Why choose a Legal 500 or Chambers and Partners listed law firm [Updated Sept 2020]

Every autumn, two major publications rank lawyers in the UK through independently researched interviews with clients, partners and the firms themselves. The new Legal 50 ranking is due to be published on Weds 30 September 2020 with the Chambers and Partners listing announced in mid October 2020.

In this updated article, we share why these ranking, originally designed to help legal professionals, also help you find the expert, experienced and respected law firms for your divorce or family issue.


Choosing the right family law firm

Choosing the right law firm for your family law matter or divorce can be difficult, especially if you’ve not needed a lawyer before.

  • Personal recommendations are always good, but what if nobody in your circle of friends or family has used a solicitor recently? Or if they had a bad experience themselves?
  • You might opt to look at third party review sites, but how accurate are they and can you trust them?
  • With several legal firms to choose from in one given area, how do they compare one to the other?

This is where choosing a Legal 500 or Chambers listed law firm can help you decide who might be right for your case, before you even contact them.


What are the Legal 500 and Chambers?

The Legal 500 and Chambers are long-established, highly respected guides to the best law firms in the UK. Originally published in book form, both guides are now online and free for anyone to view at any time. They are used extensively by the legal profession and by the public to find the most suitable firm for a particular case prior to a meeting or instruction.

The directory section gives details of the firm. The editorial section is written by the guide, based on its extensive research (see below).

As Chambers and Partners explain:

“If you are buying legal services in the UK and need reliable and up-to-date recommendations on the best law firms and lawyers, (our) rankings and research will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.”

(Chambers and Partners)

Independent assessments that money can’t buy

These guides are independent, and no firm can simply buy inclusion. To be listed, the law firm must submit a very detailed application. This is then followed up by extensive research by the guide’s independent assessors. Only if the guides consider a law firm to be of the standards required will the firm be included.

“All editorial comments and listings are completely independent and no firm has been able to secure its inclusion within the editorial sections through payment.”

(Legal 500)

“Chambers identifies the best law firms globally, whether they are multi-national or boutique. We have evolved our process to accommodate as many top small and boutique firms for ranking consideration as possible.”

(Chambers and Partners)

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If you like what these guides say and wish to meet us for yourself, call us for an appointment or book your initial 1 hour consultation with free 30 minute included.


How UK law firms are researched

Both guides undertake extensive research to help them assess a firm.

The Legal 500 requests specific details of work from the firm itself, much of which is not available in the public domain. This is cross-referenced by in person or telephone interviews with specialist attorneys and key figures in the key areas the firm specialises in (family law and divorce in our case).

It’s an involved and in-depth process that takes up to six month or more, as

“Interviews are conducted by experienced journalists and researchers with a considerable depth of market knowledge.”

(Legal 500)

Chambers and Partners assess via a range of criteria including:

  • Technical legal ability
  • Client service
  • Commercial vision and business understanding
  • Diligence
  • Value for money
  • Depth of team

Client feedback

Both guides also contact a selection of our clients and business connections requesting their honest feedback on LGFL and the lawyers they have instructed, namely Rita or Anne. (We check clients are OK to be contacted in advance, of course.)


How law firms are ranked

Each ranks a law firm and their individual lawyers according to their performance, strengths and the quality of their work. Legal firms can achieve higher rankings through sustained growth, excellent customer service and high quality casework. The same applies to individual lawyers.


Legal 500 Ranking and Editorial

In the Legal 500 guide, legal firms such as ours are ranked within a geographical area against other firms. So, in the 2020 edition:

  • LGFL Ltd are a Tier 3 Private Client legal firm for the Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 region (a vast area!). We entered at Tier 3 in our first ranking.
  • Both Rita and Anne are Recommended Lawyers.

In the 2020 edition, LGFL maintains its Tier 3 status as a Leading Firm in Family Law, and both Directors are once again Recommended Lawyers.

"Leiper Gupta Family Lawyers Ltd (LGFL Ltd)'s boutique, partner-led practice - which is known for providing a service 'on par with any of the top City family law firms' - is led by the 'insightful' and 'tenacious' Anne Leiper and Rita Gupta, who 'delivers a "Rolls-Royce" service'. The firm, which was established in 2008, works with 'well-heeled, high net worth clients' seeking assistance in contentious family and private child law matters, as well as advising on divorce proceedings and complex financial arrangements."

The testimonials that the Legal 500 researched from our clients are exceptional - find them in full on our LGFL Legal 500 profile page.

Chambers and Partners Ranking and Editorial

In Chambers and Partners, legal firms are ranked within the geographical area of Reading and surrounds, and in the category Family/Matrimonial, which is more specific than just Private Client.

In the 2020 edition:

  • LGFL Ltd is a Band 2 legal firm.
  • Rita Gupta is a Recognised Practitioners.

Here’s how Chambers and Partners describe us for 2020:

One client comments: "The partners have complementary skills and a great personal touch, making them easy to work with," adding: "They listen to you and respond." Another client adds: "The whole team is very helpful and friendly, and its service has been very good throughout the matter."


Only the best are included

Many law firms apply year after year to these guides before they might be finally accepted and included. We were thrilled that we were accepted by both guides at our first submission, and have been included in subsequent editions since 2017.

So, when you choose a listed law firm like LGFL or individual lawyer such as Rita or Anne, the guides have already done the hard work of researching us, assessing our strengths, and ranking us in our respective fields and geographical areas.


New 2021 editions launch dates

The new editions of each guide will be launched on the following dates:

Legal 500 - Weds 23rd September 2020

Chambers and Partners – week of 12th October 2020

Click on the links after these dates to see our new 2021 rankings and editorial.