Law Awards of Scotland 2016 open for entries with 24 categories recognising legal excellence

The search is underway to find the best legal firms in Scotland at this year’s Law Awards of Scotland in association with HR Consultancy.

Now in their 12th year, the awards are being organised for the first time by The Herald, in association with HR Consultancy, and supported by Stirling Park, The Law Society of Scotland and McKinstry Practice Management.

The awards aim to recognise the excellent quality of work being undertaken by Scotland’s most respected lawyers.

There are 24 awards up for grabs, highlighting success in categories such as Energy Firm of the Year, Employment Firm of the Year, High Street Firm of the Year and Sole Practitioner of the year.

Hilary Roberts, managing director of HR Consultancy said: “There are many successful law firms operating at the top of their game in Scotland and we are delighted to be helping recognise their hard work and vision. In our view what really makes a company stand out against its competitors is the importance it places on sourcing and retaining talent.”

The global law firm of the year award is supported by The Law Society of Scotland.

Graham Matthews, vice president of the Law Society of Scotland: said: “The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for Scotland’s 11,000 solicitors. The quality of our legal profession deserves to be seen as one of our proudest exports. The skills and experience of Scottish solicitors help drive business deals at home and abroad and our members deservedly have a strong international reputation in arbitration, commercial and constitutional law. We are delighted to support the Global Law Firm of the Year award and to recognise and celebrate excellence in international law firms”.

New partner McKinstry Practice Management will be sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement award, which will be presented to an outstanding individual who have dedicated their life to the improvement of the Scottish judicial system.

Graeme McKinstry, director, McKinstry Practice Management, said: “I am delighted to sponsor the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award which uniquely recognises and applauds a distinguished career which has contributed to the practice and development of our law and is an accolade bestowed by fellow lawyers of outstanding calibre”.

Ronnie J Murison, director of Sheriff Officer Services, Stirling Park said: “We are delighted to partner with the awards this year, supporting both the Debt Recovery Firm of the Year and Litigation Firm of the Year. These categories will recognise high achievers of law firms and those spearheading good practice within the legal profession which is more driven by audit and compliance. We would urge Scottish law firms to support these important industry awards.”

Last year’s winners included, DLA piper Scotland LLP, Harper Macleod LLP, MBM Commercial, and Thompsons Solicitors.

We are calling for entries across Scotland and ask that you apply online by Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

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