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About the Chambers Europe Legal Guide 2023

Welcome to the Chambers Europe Guide 2023. Search the legal market's best law firms and lawyers using the search functionality above. 

Chambers Europe ranks the top lawyers and law firms across Europe, providing indispensable insights, and market intelligence for law firm clients as well as legal professionals.   

Chamber and Partners rankings are based on in-depth analysis and research, conducted by our dedicated, experienced team of researchers. Tens of thousands of one-to-one interviews with referees and clients take place each year to help us understand the views and experiences of clients for the legal work submitting firms provided.  

Our rankings and research provide clients, in-house counsel, GCs and other buyers of legal services across the European legal market with the insights they need when it matters, and aids them in finding the most suitable providers of legal services, wherever they exists. 

For more information on our unrivalled methodology and insights into our submissions process, please visit our methodology page.  

Chambers Europe Guide 2024 Submissions

Keep up to date with all of your relevant submission deadlines throughout the year and get personalised submission reminders in your calendar here

View the Chambers research schedule to find the submission deadline applicable to your practice area here

Chambers are very saddened to see the devastation from the earthquake in Turkey and Syria and our thoughts are with those affected. Should you still wish to submit we have taken the decision to delay the start of our research and therefore the deadline for Turkey Corporate/M&A and Turkey Dispute Resolution submissions is now 12 April. Syria General Business Law has the later deadline of May 17, which remains in place. 

After careful consideration, we have made the decision not to conduct research on Russia and Belarus this year. 

Please contact the EMEA Research Director Marlene Hermann or Head of Europe Kate Read directly with any questions. 

Watch our From Submission to Ranking webinar to learn more about this year's upcoming research and best practices for submissions. 

Chambers Europe Guide 2023: Highlights

New ranking tables and sub-tables

This year of research saw continued growth in engagement from law firms and their referees across Europe which has allowed the team to further expand and consolidate our legal rankings across the continent. This has led to further subsections being added, notably in Spain, where the Employment table was divided into Elite and Highly Regarded, and Italy, which saw the inclusion of Corporate/M&A: High-End Capabilities. 

Contentious tables have also seen significant growth, with Austria Intellectual Property: Patent Attorney Contentious and Hungary Dispute Resolution: Arbitration being added to the guide for 2023. 

One major impact on the rankings this year was the continued war in Ukraine. With the vast amount of upheaval, we decided to reframe how we approach the rankings and which practice areas would be covered.

We have retained the rankings for Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Competition and Intellectual Property – though with Spotlight rankings and an emphasis on pro bono work undertaken by the firms. For more information on our approach, please read our Ukraine Overview. 

Further to this, we also made the decision to not carry out research into legal markets in Russia or Belarus for the 2023 guide. 

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New this year
-Ireland: Financial Services Regulatory
-Norway Energy: Renewables
-Spain Employment: Elite and Highly Regarded
-Germany Intellectual Property: Patent Attorney Contentious
- Italy Corporate/M&A: High-End Capabilities
- Austria Competition: Lawyers Based Abroad
- Austria Insurance
- Hungary Dispute Resolution: Arbitration
- Monaco General Business Law: Avocat-Défenseurs and Conseils Juridiques

Chambers Europe Guide 2023: Summary

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Department rankings / 1479 Unique Law Firms Ranked
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Individual Lawyer rankings

Our in-depth research runs from March to November.

Latest Legal News: Chambers Europe

Ukraine Overview
The Chambers Europe team provide an insight into the legal market in Ukraine and share the thoughts of several Ukrainian law firms who Jurgita Meskauskaite and Abigail Keane interviewed in April and September 2022.

Barcelona Research Update
The Chambers Europe Team share an update on researching legal professionals and firms in Barcelona.

Meet the Research Team – Chambers Europe
Hear from the Research Team in the Chambers Europe Team on their roles, experiences and what areas of research they are responsible for.

From Submission to Ranking: Chambers Explained – Europe 2024 – Q&A
The Chambers Europe team share the answers to questions asked during the Submission to Ranking: Chambers Explained Europe webinar, providing details and insights into all things relating to submissions and referees. 

The Current State of Competition Authorities
The Chambers Europe team investigate the state of Competition Law in France and the regulations across this area of French law.

