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Halsbury Legal Awards Categories



Law Firm of the Year - London

This award will go to a London-based law firm that demonstrates all-round outstanding performance. The judges may consider any relevant evidence, including (but not limited to) commercial growth and success in the relevant market, achievement in specific matters, client and staff satisfaction or recommendation, innovation and enterprise, and contribution to the law and the legal profession.
For the purposes of this award, a firm will be taken to be based in London if its largest or principal office is in London.
 

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Law Firm of the Year - Regional

This award will go to a law firm based outside London that demonstrates all-round outstanding performance. The judges may consider any relevant evidence, including (but not limited to) commercial growth and success in the relevant market, achievement in specific matters, client and staff satisfaction or recommendation, innovation and enterprise, and contribution to the law and the legal profession.
For the purposes of this award, a firm will be taken to be based outside London if its largest or principal office is outside London.
 

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Chambers of the Year - London

This award will go to chambers which can show the best all-round performance in its chosen area of practice. The category is open to London sets, civil and criminal alike. The judges may consider any relevant evidence, including (but not limited to): recognition of the chambers’ standing, the strength of the team, client satisfaction, a strong record in litigation – both generally and in specific matters, good organisation and management, and contribution to the law.
For the purposes of this award, chambers will be taken to be based in London if their largest or principal office is in London.
 

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Chambers of the Year - Regional

This award will go to chambers which can show the best all-round performance in its chosen area of practice. The category is open to chambers outside London, civil and criminal alike. The judges may consider any relevant evidence, including (but not limited to): recognition of the chambers’ standing, the strength of the team, client satisfaction, a strong record in litigation – both generally and in specific matters, good organisation and management, and contribution to the law.
For the purposes of this award, chambers will be taken to be based outside London if their largest or principal office is outside London.
 

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Legal Journalism Award

This award is open to an individual or team for achievement in legal journalism and comment, whether written – in newspapers, magazines, trade publications or on websites – or in broadcast media. The winners will have demonstrated the capacity to tackle complex issues in a manner that is accessible to legal professionals, or to members of the public, or to both; and success in bringing to public notice the legal issues and debates of the past year.
Equally the judges will be looking for insight, thought-leadership and analysis. Entrants should send no more than 5 examples of recent material. If it is not possible to provide these electronically, or to provide links to them, please ask for advice on the number of hard copies required.
 

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Pro Bono Team of the Year

This category is for law firms and other bodies which run Pro bono programmes and can demonstrate a full degree of commitment to supporting the communities in which they operate. The judges will consider any relevant evidence of: the nature and scale of a firm’s direct pro bono activity, both in the UK and elsewhere in the world; and the support which firms give to individuals and other organisations in that context.

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Development of Talent Award

This award will go to the law firm or other body demonstrating the best programme for the development of new and existing talent among its trainees, fee-earners and legal staff. Nominees should show evidence of a robust induction and training programme, pre-and post-qualification; wholehearted and imaginative delivery of continuing professional development; and a strong culture of personal and professional development both in the law and in the firm.

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In-house Team of the Year

This category is for the legal teams of companies and bodies other than law firms. The award will go to a team which has delivered an exceptional level of legal service to its business. The judges will consider any relevant evidence, including (but not limited to) evidence of: support for the business’s commercial goals; success or strong performance in negotiation; material contribution to the business’s operational efficiency or profitability; risk management and avoidance; and client satisfaction.

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Award for innovation: Firms

This award will go to a firm which has, through innovation, made a significant difference to its practice and its clients. The judges will be looking for evidence of original ideas – whether or not technology-based – which have improved speed or quality of service to clients; broadened the range of activity of the firm; increased operational efficiency; or raised the profile of the firm.

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Award for Innovation: The Bar

This award will go to chambers which have, through innovation, made a significant difference to their practice and their clients. The judges will be looking for evidence of original ideas – whether or not technology-based – which have improved speed or quality of service to clients; broadened the range of chamber’ activity; increased operational efficiency; or raised the profile of the set and its members.

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Award for Academic Contribution

This award will be presented to an individual or team who has made a significant impact on the academic development of the law and its study. Entries may come from any section of the legal community, and may encompass (for example) research, text-writing, partnership with government or other professions, or any other activity. Judges will be looking primarily for evidence of thought-leadership, which has materially contributed to the development of government or international legal policy, academic thinking or law in practice.

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Lifetime contribution award

This award recognises an individual who has made a sustained and significant impact in the law during the whole of their career, as opposed solely to achievements in the last year. The judges will consider the unique qualities which have earned this individual the respect of their colleagues and peers.
Nominees would most probably be put forward by their peers, though you may also nominate yourself. Nominations may also be put forward by the judges on the day, but a full written nomination is always preferable.
 

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Legal Personality of the Year

This award honours an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the legal sphere in the past year. The judges are looking primarily at the achievements in the last 12 months but will also consider success in previous years.
This is the award where judges are most likely to put the usual criteria to one side and choose a surprising winner in order to accurately reflect the most important legal issues of the year.
Nominees would most probably be put forward by their peers, though you may also nominate yourself. Nominations may also be put forward by the judges on the day, but a full written nomination is always preferable.
 

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Investment in Women in the Law

This award goes to the team or body that has demonstrated the greatest commitment to the development and advancement of women in their organisation or the legal community at large.
The judges will consider evidence which shows (but is not limited to) a strong professional development or mentoring programme;  commitment to opening up opportunities for women in their organisation by actively preventing barriers to entry and advancement; and success in developing innovative working models which deviate from the traditional norms of the industry. The nominee will show how women in their team have made a significant contribution to its success.
 

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Special "Rule of Law" Award

This award will be presented to an individual or team who has made the greatest contribution to promoting the rule of law, whether in the United Kingdom or abroad. Reflecting the huge level of global interest this award will demonstrate the winner’s commitment to the spread of fair and ordered government, law and justice. Nominees would most probably be put forward by their peers or colleagues, instructing solicitors or clerks, though you may also nominate yourself. Nominations may also be put forward by the judges on the day, but a full written nomination is always preferable.

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