Categories & Criteria

The British Legal Awards 2020 Categories

Due to overwhelming demand, we have extended the deadline to July 7

(Click individual category to expand and see criteria.)

Teams of the Year

Eligibility
Open to UK-based ECM teams. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single piece of work in the field of competition or regulation that has a significant UK element to it and that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services, thereby demonstrating the firm’s market-leading position. They should summarise the key features of what was involved, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Project management skills
  - Teamwork
  - Client satisfaction and value for money

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Describe the transaction and why it was important.
  2. What was your team’s role on the deal or case, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working.
  3. Provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make?
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.
Eligibility
Open to UK-based energy and infrastructure teams. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single energy and infrastructure deal that has a significant UK element to it and that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services, thereby demonstrating the firm’s market-leading position. They should summarise the deal’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Project management skills
  - Teamwork
  - Client satisfaction and value for money

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Describe the deal and why it was important.
  2. What was your team’s role in the deal, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working.
  3. Provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make?
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.
Eligibility
Open to UK-based restructuring teams. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single restructuring deal or case that has a significant UK element to it and that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services, thereby demonstrating the firm’s market-leading position. They should summarise the deal or case’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Project management skills
  - Teamwork
  - Client satisfaction and value for money

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Describe the deal or case and why it was important.
  2. What was your team’s role on the deal or case, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working.
  3. Provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make?
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.
Eligibility
Open to TMT teams. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single deal or case that has a significant UK element to it and that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services, thereby demonstrating the firm’s market-leading position. They should summarise the deal’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Project management skills
  - Teamwork
  - Client satisfaction and value for money

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Describe the deal or case and why it was important.
  2. What was your team’s role on the deal or case, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working.
  3. Provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make?
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.
Eligibility
Open to life sciences teams. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single deal or case that has a significant UK element to it and that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services, thereby demonstrating the firm’s market-leading position. They should summarise the deal’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Project management skills
  - Teamwork
  - Client satisfaction and value for money

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Describe the deal or case and why it was important.
  2. What was your team’s role on the deal or case, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working.
  3. Provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make?
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.

Eligibility
Open to UK-based M&A teams. Law firms can only enter one of the M&A categories and are restricted to submitting one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single M&A deal which has a significant UK element to it and that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services, thereby demonstrating the firm’s market-leading position. You should summarise the deal’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Project management skills
- Team working
- Client satisfaction and value for money

Please include the following information:
- Describe the deal and why it was important.
- What was your team’s role on the deal, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working.
- Provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make?

Eligibility
Open to UK-based property teams. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single property deal that has a significant UK element to it and that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services, thereby demonstrating the firm’s market-leading position. They should summarise the deal’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Project management skills
  - Teamwork
  - Client satisfaction and value for money

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Describe the deal and why it was important.
  2. What was your team’s role on the deal or case, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working.
  3. Provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make?
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.
Eligibility
Open to UK-based litigation and dispute resolution teams. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single case that has a significant UK element to it and that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services, thereby demonstrating the firm’s market-leading position. They should summarise the case's key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Project management skills
  - Teamwork
  - Client satisfaction and value for money

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Describe the case and why it was important.
  2. What was your team’s role on the case, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working.
  3. Provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make?
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.
Eligibility
Open to UK-based private client teams. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single case or project that has a significant UK element to it and that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services, thereby demonstrating the firm’s market-leading position. They should summarise the case or project’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Project management skills
  - Teamwork
  - Client satisfaction and value for money

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Describe case or project and why it was important.
  2. Explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working.
  3. Provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make?
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.
Eligibility
Open to international based private client teams that are not headquartered in the UK but which have substantial operations in the UK, therefore demonstrating their commitment to the British legal market.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single case or project that has a significant UK element to it and that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services, thereby demonstrating the firm’s market-leading position. They should summarise the case or project’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Project management skills
  - Teamwork
  - Client satisfaction and value for money

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Describe case or project and why it was important.
  2. Explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working.
  3. Provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make?
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.
Eligibility
Open to teams of lawyers specialising in disputes that require resolution, whether through litigation or other means.

