Categories & Criteria

The British Legal Awards 2019 Categories

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Eligibility
Entry for this award is open to international law firms that are not headquartered in Europe 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 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
This award is open to any woman working in or with the legal industry who has helped to contribute to the cause of promoting the interests of women in law. They do not have to be a lawyer. Only one entry is permitted for each firm/company.

Entry criteria
The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  - Success in highlighting the role women have to play in the industry
  - Recognition from peers/clients/colleagues
  - Supporting junior women within their business or more widely
  - Strategic vision for how the industry can improve to support women better

The submission should highlight concrete - and preferably measurable - ways in which the entrant has had a positive effect on women in the legal industry.

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 success I highlighting womens’ role in the industry, strategic vision for industry improvement, recognition from others and contribution to supporting other women in your 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.
Eligibility
This award is open to any private practice transactional lawyer working primarily in the U.K. Only one entry is permitted for each firm/company.

Entry criteria
The judges will be looking for evidence of:
  - Quantity and quality of deals advised on
  - Detail of the calibre and/or interesting nature of the clients advised
  - Troubleshooting and legal skills
  - Client satisfaction
  - Significance of the transaction/s

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 deal mandates, client quality, troubleshooting and legal skills, client satisfaction and contribution to the success of the deals as well as their wider significance. 
  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.
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 sets of chambers whose practices cover the fields of commercial, Chancery and other business-related areas of law.

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
  - A commitment to diversity and corporate social responsibility

The entry submission should highlight cases, client wins and initiatives that best exemplify the chambers' performance over the last 12-18 months.

Please include the following information:
 
  1. Provide a brief overview of your chambers, including its size, history and key practice areas.
  2. Outline the chambers’ strategy: include goals and key milestones. With reference to this strategy, please provide evidence that it is succeeding, including financial data, flagship cases and other relevant developments eg. new tenants, investment in new technology, client feedback programmes etc.
  3. How is your chambers 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
This award sets out to identify the Partners & GCs of tomorrow and is open to lawyers who will be aged under 40 as of 21 November 2019. 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.
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.
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 alternative service providers that have at least one office in the UK.

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 & 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. Firm profile - provide a brief overview of your firm’s practice, including its size, history, number of offices and key practice areas. 
  2. Strategy and milestones - outline your firm’s 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? 
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 law firms, legal departments, the UK offices of international firms and other providers of legal services.

Entry criteria
The judges will be looking for a technology project that has played a critical role in the improvement of the entity’s performance. The judges will look favourably upon imaginative, well-executed projects that are delivered on time and within budget. The entry submission should include evidence of the benefits that the project has brought to the firm or legal department.

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.
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 valued at £1bn or more, 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 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.
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 valued at less than £1bn, 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. 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 fund or 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 fund’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 fundraising/transaction and why it was important. 150 words
  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.
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 initial public offering or equity capital markets 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
  - 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 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 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 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 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 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 and 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 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 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.