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Law Awards of Scotland

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

The Herald Law Awards of Scotland

The Herald 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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Categories

  • 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

  • Law Firm of the Year – Scottish Independents

    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

  • Law Firm of the Year – sponsored by Insight Legal

    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

  • 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

  • Solicitor of the Year

    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

  • Advocate of the Year

    This category is open to all advocates below the level of QC.
    Entry requirements:

    1. Examples of success either in court, or with arbitrations or tribunals
    2. A demonstration of individual strengths and recognised areas of development
    3. Details of specific legal specialisms

  • Silk of the Year

    This category is open to all advocates of QC level, which also includes solicitor advocates.
    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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • Debt Recovery Team of the Year – Sponsored by Stirling Park

    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

  • Litigation Team of the Year – Sponsored by Stirling Park

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Innovation Award – Sponsored by Law Society of Scotland

    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

  • 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

  • Employment Team of the Year

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

    1. 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

  • Pro-Bono Award – Sponsored by Law Society of Scotland

    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

  • Outstanding Contribution Award – Sponsored by McKinstry Practice Management

    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.

    Judges

    Colin Anderson

    Natalie Kirk

    Shirley Macintosh

    Margaret Taylor

    Arlene McDaid

    Frances Mcmenanmin QC

    John Mulholland

    Usman Tariq

    Drew McCusker

    Julia McPartlin

    Event

    The Herald Law Awards of Scotland took place on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at The Doubletree by Hilton, Glasgow Central.

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

    HOST

    Fred McAulay

    Winners & Finalists 2019

    Junior Solicitor of the Year

    Fraz Ahmed – Jones Whyte – Commendation
    Emma Boffey – CMS – Winner
    Leigh Herd – Shepherd and Wedderburn
    Jamie Meechan – MacRoberts LLP
    Shawn Wood – Watermans Legal

    Private Client Team of the Year

    Blackadders LLP
    Burness Paull
    Dentons
    Gillespie Macandrew – Winner

    Debt Recovery Team of the Year – Sponsored by Stirling Park

    Ascent Legal Scotland
    Gilson Gray
    Shoosmiths – Winner

    Real Estate Team of the Year

    Blackadders LLP
    Dentons
    Harper Macleod – Winner
    Shoosmiths

    Litigation Team of the Year – Sponsored by Stirling Park

    Balfour+Manson – Winner
    Clyde & Co (Scotland) LLP
    Dallas McMillan Solicitors
    Drummond Miller LLP
    Halliday Campbell

    High Street Firm of the Year

    Latta & Co Solicitors – Winner
    Neilsons Solicitors and Estate Agents
    McClure Solicitors
    Watermans Legal

    In-House Team of the Year

    Aberdeen City Council
    Virgin Money UK PLC – Winner
    Glasgow City Council – Legal and Administrative Services (Licensing)

    Employment Team of the Year

    Anderson Strathern – Winner
    Blackadders LLP

    Transactions Team of the Year

    CMS
    Dentons
    MacDonald Henderson Solicitors
    Shepherd and Wedderburn – Winner

    CSR Award

    Innes & Mackay  – Commendation
    Irwin Mitchell Scotland
    RBS Legal Edinburgh – Winner

    Pro-Bono Award – Sponsored by Law Society of Scotland

    Clan Childlaw – Winner
    CMS
    Scottish Child Law Centre
    University of Edinburgh Free Legal Advice Centre
    University of Strathclyde Law Clinic

    Innovation Award – Sponsored by Law Society of Scotland

    Blackadders Employment Lawyer in Your Pocket
    Kennedys
    Neilsons Solicitors and Estate Agents – Commendation
    Shepherd and Wedderburn – Winner

    Advocate of the Year

    Wendy L. Hay – Optimum Advocates – Winner
    David Welsh – Axiom Advocates

    Solicitor of the Year

    Mike Dailly – Govan Law Centre – Winner
    Darren Deery – Drummond Miller LLP
    Alexander Lamley – MBM Commercial
    Lisa Law – Innes & Mackay
    Iain Smith – Keegan Smith – Commendation

    Manager of the Year

    Mike Dailly – Govan Law Centre
    Martin Darroch – Harper Macleod
    Amanda Jones – Dentons – Winner
    Scott Whyte – Watermans Legal

    Silk of the Year

    Roddy Dunlop QC – Axiom Advocates
    Maria Maguire QC – Ampersand Advocates
    Aidan O’Neill QC – Ampersand Advocates – Winner
    John Scott QC
    Andrew Smith QC – Compass Chambers

    Law Firm of the Year – Sponsored by Insight Legal

    CMS – Winner
    Irwin Mitchell Scotland
    Kennedys
    Shoosmiths
    Spanish + Scottish Law Practice

    Law Firm of the Year – Scottish Independents

    Anderson Strathern – Winner
    Harper Macleod
    MacRoberts LLP

    Judges Award

    Glasgow Social Justice Lawyers – Winner

    Outstanding Contribution Award – Sponsored by McKinstry Practice Management

    Elaine Motion, Balfour+Manson – Winner

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    If you have any questions or need more information on the awards, please contact Kirsty Loughlin, Events Manager, on 0141 302 6016 or kirsty.loughlin@newsquest.co.uk.
    Kirsty Loughlin

    Kirsty Loughlin

    Events Manager

    kirsty.loughlin@newsquest.co.uk

    0141 302 6016

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