*last updated January 27, 2021

The fourth research cycle for Benchmark Litigation Europe has officially begun. Benchmark Litigation Europe is the definitive guide to Europe's leading litigation law firms and lawyers. We exclusively cover the litigation and disputes markets and aim to provide law firm and lawyer rankings on the market’s most important cases and firm developments.

OUR 2021 research for the 2022 rankings HAS BEGUN - PLEASE REGISTER HERE.

Firms need only submit one research form for each country they submit for, however, if you wish you can provide additional information and case highlights for individual practice area categories in support of your main submission. If you are submitting one form, we strongly suggest you group each practice area case highlights e.g. a group of commercial and transactions case studies, then a group of insolvency case studies, then a group white-collar crime case studies. This makes it easier for our researchers to locate each practice area highlights.

Our 2021 Research

Research is conducted through extensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, we examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to provide their professional opinions on peers and practitioners within their jurisdiction or practice area.

2021 Research timeline

Research begins – February 2021
Submission deadline – April 21, 2021
Research interviews (firms and client referees) – April to July
Rankings and editorials published – October 2021

Why take part?

Accurate and in-depth representation of your firm's activities
Editorial coverage in the guide
Exposure to our global readership at the world's most significant corporations and financial institutions
No cost involved

How to take part

To take part in our research simply:
1. Download our RESEARCH FORM.
2. Complete the form.
3. Upload your complete research form to the ONLINE SUBMISSION HUB by the submission deadline.
4.Upload your client referees via our CLIENT REFEREE PORTAL.

Methodology: For more detailed information on the research process, please read our methodology.

Our law firm rankings are based on three key criteria:

1. Case evidence

In each research cycle, we ask firms to provide recent case highlights and this is used to determine their position in the market.

2. Peer feedback

We conduct an online LAWYER SURVEY of law firm partners to get their thoughts and feedback on our current law firm rankings and leading lawyers.

All partners active in the relevant research categories are invited to take part and we also conduct phone and face-to-face interviews with practitioners. By providing us with accurate information you will help our research team understand your practice and increases your chance of being accurately ranked.

3. Client feedback

We speak to a wide range of corporate and in-house contacts as part of our CLIENT FEEDBACK SURVEY to get their opinions on the firms and lawyers they use.

For more details or questions on the research process and submissions, please contact

Editor: Danielle