A: Our rankings are qualitative not quantitative so we judge firms on the complexity of their work and the legal innovation they can demonstrate as opposed to the number of transactions they have completed.
A: Our editorial policy states that we only provide accompanying text on a law firm’s practice if they have engaged with the research process. This is to ensure that we are providing accurate information to our readership.
A: The editorial and sales processes are entirely separate and a firm will only be ranked if our research demonstrates that they should be regardless of whether they have purchased a listing in the guide.
A: Our annual rankings are a reflection of market performance over the previous THREE years. We take this view to ensure that our rankings reflect a firm’s long-term track record in the market rather than just representing the last 12 months, which can create anomalies.
A: For each research project we undertake we contact all relevant lawyers whose details we have and ask them to complete our Ranking Feedback Survey. This is an anonymous online survey allowing individuals to provide their feedback on our current rankings. If you have not received a hyperlink to the relevant survey please contact a member of our editorial team.
A: Client feedback is very important to our research and we encourage law firms to submit referees as part of the process. We do not penalize firms for not providing referees however please be aware that positive client feedback greatly enhances a firm’s chances of improving its ranking.
A: Yes, the IP Stars research is a continuous process and we keep abreast of market developments throughout the year. The submission process just allows us to make sure that we have the details of a firm’s main transactional highlights for the previous 12 months.