Benchmark Litigation, the international legal directory focused on dispute resolution, has launched a new publication focused on the Chinese market.
June 2021 saw the release of the inaugural edition of Benchmark Litigation China, which provides in-depth coverage of the disputes market across different cities and provinces within China.
Benchmark Litigation China offers bilingual analysis of six major regions – Beijing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Western China (Sichuan and Chongqing) and Zhejiang.
Among the ranking categories covered are commercial disputes, international arbitration, construction/real estate, and intellectual property.
In total the first edition of Benchmark China ranks 68 different law firms and 111 lawyers (96 litigation “stars” and 15 “future stars”).
Benchmark China publisher William Lo commented:
“The dispute resolution market is growing rapidly in the Asia Pacific region and China has always been one of the most dynamic disputes markets.
Since Benchmark’s inception, we’ve received high demand from international and domestic buyers of legal services to cover the complexities of the dispute resolution market within China.
While readers are currently able to obtain ample information and guidance via Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific guide, which looks at firms and lawyers in China at a national level, there are a few reasons a user may choose not to.
Firstly, breadth of coverage across the whole region in China. Leading lawyers and law firms that make it to the Benchmark APAC rankings tend to be based in Beijing or Shanghai.
Secondly, cost. Benchmark APAC rankings reflect the best firms and lawyers as a whole, and this is reflected in the legal fees charged.
Lastly, lawyers at a city/provincial level have a better understanding of local/regional policies and they have better interpersonal relationships with local governments, courts and regulatory agencies.”
Benchmark entered the market in 2008 as a US litigation-only directory.
Since then, the publisher – Euromoney’s Legal Media Group – has added numerous regional editions such as dedicated guides for Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
In 2013 Benchmark extended its franchise into Asia with the launch of Benchmark Asia-Pacific.
Benchmark has editorial staff on the ground in Hong Kong (as well as New York and London), which help to compile the rankings.
Benchmark conducts its research through interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists, and their clients, to identify the leading litigators and firms.
During these interviews, Benchmark staff examine casework handled by law firms and ask litigators to provide their professional opinions on peers and practitioners within their jurisdiction or practice area.
Pictured: Shanghai skyline, taken by Lloyd Pearson in 2018