Most Frequently Recommended
Rating & Methodology
The identification of leading practitioners and firms is based upon comprehensive survey work across the country, which has been ongoing since 1994. The process targets lawyers acknowledged as leaders in their respective fields, lawyers prominent in professional organizations, and lawyers otherwise enjoying significant recognition from their colleagues.
Certain surveys also canvass corporate counsel. Again this year, corporate counsels were formally surveyed in the following practice areas: Banking; Computer & IT Law; Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Finance & Securities; Litigation – Corporate Commercial; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Mergers & Acquisitions; and Property Development.
On our surveys, Lexpert® sets out a list of the lawyers represented in the previous year's directories, with room for write-in votes. Lawyers on the list who garner insufficient votes are not named in the surveys in the following year, while write-ins who receive sufficient support do appear as named nominees on the following year's surveys.
The surveying does not proceed by way of random, unsolicited mailings. Lexpert® follows up on unanswered surveys and also conducts personal interviews with senior members of the profession.
These methods have produced an unusually high response rate, ranging from 40 per cent to 80 per cent. In 2012, Lexpert® made 9,993 requests for completed surveys from lawyers at law firms, and 7,020 additional requests were sent to corporate counsel. We received 8,105 completed surveys from law firm practitioners representing a response rate of 81.11 per cent. Our response rate from corporate counsel was 2.88 per cent.