Criteria
  1. Please provide details of the most notable case, explaining its significance, the key legal issues involved and innovation that is different to competitors
  2. Highlight the team’s range of skills, and explain how it interacts with colleagues in commercial litigation and non-contentious fields.
  3. Demonstrate how the team attract and secure new client relationships in this specialist field.
Eligibility
Open to UK based teams within law firms. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries must convince the judges that they provided exceptional service to a client or number of clients over the past 12-18 months.

The judges will expect to see evidence of:
- Specific cases where a client was facing a crisis and needed careful guidance from their lawyers
- The scale of the threat posed by the crisis
- Innovative advice provided
- Media strategies that were put in place to help manage the client’s reputation
- Steps taken on social media to help the client’s reputation

The submission should highlight cases and information that best exemplify the firm's performance. Objective data and research that support the entry will be looked on favourably by the judges. The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

Please include the following information:
  1. Briefly describe your firm’s expertise in this area, including size, history and geographical reach of expertise.
  2. Outline your firm’s success in this field with evidence that could include financial data, client wins, flagship mandates and other relevant developments, such as partner hires, investment in new technology, client feedback programmes etc.
  3. Feedback: provide one written reference from an executive from within your company.
Eligibility
Open to UK-based banking and finance teams. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single banking or finance deal that has a significant UK element to it and that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services, thereby demonstrating the firm’s market-leading position. They should summarise the deal’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Project management skills
  - Teamwork
  - Client satisfaction and value for money

Please include the following information:
  1. Describe the deal and why it was important.
  2. What was your team’s role on the deal or case, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working.
  3. Provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make?

There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.

Eligibility
Open to UK-based private equity teams. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a private equity deal or fundraising/secondaries transaction that has a significant UK element to it and that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services, thereby demonstrating the firm’s market-leading position. They should summarise the deal’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Project management skills
- Team working
- Client satisfaction and value for money

Please include the following information:
  1. Describe the deal/transaction and why it was important.
  2. What was your team’s role on the deal, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working.
  3. Provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make?

There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.

Firms of the Year

Eligibility
Open to regional or national UK law firms.

Entry criteria
Entries must convince the judges that they are not only leaders in their chosen markets, but that they have made significant progress over the past 12-18 months.

The judges will expect to see evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Strategic vision
  - Business winning
  - Client care (including measures relating to efficiency and cost effectiveness of service delivery)
  - Employee development
  - Sustainable improvements in financial performance
  - A commitment to CSR

The submission should highlight deals, cases, client wins and initiatives that best exemplify the firm's performance. Objective data and research that support the entry will be looked on favourably by the judges.

Please include the following information:
  1. Provide a brief overview of your firm, including its size, history, number of offices and key practice areas.
  2. Outline your firm’s strategy: include goals and key milestones. With reference to this strategy, please provide evidence that it is succeeding, including financial data, flagship deals, client wins and other relevant developments eg. partner hires, investment in new technology, client feedback programmes etc.
  3. How is your firm excelling in the fields of employee development and CSR?
Eligibility
Entry for this award is open to international law firms that are not headquartered in the UK but which have substantial operations in the UK, therefore demonstrating their commitment to the British legal market.

Entry criteria
Entries must focus on the firm’s UK practice and convince the judges that they are not only leaders in their chosen markets, but that they have made significant progress over the past 12-18 months.

The judges will expect to see evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Strategic vision
  - Business winning
  - Client care (including measures relating to efficiency and cost effectiveness of service delivery)
  - Employee development
  - Sustainable improvements in financial performance
  - A commitment to CSR

The submission should highlight deals, cases, client wins and initiatives that best exemplify the firm's performance in the UK. Objective data and research that support the entry will be looked on favourably by the judges.

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Provide a brief overview of your firm, including its size, history, the size of its UK office, number of offices in total and key practice areas.
  2. Outline your firm’s strategy: include goals and key milestones. With reference to this strategy, please provide evidence that it is succeeding, including financial data, flagship deals, client wins and other relevant developments eg. partner hires, investment in new technology, client feedback programmes etc.
  3. How is your firm excelling in the fields of employee development and CSR?
 
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.
Eligibility
Open to UK-based boutique law firms.
 
Entry criteria
Entries must convince the judges that they are not only leaders in their chosen markets, but that they have made significant progress over the past 12-18 months.

