United Kingdom (The Bar) Submissions

The Legal 500 United Kingdom Bar submission process


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

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: Submission details to be confirmed. If you would like more information in the meantime, please contact John Van Der Luit-Drummond.

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

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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)

FAQS and supporting info

Referees explained