range of work in offshore jurisdictions, focussing on traditional Offshore work and more general matters of note in the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies. Full details will be released when we release the submission guidelines for the Caribbean guide.


Chambers in the Midland, Northern, North Eastern, South Eastern, Wales and Chester, and Western circuits are encouraged to submit for the following rankings:

  • Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)
  • Agriculture
  • Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)
  • Chancery, probate, and tax
  • Clinical negligence
  • Commercial litigation
  • Company and insolvency
  • Costs
  • Court of Protection and community care
  • Crime (general and fraud)
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Family and children law
  • Immigration
  • Inquests and inquiries
  • Intellectual property
  • IT, telecoms and data protection
  • Licensing
  • Media, entertainment and defamation
  • Personal injury
  • Planning and environment
  • Professional disciplinary law
  • Professional negligence
  • Property and construction
  • Social housing
  • Sport


  • Administrative and public law
  • Commercial disputes
  • Crime and regulatory (new)
  • Employment
  • Family and private client (new)
  • Medical negligence and personal injury
  • Property, construction and planning