United Kingdom (The Bar) Submissions

The Legal 500 United Kingdom Bar 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.


Details of researchers for each jurisdiction are now available.

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


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

FAQS and supporting info

Referees explained

Regional Bar: Submissions and referees: 21 February 2020
Interviews conducted: 9 March – 1 May 2020

London Bar: Submissions and referees: 20 March 2020
Interviews conducted: 4 May – 5 June 2020

Scottish Bar: Submissions and referees: 30 April 2020 
Interviews conducted: 4 May – 5 June 2020

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

Bar submissions template
Bar referee spreadsheet

For template for Arbitrators can be found here:

Arbitrators template

For guidance on ConvertNow, please watch our video, located on our Get involved page.

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

If you require login details or have problems accessing submissions.legal500.com, please get in touch via our FAQ page. 

Practice areas

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

For practice area definitions and footnotes, please see this document


  • Administrative and public law (including elections)* (renamed)
  • Agriculture
  • Aviation
  • Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
  • Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
  • Charities
  • Children law (including public and private law)
  • Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
  • Clinical negligence
  • Commercial litigation
  • Commodities
  • Company and partnership*
  • Competition
  • Construction
  • Consumer*
  • Costs
  • Court of Protection and community care
  • Crime
  • Data protection
  • Defamation and privacy
  • European Union law
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Family (including divorce and financial remedy)
  • Financial services regulation
  • Fraud: civil
  • Fraud: crime
  • Health and safety
  • IT and telecoms*
  • Immigration (including business immigration)
  • Inquests and inquiries
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Intellectual property
  • International arbitration: arbitrators
  • International arbitration: counsel
  • International crime and extradition
  • Licensing
  • Local government (including rating law) (new)
  • Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)*
  • Offshore
  • Pensions
  • Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud*
  • Planning
  • Police law (defendant)
  • 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*
  • Public international law
  • Public procurement
  • Shipping
  • Social housing
  • Sport
  • Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax*
  • Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)


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


  • Administrative and public law (including local government)
  • Agriculture
  • Civil liberties and human rights 
  • Commercial litigation
  • Company and insolvency
  • Construction and property
  • Crime
  • Employment
  • Family and childcare
  • Health and safety and regulatory
  • Intellectual property
  • Licensing
  • Medical negligence
  • Planning and environmental
  • Personal injury
  • Professional negligence
  • Tax and trusts
  • TMT