对于有意同时参与Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific和Benchmark Litigation 中国的律所，我们强烈建议您分别提交申报材料，因为这样才可以让您的分所得到更好的曝光，也可让我们更精准地了解参与某案的合伙人来自哪个办公室。
北京, 上海, 广东, 浙江, 江苏, 中国西部 (重庆和四川)
调研员: Annie Wang - firstname.lastname@example.org
商务合作：William Lo - email@example.com
Benchmark Litigation is the only publication on the market to focus exclusively on dispute resolution. Since its inception in 2008, the Benchmark brand has grown dramatically and garnered industry-wide accolades as the definitive hub for in-depth analysis of the players shaping the dynamic practice of litigation. In keeping with Benchmark’s sharp rise in popularity, its publishing staff increasingly aims to respond to the demands of its audience.
We are now delighted to introduce the second edition of Benchmark Litigation China - a regional guide that focuses on Chinese regional disputes market across different cities and provinces.
The Benchmark China research will be conducted in Mandarin. In the 2021 edition, we will cover six major regions. The ranking categories include Commercial disputes, International arbitration, Compliance: government and regulations, Construction and real estate, and Intellectual property.
We have a dedicated team located in Hong Kong and actively researching the market on the ground. During the research period, we conduct 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.
We hosted a Research Webinar for the 2021 cycle on 23 September 2020.
We would like to thank all of you again who joined and listened to the live webinar till the end.
We hope the webinar was helpful and was able to provide enough clarifications to all of your questions.
You can watch the recording of the webinar and download the webinar PPT using the links below.
To take part in our research simply:
DO NOT USE THE FORM AND LINKS FROM THE PREVIOUS YEARS. THE FORM AND LINKS ARE MADE FOR EACH RESEARCH CYCLE AND IS UPDATED EACH YEAR.
For Benchmark China, firms are advised to submit by different offices. For each province/city, firms may submit either one Research form or multiple forms for specific dispute resolution practice areas. For example, Firm A has a Shanghai office which covers 5 practice areas that Benchmark China cover, so the Shanghai office has two ways to submit. Firstly, it can submit only one research form and put all cases of all areas in one form. Secondly, the Shanghai office can submit 5 forms separately based on different practice areas, that is, the Shanghai office submits 5 forms in total.
if you are submitting ONE research form, please group each practice area case highlights. e.g. a group of commercial and transactions case studies, then a group of insolvency case studies. Rather than scattering the case studies here and there, making it difficult for researchers to locate each practice area highlights.
For law firms that intend to participate in both benchmark litigation Asia Pacific and benchmark litigation China at the same time, please submit the application materials separately, because this will allow your offices to be better exposed, and it will also allow our researchers to more accurately understand where the partners are based.
If you wish, you can provide additional information/documents and case highlights for individual practice area categories in support of your main submission.
We publish law firm and lawyer rankings and accompanying editorial in print and online.
We research the following dispute resolution practice areas (but not limited to):
Province/city and practice area categories covered by Benchmark Litigation China
Benchmark Litigation China now covers six major regions (seven provinces/cities) in China. In each region that we cover, we will have five practice area ranking tables.
The following are the provinces/cities covered by our survey:
Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Western China (Chongqing and Sichuan)
The following are the dispute resolution business areas covered by our survey:
Commercial disputes, international arbitration, compliance: government and regulations, construction and real estate, intellectual property.
There will be some new potential ranking categories introduced in the coming year if the market has the demand.
If your firm practices in a province/city we do not currently cover and you wish to take part in the research please complete our REGISTRATION FORM.
Do NOT use a research form from the previous years as there are adjustments in the research form each year. Download the latest available research form every year.
Please mark confidential information in RED and indicate clearly if the case is wholly or partially confidential (if partially, please specify what elements). Any information given may be published, except where indicated.
Provide up to 20 case highlights per practice area, listing in order of importance or significance. You may provide more than 20 cases if you wish.
Case highlights must be ongoing or completed within the last 12 months.
Clearly indicate correct practice area(s) for each case highlight.
Try to fully complete the form by filling in all required information.
Do NOT delete any question or section in our research form. Leave it blank, if you do not wish to provide any specific information.
