The legal sector contributes more than £20bn to the UK economy, £4bn of which is derived from exports. The 29 categories have been carefully chosen to reflect the variety of work undertaken by business lawyers working at law firms, legal departments, other providers of legal services and suppliers.
Key awards include The City of London Law Society Lifetime Achievement Award, Law Firm of the Year, General Counsel of the Year, Editor’s Award: Law Firm Leader of the Year and the new Legal Services Innovation Award, which will showcase the most cutting-edge developments within the legal sector.
We have also expanded the number of practice areas covered by the team awards, in recognition that deals and cases are the engine room of law firms. The team awards cover the following disciplines: M&A (large deal), M&A (medium-sized deal), private equity, banking and finance, restructuring, private client, property, energy and infrastructure, litigation and dispute resolution, regulatory and investigations, competition, commercial and TMT.
A major feature of these awards is the credibility of the judging process as the winners are decided by an independent judging panel, chaired by Alasdair Douglas, chairman of the City of London Law Society. The panel is made up of general counsel and other senior members of the legal community, including several former law firm managing partners.
This year’s ceremony will take place at Finsbury Square on Thursday 24 November 2016.
UK Law Firm of the Year
Harbottle & Lewis
Mills & Reeve
Mishcon de Reya
Stevens & Bolton