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Law Awards of Scotland

The Law Awards of Scotland are the leading legal awards in bringing together the country’s most influential figures. Established in 2004, the awards have focused attention on the excellent quality of work being undertaken by Scotland’s most respected lawyers and law firms. They recognise and reward the best in-house teams, individuals, law firms and suppliers across Scotland.

The awards are judged by an independent judging panel that consist of industry experts and the event is promoted through The Herald’s leading business titles and online platforms and is positioned as the premium legal event in Scotland.

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WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT BROADCAST

Thursday November 18

WINNERS DINNER

Thursday November 25

Sponsors

We would like to thank our 2021 sponsors for their support.

Category Sponsors

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Event

The Herald Law Awards of Scotland took place on Thursday November 18 at 7pm where our winners were announced via a winners broadcast announcement which took place on The Herald Facebook page.

Following from this, we hosted a live winners dinner for our 2021 winners to accept their trophies and network with other winners, finalists, sponsors and like-minded individuals.

Our 2021 winners dinner will took place at voco Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow City Centre on Thursday November 25.

The winners dinner included a sparkling drinks reception, three-course meal with a 1/2 bottle of wine, entertainment, official event programme and the awards presentation.

HOST

Jennifer Reoch

Click here to download a list of previous finalists and winners.

Categories

Transactions Team of the Year

This category is open to firms or teams that focus specifically on transactions.

Entry Requirements:

  1. Examples of standout achievements across a wide range of disciplines within the finance industry including lending, debt capital, investment, acquisition finance and structured finance
  2. Details of significant cases and examples of excellence in legal practice
  3. Examples of achievements, as a result from expert knowledge and experience
High Street Firm of the Year

This category is open to firms across Scotland involved in traditional high street practice.

Entry requirements:

  1. Must be able to demonstrate a strategic vision for developing the firm
  2. Evidence of strong financial management
  3. Examples of success in chosen field of expertise
  4. Details of commitment given to staff development
Criminal Law Firm of the Year

This category is open to firms across Scotland that focus either specifically or mainly on criminal work. Entry requirements:

  1. Examples of success in the criminal law area
  2. Details of where innovation was used to deliver effective criminal legal services
  3. Evidence of successful achievement over the past 12 months
  4. Details of significant staff recruitment cases or promotions

This category is open to firms that are headquartered outside Scotland but which either have a strong presence inside Scotland OR can demonstrate significant success working on Scottish matters.

Entry requirements:

  1. Must be able to demonstrate the contribution the firm makes to the Scottish legal profession
  2. Evidence of work on Scottish matters. A Scottish matter is one that involves at least one significant Scottish party
  3. Details of commitment given to staff development in Scotland
  4. Details of the firm’s strategic vision for developing its Scottish practice

This category is open to independent law firms that are headquartered in Scotland.

Entry requirements:

  1. Details of a strategic vision that achieved significant success for your firm
  2. Evidence of strong financial performance
  3. Examples of success in your firm’s chosen field of expertise
  4. A demonstration of commitment to staff development
  5. Evidence of a commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession
Junior Solicitor of the Year

This category is open to solicitors with up to seven years of post-qualification experience.

Entry requirements (at least two):

  1. Must provide examples of how they have added value to their firm over and above normal working requirements
  2. Demonstrate professional development
  3. Provide examples of commercial awareness
  4. Provide examples of a significant contribution made to at least one innovative project

This category is open to solicitors with seven or more years of post-qualification experience.

Entry requirements (at least two):

  1. Evidence of significant legal skills and the ability to deliver legal services within chosen field
  2. Demonstrate innovative approaches to meeting client demands
  3. Examples of professional achievements from the past 12 months
  4. Provide examples of taking the lead on implementing at least one innovative project
Manager of the Year

This category is open to managing partners, chief executives or chairmen of law firms of any size that are either headquartered in Scotland or, if not headquartered in Scotland, have a significant presence in the Scottish market.

Entry requirements (at least three):

  1. Demonstrate successful experience in leadership,
  2. Evidence of strong financial management, including turning performance around
  3. Examples of delivering a consistent strategy
  4. Demonstrate leadership in staff development
  5. Examples of innovative solutions for develop the firm
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity
Silk of the Year

This category is open to all advocates of QC level.

Entry requirements:

  1. Evidence of longstanding success and career development
  2. Details of three significant cases led in the past 12 months
  3. Examples of contributions made to the legal profession as a whole
  4. A demonstration of professional development and successful partnerships
In-House Lawyer of the Year

This category is open to all in-house lawyers that work in the legal department of either a Scottish business or organisation OR a non-Scottish business or organisation that has a demonstrably strong presence in Scotland.

Entry requirements (at least two):

  1. A demonstration of individual strengths and recognised areas for development
  2. Examples of professional achievements from the past 12 months and areas recognised for career growth
  3. A demonstration of dedication and excellent work ethic while building client relations
  4. Details of how the individual has helped achieve results as part of a team initiative
In-House Team of the Year

This category is open to all that work in the legal department of either a Scottish business or organisation OR a non-Scottish business or organisation that has a demonstrably strong presence in Scotland.

Entry requirements (at least three):

  1. Evidence of an outstanding legal achievement from the past 12 months. Supporting evidence can include client testimonials
  2. Demonstrate how the legal department has contributed to the success of the wider business/organisation
  3. Evidence of strong leadership, including examples (where appropriate)
Private Client Team of the Year

This category is open to firms or teams that focus specifically on private client work.