Do NOT highlight the text. Do NOT adjust or alter the format of the research form.
Keep the contents concise and to the point. You may bold some sentences indicating importance.
Remember to include reasons why the case is important or significant.
Please include your firm’s name and jurisdiction (and practice area) when saving your research form. The suggested format is FirmName_Province/city_BMCH2021. If you are submitting by practice areas, save as follows: FirmName_ Province/city_PracticeArea_BMCM2021.
Upload it to our online submission portal once completed. We do not accept submissions via email.
Please make sure all your research forms are fully completed and are correct versions. We cannot guarantee any corrections or amendments to what you first submitted will be implemented.
There is NO LIMIT on the number of client referees you can submit.
The portal allows up to 35 referees per submission. If you wish to submit more, you are welcome to submit more than once.
All client referees that are submitted will be contacted.
All client information provided will be treated as confidential.
We do not accept late submissions for client referees.
Our Lawyer Survey is a quick and easy way for lawyers to tell us about their practice and promote their credentials. It is a key factor in helping us determine our Stars list of ranked lawyers. Lawyers can also provide feedback on other firms and individuals.
The survey is open to all disputes lawyers and you can take it by clicking the link below:
Our law firm rankings are based on three key criteria:
In each research cycle, we ask firms to provide recent case highlights and this is used to determine their position in the market.
Firms should provide their most complex and interesting cases in the research form and explain clearly to our research team why they are important and what they tell us about the firm’s abilities.
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.
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.
Litigation Stars and Future Stars
Alongside our firm rankings, we also recognise the work of outstanding individuals. Our recommendations are based on the same three factors as our law firm rankings and consist of the following categories:
Lawyers who are highly regarded by their peers and possess a strong case record and positive client feedback.
They are the lawyers who are building their reputations in the market.
Can I send information in another format?
Yes, as long as the information we ask for is provided you can submit in any word or PDF format.
How does Benchmark differ from Chambers or other competitors?
Benchmark focuses exclusively on dispute resolution and litigation. This allows us to provide a much more in-depth analysis of the market. Benchmark is also editorially driven, rather than statistically driven, and strives to avoid being over-inclusive. We aim to cover only firms and litigators that are of an elite status.
If we participate, are we guaranteed to get rated and/or have commentary?
All firms who submit and can prove they are doing notable work in the relevant practice areas will receive some form of editorial coverage, however we do not guarantee rankings or lawyer ratings.
Should we list confidential cases/clients? How do we ensure these remain confidential?
You can provide confidential clients/cases if you feel we should be aware of these, and we will certainly be respectful of confidential agreements – please mark confidential information clearly, ideally in RED.
When/how do you contact client referees?
We contact all client referees provided to us via email and invite them to take part in an online client survey. The survey asks clients about the firms they use, why they use them, what they use them for and how long they have been using them. The information provided by clients is confidential though we do publish non-attributed client quotes in the guide.
Do you only rate those of partner level?
We primarily rank partners but outstanding associates and senior associates are recognized in our ‘future stars’ lawyer rating category.
We’re a small boutique firm – what chance do we stand against the big brand name firms in your ratings?
Because Benchmark focuses exclusively on disputes, which is often the focus for specialist firms in the market, smaller firms stand a very good chance of being just as highly rated as large corporate firms, and in some cases even more highly rated.
How do we get an in-person interview?
In-person interviews are welcomed. Simply contact us and request one, and, depending on the schedule flexibility of our researchers, we can arrange one.
Can I review my firm’s editorial in advance of press and suggest changes to it?
No. Firms cannot be allowed to view their editorials prior to press, and are never allowed to have their own input into how they read.
What is the readership of Benchmark?
The readers of Benchmark include law firms and buyers of legal services/in-house counsel.
Is Benchmark "pay-to-play?" If I don’t support the project financially do I still get rated?
Benchmark is absolutely not "pay-to-play." Firms cannot pay to appear in the guide, and can only be rated if the market deems them worthy of consideration.
I have a question that’s not answered here. Can I contact anyone to ask it?
Researcher: Annie Wang - firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Development: William Lo - email@example.com