Anyone can submit an entry, as long as they or the firm/company they are entering meet the criteria for the relevant category. There is also only one entry per firm/company per award and it is not permissible to enter the same submission or matter in more than one category.

The time period covered by entries should be the 12 months prior to the entry deadline. While projects and legal work may be ongoing, the bulk of the activity submitted for consideration must have taken place within this time period. With the exception of the International Law Firm Award, a substantial part of the initiative or project cited in the entry must relate to activity undertaken in the UK or by UK-based personnel.

Covering Statement & Evidence

Your 800 word statement is your entry. It must 'tell the story' while also seeking to cover the specific criteria as set out in each category.

The weakest part of many entries is often the failure to include clear evidence of achievement or explanation of why the achievement was significant or innovative. The judges will be harsh on entries that do not include clear statements of objectives and targets supported by evidence that these targets were reached. For example, if business growth is the target, achievement of it should be demonstrated in measurable terms.

All the information contained in the entries that is marked confidential will remain so, and will not be released without the permission of the entrant.

Supporting Material

There is a strict limit of one piece of supporting material per entry. It is not obligatory to include supporting material - indeed it could count against you if the material is not pertinent to the entry. If you do include such material (which must be in digital form) please refer to it in your covering statement.