For its inaugural Black Rising Stars list, International has spent several months working alongside the top 50 law firms in the U.K. and the largest 25 U.S.-headquartered law firms in London to spotlight the best young Black talent in the U.K.’s corporate legal industry.

Competition was fierce and the judging process long and complex. Each candidate was assessed by the International editorial team on factors such as the quality of their client base, the size and complexity of deals they have worked on, client feedback and their commitment to innovation to pare down a list of nearly 40 stellar entries to 10 of the best lawyers who self-identify as Black.