In the recently published Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2014, Lifang has been ranked Band I law firm in intellectual property litigation, as the team is known for being “a substantial practice housing lawyers with solid backgrounds in science and technology. Admirable litigation expertise, and also provides a comprehensive coverage of non-contentious IP matters.” Client sources praise Lifang’s technical ability, saying “They were very professional and achieved a very ideal result for us: a very strong and well-organised team.” The team's strengths lie in that “They are adept at handling high-profile cases and know how to work with the Supreme Court, which is a rare quality amongst other firms.”
Among leading individuals, Xie Guanbin becomes the single lawyer listed in Band I. The Guide reads, the “very strategic, experienced and responsive” Xie Guanbin acts in all types of IP disputes and wins high praise for his advocacy skills. One client enthuses: “He is very strategic and is commercially aware. He always keeps our business objectives in mind and is solution-oriented.” Sun Xi is noted for his handling of various patent disputes for international clients last year. One client commends: “His dual background in chemistry and law is really useful when compiling evidence. His advice is very detailed and helpful: I think really highly of him.” Zhang Bin has acted in high-profile copyright infringement disputes of late. An interviewee says: “She has extensive experience in litigation and gives us well-structured and to-the-point advice.”
The Chambers Guides have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990, and now cover 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. Lifang has been ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific for consecutive years since it first took part in the survey in 2010. Lifang was shortlisted for Chambers China Awards for Excellence in 2013.