Lawyer rankings either do not matter for litigation outcomes or are redundant


Chris Hanretty


March 17, 2016


I investigate the success of litigants in tax cases in England and Wales between 1996 and 2010. I explore the effect upon success of having better-ranked legal representation, according to rankings of barristers published by Chambers. I find that, for a variety of model specifications, there is no significant positive effect of having better-ranked legal representation. After conducting a sensitivity analysis, I conclude that better-ranked legal representation might have a positive effect on litigation outcomes, but only if better-ranked lawyers receive cases that are substantially more difficult to win. However, if better-ranked lawyers receive substantially more difficult cases, this suggests consumers of legal representation are sophisticated enough to dispense with legal rankings.


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Hanretty, Chris. 2016. “Lawyer Rankings Either Do Not Matter for Litigation Outcomes or Are Redundant.” International Journal of the Legal Profession 23 (2): 185–205.