The Herald stages Law Awards of Scotland for first time

The coveted Law Awards of Scotland are today launched for the first time under The Herald banner.

Scotland’s leading legal awards scheme, held in partnership with recruitment firm HR Consultancy, give law firms the chance to be recognised for the major achievements they have made in the last year.

It is the first time the awards are being staged by The Herald since its publisher, Newsquest Scotland, acquired the rights from Carnyx Group in July.

Regarded as the Oscars of the legal profession, the Law Awards of Scotland brings together the Scottish legal sector’s most influential figures.

They highlight the enormous efforts made by firms to ensure that clients accessing the Scottish judicial system receive the highest standards of advice and service.

Previous winners include Burness Paull, DLA Piper, Harper Macleod and Simpson & Marwick.

Hilary Roberts, managing director of HR Consultancy: “Scotland’s legal industry is going from strength to strength, but what’s most exciting for us in the recruitment business is seeing the abundance of talent currently working in the sector. This country is a hot bed for legal minds and it’s brilliant to see them recognised at these awards.”

There are more than 20 awards up for grabs this year, highlighting the work undertaken by firms, sole practitioners, teams and trainees within Scotland’s judicial system.

HR Consultancy is sponsoring the law firm of the year (over 40 fee earners), while debt management company Stirling Park is sponsoring the awards for litigation firm of the year and debt recovery firm of the year. The Law Society of Scotland is sponsoring the global law firm of the year award.

Graham Matthews, vice-president of the Law Society of Scotland: “The Law Awards play an important role in showcasing some of the very best practice across our profession. Each of the awards highlights some of the outstanding work done by our members from high street firms to multinationals and in-house solicitors, both at home and beyond our borders. We are delighted to support the awards again this year and to celebrate the very best of our truly world-class legal profession”.

Ronnie J Murison, director of Sheriff Officer Services, said: “Stirling Park has supported the Law Awards since its inception and I believe that it is important to recognise high achievers and those spearheading good practice within a legal profession increasingly driven by audit and compliance.”