Market Trends in Switzerland
Discover recent legal trends in the Swiss legal market and find out how law firms are handling topics such as gender diversity and corporate social responsibility.

Luxembourg Market Trends
The Chambers Europe team provides an analysis of the most recent legal trends across the Luxembourg market including the importance of the investment funds market, regulatory changes and more.

The top law firms across European Commission Competition legal matters
Learn about Chambers coverage of the top law firms and lawyers working on European Commission Competition legal matters and how to analyse our market-leading legal rankings.

Key ranking statistics from Chambers Europe 2022
Find out which law firms have the highest number of department rankings in the 2022 release of the guide and further analysis of their legal coverage and insights.

Chambers Europe 2022 D&I Highlights
Discover which jurisdictions have seen the most significant growth in lawyers identified as female and what Chambers Europe Team is doing to ensure accurate capture of diversity data in our research.

Gender Diversity in Netherlands Employment: Chambers Europe 2022
Has the number of female lawyers ranked in the practice area of Employment in the Netherlands increased since 2018? Gain an insight into the key ranking statistics around this and an analysis of the proportion of female lawyers ranked in Benelux Employment for the 2022 release of Chambers Europe.

Meet the EMEA Research Team
Get to know the EMEA Research Team responsible for both the Chambers Global Guide and Chambers Europe Guide.

Social Media and its Impact on Employment Law
Following the suspension of members of the England Cricket team for offensive social media posts, this article looks at how Social Media has changed Employment Law and examines legal cases in which employees were dismissed for social posts. Can employers act on social media posts made by their employees? Read now for further insights.

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Trends and Highlights from the German Legal Market
Chambers Europe Deputy Editor, Frida Sjostedt recently wrote for a leading German publication sharing some key findings from the Chambers Europe research. Read what these key highlights and trends were.

Diversity and Inclusion Highlights for Chambers Europe 2021
Furthering Diversity and Inclusion is an important area of focus for Chambers. Gain insights into how the Chambers Europe team worked to ensure D&I was key and included in this year’s rankings and view the key highlights and results.

Female Lawyers in Romania
The Romanian jurisdiction has a decade-long history of standing out among the other European countries for the presence of a high number of female lawyers within the legal profession and, consequently, our rankings.

Submissions for Chambers Europe 2022
For firms looking to rank in the next edition of the Chambers Europe guide, find out upcoming submission deadlines and advice and answers to the most frequently asked questions around submissions.

Meet the Chambers Legal Research Team

Marlene Hermann
EMEA Research Director
Oversees: Europe-wide
Contact Marlene
Kate Read
Head of Europe
Oversees: Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland
Contact Kate
Charline Thiebault
Practice Area Specialist
Oversees: France, Francophone Africa, Haiti, Monaco
Contact Charline
Michael Foulkes
Practice Area Specialist
Oversees : EMEA Competition, UK Competition, including the Bar
Contact Michael
Magdalena Parkitna
Research Manager
Oversees: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Kosovo, Montenegro, Moldova, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, Angola, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawai, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, São Tomé e Principe, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Contact Magda
Frida Sjostedt
Research Manager
Oversees: Austria, CEE-wide, Czech Republic, Germany, Liechtenstein, Malta, Slovakia
Contact Frida
Thomas Green
Research Manager
Oversees: Baltic States, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden
Contact Thomas
Laurence Mussett
Research Manager
Oversees: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Dutch Caribbean, Falkland Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, US Virgin Islands, Greece, Italy, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Palestine, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Qatar, Yemen
Contact Laurence
Jurgita Meskauskaite
Research Manager
Oversees: Andorra, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Spain (incl. Barcelona), Ukraine
Contact Jurgita
Lee Pechtl
Practice Area Specialist
Oversees : Banking and Finance
Contact Lee

About our Legal Rankings

Our legal rankings are based on in-depth analysis and research, conducted by our experienced team of Research Analysts, who conduct interviews with law firm clients/referees which helps us understand the views and experiences of clients for the legal work submitting firms provided. 

For more information on our methodology and insights into our submissions process, please visit our methodology page.

Guide Resources

Chambers Europe 2024 Submissions process

Discover the value of ranking with Chambers and advice on how to successfully submit

How-to: Chambers Europe FAQs

Find the answers to questions submitted during the How-to webinar.