Lateral moves

Comparison tables

Managing your next career move

WHAT next? You've made it onto the BigLaw ladder. Your next move should be strategic and based on detailed insights and analysis. On this page we bring together the tools to help you make the right move.

Changing practice areas

Practice area choices

Guides to 48 areas of legal practice

We interview expert associates and partners, who share their career stories, bring their practice areas to life, and give vivid accounts of the highs and the lows.





Choosing a practicePractice area comparison

We asked thousands of junior associates to tell us about their practice groups. After crunching some data we picked out some trends that might help your decision-making.



The Chambers Associate satisfaction surveys

Survey leaders

The most satisfied associates

Associates rate their firms on all the variables that make lawyers happy. We list the top performers

Career opportunities survey

Law at the top is hard work, that's a given – but the opportunities to do exciting work which you enjoy, to develop along with a group of peers and to forge a lasting career provide the counter balance. Which firms do best on this front?

Retention survey

Careers at BigLaw firms can be nonsensically short – but they don't have to be. Associates rate their firms on the factors that prevent juniors rushing for the exit.

Benefits and lifestyle survey

Are a bumper pay packet and a good work-life balance mutually exclusive? Can jet-setting and flexible working policies compensate for long hours? We asked associates to rate their firms on the factors that impact their lifestyle. 

The best firms for pro bono

Many firms scoring highly in our pro bono survey are those with a legacy of focusing on litigation...

The best firms for diversity

"it’s about creating a culture where diversity is normalized." The market leaders show us how to achieve progress.  

Chambers and Partners
The industry standard for law firm rankings. Search by practice area and location