Entry requirements:

  1. Examples of ground-breaking advice and client service solutions
  2. A demonstration of dedication for your practice area
  3. Evidence of success and development within the team

This category is open to firms or teams that focus specifically on litigation work.

Entry requirements:

  1. Details of significant cases and examples of excellence in legal practice
  2. Examples of the impact the litigation team’s performance has had on the firm’s financial growth
  3. Overview of the team structure
  4. Details of significant lateral recruitment cases and promotions

This category is open to firms or teams that focus specifically on debt recovery work.

Entry requirements:

  1. Details of significant cases and examples of excellence in legal practice
  2. Examples of the impact the insolvency team’s performance has had on the firm’s financial growth
  3. Overview of the team structure
  4. Details of significant lateral recruitment cases and promotions
Real Estate Team of the Year

This category is open to firms or teams that focus specifically on real estate work.

Entry requirements:

  1. Examples of successful real estate-related work including development or construction
  2. Details of a successful environmental or regeneration project
  3. A demonstration of successful cases and transactions in planning
CSR Award

This category is open to firms, faculties, in-house teams or legal societies/organisations that can demonstrate a clear commitment to corporate social responsibility.

Entry requirements:

  1. Clear and concise demonstration of your organisation’s CSR strategy, including how this involves staff and what activities are involved
  2. Details of your organisation’s financial investment towards your CSR strategy
  3. Examples of the tangible benefits to both the organisation and external parties involved in your CSR strategy
  4. Evidence of proven results that show your organisation’s investment has had a beneficial effect and achieved targets
  5. Examples of client and staff testimonials that value your activity
Pro-Bono Award

This category is open to firms, faculties, in-house teams or legal societies/organisations that can demonstrate a clear commitment to pro-bono work.

Entry requirements:

  1. Clear and concise demonstration of your organisation’s approach to pro-bono work
  2. Details of your organisation’s financial investment in pro-bono, for example in terms of billable hours committed
  3. Evidence of proven results that show your firm’s investment has had a beneficial effect and achieved targets
  4. Examples of client and staff testimonials that value your activity

This category is open to individuals, firms, faculties, in-house teams or legal societies/organisations that can demonstrate how they have improved the practice of law using new techniques.

Entry requirements (at least one):

  1. Evidence of new working practices and the impact they have had
  2. Evidence of how the use of technology has improved working practices
  3. Evidence of new business streams and how they have enhanced the overall business offering
  4. Evidence on technology developed in-house and the impact it has had
Outstanding Contribution Award

This award will pay tribute to an individual in law who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the Scottish legal profession. Judges will look for evidence of how this individual has advanced the field of law and whose efforts, dedication, and commitment has supported the legal industry in Scotland.

Employment Team of the Year

This category is open to firms or teams that focus specifically on employment work.

Entry requirements:

Details of significant matters and examples of excellence in legal practice
2. Examples of the impact the employment team’s performance has had on the firm’s financial growth
3. Overview of the team structure
4. Details of significant lateral recruitment cases and promotions

Judges

Colin W Anderson

Meena Bahanda

Frances McMenamin QC

Usman Tariq

Stephen Gold

Arlene McDaid

Ken Dalling

2021 Finalists

Transactions Team of the Year

MacDonald Henderson
MBM Commercial
Shepherd and Wedderburn – WINNER

High Street Firm of the Year

Livingstone Brown
McDougall McQueen
McSherry Halliday LLP
Neilsons Solicitors & Estate Agents – WINNER

Criminal Law Firm of the Year

Keegan Smith Criminal Defence Lawyers – WINNER
Livingstone Brown – COMMENDATION
Moir and Sweeney Litigation

Law Firm of the Year – Sponsored by IDEX Consulting

DLA Piper LLP – COMMENDATION
MBM Commercial LLP
Shoosmiths LLP – WINNER

Law Firm of the Year – Scottish Independents – Sponsored by IDEX Consulting

Anderson Strathern
Jones Whyte LLP – WINNER
Livingstone Brown

Junior Solicitor of the Year

Jack Smith – Latta & Co Solicitors – WINNER
Matthew McGovern – McGovern Reid CourtLawyers – COMMENDATION
Louisa Doole – McSherry Halliday LLP – JUDGE’S SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Solicitor of the Year – Sponsored by Law Society of Scotland

Melissa Rutherford – Rutherford Sheridan Ltd
Stuart Kenneth Munro – Livingstone Brown – WINNER
Tracey Ginn – MBM Commercial LLP

Manager of the Year

Murray McCall – Anderson Strathern – WINNER
Mike Polson – Ashurst LLP
Stuart Munro – Livingstone Brown

Special Judge’s Award

Gerard Sinclair – Retired Chief Executive of the SCCRC & Part Time Sheriff

In-House Team of the Year

Aberdeen City Council Legal Services – WINNER
Idox Plc

Litigation Team of the Year – Sponsored by Stirling Park

Allan McDougall Solicitors – WINNER
Anderson Strathern
MBM Commercial LLP

Real Estate Team of the Year

Anderson Strathern – WINNER
Shoosmiths LLP

Innovation Award – Sponsored by Law Society of Scotland

Ashurst LLP – WINNER
Hey Legal
McDougall McQueen

Outstanding Contribution Award

Edith Forrest – Scottish Bar
Mike Dailly – Govan Law Centre – WINNER

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If you have any questions or need more information on the awards, please contact Stephen Laughlin, Events Manager, on 0141 302 6050 or Stephen.laughlin@newsquest.co.uk.

Stephen Laughlin

Events Manager

Stephen.laughlin@newsquest.co.uk
0141 302 6050

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