The wait is no more as The Law Awards of Scotland 2018 in association with HRC Recruitment finalists have been announced.
Since 2004, these awards have been rewarding Scotland’s leading legal figures and firms. The event highlights the often-heroic efforts made by legal firms to ensure clients accessing the Scottish judicial system receive the highest standards of advice and service.
The Herald is delighted to be working with HRC Recruitment, Stirling Park, The Law Society of Scotland and McKinstry Practice Management to continue to celebrate the tremendous talent in Scotland by hosting these annual awards on Thursday, November 29, 2018.

Hilary Roberts, CEO of HRC Recruitment, said: “Congratulations to all shortlisted firms in the Law Awards of Scotland. As a professional services recruitment firm, we are so impressed with the level of commitment the firms have shown to personnel development, cementing their place in the awards final.”
This year we saw a record number of entries and the judges were overwhelmed with the global reach and calibre of the entrants. The Herald is committed to supporting these important industry awards and we invite you to attend to celebrate and network with Scotland’s leading law firms.
These coveted awards will take place at The Hilton Hotel in Glasgow, bringing together Scotland’s robust law sector.

Ronnie Murison, Director of Sheriff Officer Services, Stirling Park, said: “Congratulations to every firm that has been shortlisted across all categories, in particular, for those nominated under Litigation and Debt Recovery, which Stirling Park is sponsoring again this year. The quality of entry has been extremely high, and we are looking forward to the evening of the awards to see those that have been recognised for their outstanding achievements in 2018.

John Mulholland, President of The Law Society of Scotland added: “These awards recognise excellence across the whole legal profession so congratulations to all the finalists. Scottish solicitors are recognised the world over for the high quality of their training and expertise, so we’re delighted to support the best international firm award. We also know there is a huge amount of time and energy devoted to pro bono work by so many of our members and look forward to recognising some of the best projects in this year’s pro bono award.”

Graeme McKinstry of MPM  who sponsors of the  “The Outstanding Contribution Awards” added “we are delighted and privileged again to be associated with this award which is an accolade recognising the unique achievements of the winner . Judging this year has again been extraordinarily difficult given the caliber of those nominated for this distinction“

The event will be hosted by comedian Fred MacAulay and guests will also hear from guest speaker, Sherriff Lindsay Woods. Guests will also be entertained by Scottish Harpist, Sarah McNeil as well as Glasgow duo Ginny and the Tonic.

The Law Awards of Scotland 2018 shortlist

Law Firm of the Year – sponsored by HRC Recruitment
Clyde & Co
MBM Commercial LLP
Shepherd and Wedderburn

Solicitor of the Year
Aamer Anwar – Aamer Anwar & Co., Solicitors & Notaries
Margo McGill – Lockharts Solicitors
Ian Moir – Ian Moir & Company

High Street Firm of the Year
Allan McDougall McQueen LLP
Innes & Mackay
Fords Daly Legal Limited
McClure Solicitors
Paris Steele W.S.

Junior Solicitor of the Year
Yousif Ahmed, Esq.
Rebecca Barrass – MacRoberts LLP
Leigh Beirne – Harper Macleod LLP
Tom Gray – Harper Macleod LLP
Musab Hemsi – Ellis Whittam

Banking and Finance Team of the Year
Pinsent Masons
Shepherd and Wedderburn

International Firm of the Year – sponsored by the Law Society of Scotland

Clyde & Co

Private Client Team of the Year
Burness Paull LLP
Innes & Mackay

Criminal Law Firm of the Year

Aamer Anwar & Co., Solicitors & Notaries
Adams Whyte, Solicitors
Beltrami & Co
Ian Moir and Company
Livingstone Brown Ltd

Silk of the Year
Ashley Edwards QC
David Johnston QC
Aidan O’Neill QC
John Scott QC

Litigation Team of the Year – sponsored by Stirling Park
Allan McDougall Solicitors
Clyde & Co
Dallas McMillan
Halliday Campbell
Shoosmiths LLP

In-House Lawyer of the Year
Christopher Morgan – Weir Group
Duncan Holland – Cairn Energy
Kenny Robertson – RBS
Michael Mustard – Tesco Bank

Debt Recovery Team of the Year – sponsored by Stirling Park

Aberdein Considine
MacRoberts LLP
Shoosmiths LLP

General Counsel of the Year
Carolyn Jameson – Skyscanner Limited
James MacKenzie – AEGON UK
Martin Cooke – Edrington
Rushad Abadan – Standard Life Aberdeen

Family Law Firm of the Year
Innes & Mackay
Livingstone Brown Ltd
Macleod & MacCallum
Patience and Buchan

Innovation Award
Alegrant Ltd
Brodies LLP
Shoosmiths LLP

CSR Award
Innes & MacKay
Scottish Ethnic Minorities Lawyers Association (SEMLA)

Pro-Bono Award – Sponsored by Law Society of Scotland
Edinburgh University Free Legal Advice Centre
Glasgow Caledonian University Law Clinic
University of Strathclyde Law Clinic

Corporate Team of the Year – sponsored by HRC Recruitment
Macdonald Henderson Limited
Pinsent Masons
Shepherd and Wedderburn

Outstanding Contribution Award – sponsored by McKinstry Practice Management
To be announced on the night