The judges will expect to see evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Strategic vision
  - Business winning
  - Client care (including measures relating to efficiency and cost effectiveness of service delivery)
  - Employee development
  - Sustainable improvements in financial performance
  - A commitment to CSR

The submission should highlight deals, cases, client wins and initiatives that best exemplify the firm's performance. Objective data and research that support the entry will be looked on favourably by the judges.

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Provide a brief overview of your firm, including its size, history, number of offices and key practice areas.
  2. Outline your firm’s strategy: include goals and key milestones. With reference to this strategy, please provide evidence that it is succeeding, including financial data, flagship deals, client wins and other relevant developments eg. partner hires, investment in new technology, client feedback programmes etc.
  3. How is your firm excelling in the fields of employee development and CSR?
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.

Eligibility
Open to law firms that conduct a significant amount of transatlantic work across a number or practice areas and have a significant physical transatlantic presence.

Entry criteria
Entries must convince the judges that they are not only leaders in their chosen fields of practice, but that they have also made significant progress over the past 12-18 months.

The judges will expect to see evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Strategic vision
- Business winning
- Client care (including measures relating to efficiency & cost effectiveness of service delivery)
- Employee development
- Sustainable improvements in financial performance
- A commitment to CSR

The submission should highlight deals, cases, client wins and initiatives that best exemplify the firm's performance. Objective data and research that support the entry will be looked on favourably by the judges. The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

  1. Firm profile - provide a brief overview of your firm, including its size, history, number of offices and key practice areas.
  2. Strategy and milestones - outline your firm’s transatlantic strategy: include goals and key milestones. With reference to your strategy, please provide evidence that it is succeeding, including financial data, flagship deals, client wins and other relevant developments eg. partner hires, investment in new technology, client feedback programmes etc.
  3. Employee development and CSR - how is your firm excelling in the fields of employee development and CSR?
Eligibility
Open to UK-based law firms, legal departments, the UK offices of international firms and other providers of legal services.

Entry criteria
The judges will be looking for an ambitious project or initiative that has effectively delivered its objectives. This could be an international, national or local project. The entry should describe the project, explain its significance, set out its goals and provide hard evidence that these goals have been achieved, or are being achieved.

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Define the project or initiative’s scope: include timelines, goals and team members. It is acceptable for the entry to focus on a particular stage of a long-term project.
  2. How successful was the implementation of this project or initiative? Was it within budget and delivered in time? What have been its benefits? Please provide hard evidence that goals have – or are being – achieved.
  3. Feedback. Please provide an appropriate written reference that illustrates the success of this project.
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.

Individual Awards (Open to In-House & Private Practice)

Eligibility
This award sets out to identify the partners & GCs of tomorrow and is open to lawyers who will be aged under 40 as of 19th November 2020. Only one entry is permitted for each firm/company.

Entry criteria
The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  - Troubleshooting and legal skills
  - Client satisfaction
  - Leadership
  - Strategic vision
  - Contribution to the wider community

The submission should highlight concrete - and preferably measurable - ways in which the entrant has contributed to the success of his or her firm/company.

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Name, title and firm/company
  2. Role - describe your role, number of years of post-qualification experience and areas of responsibility. 
  3. Achievements - how have you excelled in your role? You should provide evidence of your leadership ability, strategic vision, troubleshooting and legal skills, client satisfaction and contribution to the success of the business and the wider community. 
  4. Feedback - provide one written reference from an executive from within your firm/company. 
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.
This award aims to celebrate the importance of mentoring in the industry by highlighting one person who has supported an individual throughout the year to help them achieve success in the profession, or has a track record of mentoring people throughout their career.

Eligibility
Open to individuals who have mentored a person during the last year or have a proven track record of mentoring.

Entry Criteria
Entries must convince judges that they have mentored an individual during the year to help them achieve success in several areas, or have a proven track record of mentoring individuals in the past.

The judges will expect to see evidence of how the entrant has mentored individuals. Please include details of: how you structured your mentorship, how often you met/ spoke to your mentee, how you identified your mentee’s aims, how you supported them in specific areas, what they have achieved with your support.

The submission should include the following details:
  1. Your profile - provide a brief profile and details of any mentor positions you have held.
  2. Strategy and milestones - how you have viewed and structured your mentor responsibilities. Why is being a mentor important to you? How have you supported mentees? What opportunities have you introduced them to?
  3. Please provide a supporting statement by an individual you have mentored.

