Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific research for the 2022 edition has begun!

If you want to make sure you receive all our upcoming research updates, register using the link below:

Register your interest in the research here.


Go to our methodology page to find all the details including research guidelines, survey links and timeline. 




We will be hosting a Research Webinar for the 2022 cycle on 15 Sept at 3:00pm HKT to answer all your research questions and walk you through the submission process as well as provide some tips to complete submissions efficiently.





Below we highlight why it is important for firms to participate in the research by making a submission and pick out some common questions about the research and publication.

Why is it important for firms to participate each year?

The minimum we expect from firms each year is that they should submit their research forms and client referees. The submission process is simple: complete the research forms and upload to our online submission portal. 

Regardless of whether your firm is ranked or not, it is important to submit your forms each year because our firm rankings are subject to change each year, i.e. a firm can be added, upgraded, downgraded or removed. Annual participation demonstrates that your firm’s dispute resolution practice is credible and active, and it helps us build up reasonable research data on your firm and lawyers. 

In addition to the firm rankings, we may find information in your submission that may positively influence our decision when considering other research projects, including the Litigation stars lists and Benchmark Litigation annual awards.


Do firms and individuals have to pay to participate in the research and/or to be ranked or to win an award?

No. It is absolutely FREE to participate in our research. For the avoidance of doubt, commercial dealings with Benchmark (for example, paying for a subscription or advertisement) do not and will not influence our research results. Firms and individuals are recognised only on merit.


Are there any major changes this year?

Our research methodology and submission process have not changed. However, each year we look to improve our research forms and portals based on feedback. We have made very minor changes to our research forms and submission portals.


Can you briefly explain your research methodology?

The firm rankings, Litigation stars lists and Benchmark awards are primarily based on an independent review of available information including firm submissions and market feedback (i.e. competitors and clients). Please read more about our methodology here.


Where can those who wish to participate find the research forms and guidelines?

The research forms, link to the online submission portal and submission guidelines will be made available here.


When is the firm submission deadline?

The deadline to submit your firm questionnaire and client referees documents is October 29, 2021. Our research and results publication timeline can be found here.


We have teams in offices in different countries in our region, can we submit one research form to cover all the countries? Or do we have to submit one form for each country?

You are required to submit one form for each jurisdiction/country. Please only submit for the jurisdiction/country that your firm has a physical presence with licensed lawyers in practice in which you would like us to consider your firm for our rankings and awards.


When would you survey individual lawyers and how does it work?

We will send an email to the current Litigation stars and Future stars and anyone else that is interested in taking part in the practitioner survey. The Lawyer survey link will also be available here, for you to circulate to the lawyers in your firm who are interested in participating. Please note that completing the survey does not guarantee ranking, and there is no special form to complete for the Top 100 Women in Litigation list.


Can the marketing/business development staff complete the practitioner survey on behalf of lawyers?

No. The Lawyer survey is designed for lawyers to complete themselves because only they will know the answers to the questions.

Please also note that we do not have a Word or PDF copy of the lawyer survey.


When do you start your research interviews?

First, you do not need to submit your research forms before scheduling an interview with us. The main purpose of the interview is to get feedback on market trends and our rankings.

We will schedule and conduct the interviews between September and December. Please note that the interviews are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. There will only be ONE interview per firm.

We interview as many firms as possible and obtain a lot of data and therefore we regret that not all firms will be interviewed. Please note that not getting an interview with us will not in any way influence our decisions on your firm. Partners can still provide feedback on the rankings and peers through our Lawyer survey.

Our research and results publication timeline can be found here.


When will you publish the results of your research?

We will start publishing our research results from May. The firm rankings will be published on this website. The Benchmark Awards shortlists and winners will also be published on this website.


Where can we find more information about your research?

Please click here. If you still have further questions after reviewing all the information on our website or have feedback to share please contact the lead researcher, Candice Mak at

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