Welcome to the ITR AwardsWorld Tax and World TP research process. This document should provide you with an overview of the methodology we use for the research process.

How to participate in the 2025 research

There is no fee to participate in the research, or to be ranked.

There are three steps to the submission process:

  • Download forms from our RESOURCES page
  • Upload the research form(s) and client information to our ONLINE PORTAL

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept client referees or submission forms by email as it contravenes our GDPR policy.

All submissions must be submitted via the above links.

Research Webinar

Our 2025 research webinar took place on 28 November, 2023. You can access a recording of it HERE.

World Tax Editor, Jon Moore discussed key dates, new developments, best practices, and more for this year's research cycle, and also how to amplify your firm's submission and benefit from a live Q&A.

VIEW WEBINAR RECORDING

Research timeline

 

RESEARCH LAUNCHED:

November 22, 2023

TAX RESEARCH WEBINAR:

November 28, 2023 - 15:00 GMT
VIEW HERE

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

March 14, 2024

PRACTITIONER SURVEY DEADLINE:

May 31, 2024

CLIENT FEEDBACK SURVEY DEADLINE:

May 31, 2024

RESEARCH RESULTS PUBLISHED:

Rankings: August 21, 2024

Individuals: August 28, 2024

If you need an extension to the submission deadline, please contact the editor, Jon Moore (jmoore@itrworldtax.com).

 

Research process

If you work for a tax practitioner that advises on matters covered by any of the categories below, you can participate in the research by completing a submission form.

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Customs
  • General corporate tax
  • Indirect tax
  • Private client
  • Real estate tax
  • Tax controversy
  • Transactional tax
  • Transfer pricing

 

MOST FIRMS SHOULD ONLY SUBMIT ONE FORM FOR 'TAX'.

YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR ALL RELEVANT PRACTICE AREAS INCLUDED ON THAT FORM.

PLEASE DO NOT UPLOAD THE SAME FORM IN MULTIPLE PRACTICE AREAS. IF EVERYTHING IS ONE FORM IT SHOULD BE SUBMITTED ONCE, FOR 'TAX'.

Additional practice area submissions are for additional submission forms only. This should be for firms that have different teams covering different practice areas. For example, several firms will have a Tax team and a separate Transfer Pricing team. They should submit one Tax submission and one Transfer Pricing submission.

WHERE THERE ARE MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS FOR THE SAME PRACTICE AREA, RESEARCHERS WILL ALWAYS TREAT THE MOST RECENT ONE AS THE CORRECT ONE AND DISREGARD THE OTHERS.

For example, if a firm uploads a Tax submission, but then wishes to make a change and resubmit it, the latest submission will be uploaded as Tax (1), Tax (2), etc. We will always treat the most recent submission as the correct one. 

If you wish to submit more than 15 matters for consideration then all additional submissions must be broken down by practice area. We do not accept multiple submissions for the same practice area.

  • Include up to 15 highlight deals per form. In the 2025 cycle, highlighted deals should be matters on which the firm has done substantial work since January 1, 2023, or which closed after that date.
  • Unlimited number of client referees accepted.
    • All provided referees will be contacted by e-mail to ask for feedback on companies’ and individual practitioners' work.

 

Client survey

  • We will contact all those individuals provided to us by email initially
  • They are invited to complete an online feedback survey
  • Those who supply referees will be contacted a week before we contact clients

This is the most important pillar in the process is the best way to affect your ranking. As such, we encourage those submitting to vet client referees before sending their contact details, to ensure they are both willing and able to provide the kind of effective feedback we are looking for in the research.

 

Practitioner survey

  • All senior tax or TP professionals encouraged to submit
  • Can highlight their own work
  • We also ask for recommendations for other firms and individuals they have worked with

PRACTITIONER SURVEY LAUNCHED MARCH 2024

 

Ranking Criteria

The guides are produced using our three foundational pillars of research:

Client feedback Practical evidence Peer feedback
The most important pillar, is sourced from those with direct practical experience of their markets; those who can give a first-hand review of the skills and abilities of those they worked with.
Gathered by our researchers from practices all over the world. We collect, collate and scrutinise the work of practitioners – both public and private – to gain a detailed understanding of their methods and capabilities.

Secured from the leading names in their respective fields, through surveys and direct interviews with partners, directors and managers, to get the market’s perspective on the rankings.

 

Our research teams combine these three sources – along with independent research – to produce the finished World Tax and World TP guides.

When you submit you should try and provide referees for all the individual practitioners you feel should be included in these guides. A practitioner working on significant matters who receives a reasonable amount of good client feedback is more likely to be included.

 

Leaders

For more information, see our Leaders page.