Not Open for Entries

Not open for entries. These awards will be announced at the award ceremony.
Not open for entries. These awards will be announced at the award ceremony.
Not open for entries. These awards will be announced at the award ceremony.
Not open for entries. These awards will be announced at the award ceremony.
Not open for entries. These awards will be announced at the award ceremony.

GLL In-House Awards

Eligibility
Open to UK-based in-house legal departments in the commerce and industry sector.

Entry criteria
The judges will expect to see evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Strategic vision
  - Teamwork
  - Client satisfaction
  - Employee development
  - Contribution to the success of the business
  - Efficiency

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Briefly describe your company and outline the areas of responsibility of the legal department (include business units and regions).
  2. How many lawyers does the department employ and how is the team structured?
  3. How has your department excelled across the full spectrum of in-house responsibilities? You should provide evidence of: legal expertise and innovation; strategic vision; teamwork; client satisfaction; employee development; contribution to the success of the business; and efficiency. Be sure to give concrete examples of how you have helped your company achieve its strategic objectives.
  4. Feedback: provide one written reference from an executive from within your company.
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.
Eligibility
Open to in-house legal departments in financial services companies that are based in the UK.

Entry criteria
The judges will expect to see evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Strategic vision
  - Teamwork
  - Client satisfaction
  - Employee development
  - Contribution to the success of the business
  - Efficiency

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Briefly describe your company and outline the areas of responsibility of the legal department (include business units and regions).
  2. How many lawyers does the department employ and how is the team structured?
  3. How has your department excelled across the full spectrum of in-house responsibilities? You should provide evidence of: legal expertise and innovation; strategic vision; teamwork; client satisfaction; employee development; contribution to the success of the business; and efficiency. Be sure to give concrete examples of how you have helped your company achieve its strategic objectives.
  4. Feedback: provide one written reference from an executive from within your company.
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.
Eligibility
Open to UK-based in-house legal departments in the TMT sector.

Entry criteria
The judges will expect to see evidence of:
  - Legal expertise and innovation
  - Strategic vision
  - Teamwork
  - Client satisfaction
  - Employee development
  - Contribution to the success of the business
  - Efficiency

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Briefly describe your company and outline the areas of responsibility of the legal department (include business units and regions).
  2. How many lawyers does the department employ and how is the team structured?
  3. How has your department excelled across the full spectrum of in-house responsibilities? You should provide evidence of: legal expertise and innovation; strategic vision; teamwork; client satisfaction; employee development; contribution to the success of the business; and efficiency. Be sure to give concrete examples of how you have helped your company achieve its strategic objectives.
  4. Feedback: provide one written reference from an executive from within your company.
There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.
Eligibility
Open to UK-based in-house legal departments in the life sciences sector.

Entry criteria
The judges will expect to see evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Strategic vision
- Teamwork
- Client satisfaction
- Employee development
- Contribution to the success of the business
- Efficiency

Please include the following information:
  1. Briefly describe your company and outline the areas of responsibility of the legal department (include business units and regions).
  2. How many lawyers does the department employ and how is the team structured?
  3. How has your department excelled across the full spectrum of in-house responsibilities? You should provide evidence of: legal expertise and innovation; strategic vision; teamwork; client satisfaction; employee development; contribution to the success of the business; and efficiency. Be sure to give concrete examples of how you have helped your company achieve its strategic objectives.
  4. Feedback: provide one written reference from an executive from within your company.

There is a strict limit of 800 words. If uploading your entry as a document please provide the word count.

Open to UK-based legal departments.

Entry criteria:
Entries for this award should focus on projects that demonstrate innovative and/or collaborative working cross-organisation.

The judges will expect to see evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Teamwork (both within and outside of the legal function)
- Contribution to the success of the business
- Efficiency
- Strategic vision
- Client Satisfaction

Please include the following information:
  1. Please provide examples of collaboration with the wider functions of the organisation, as well as within the legal function.
  2. Evidence of the legal functions ability to adapt and innovate to the current needs of the organisation.
  3. How the innovative solution has improved efficiency and ultimately client service provision?
  4. Show how the team members have worked as change agents and creatively challenged the status quo.