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  • Law Firm Award (1 - 10 Partners)
  • Law Firm Award (11 – 30 partners)
  • Law Firm Awards (31 + partners)
  • In-House Lawyer Award
  • Employment Law
  • Residential Property Award
  • Commercial Property Award
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Rising Star Award
  • Private Client Award
  • Niche Law Firm Award
  • Corporate & Commercial Award
  • Intellectual Property Award
  • Criminal Law Award
  • Family Law Award
  • Chambers of the Year
  • Trainee Solicitor Award
  • Pro-bono Award
  • Partner of the Year
  • Managing Partner of the Year
  • Yorkshire Lawyer Of The Year Award
  • Presidents’ Award

Law Firm Award (1 – 10 partners)

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    • Who’s flying the flag for Yorkshire and making a notable impact in regional, national and international markets? This award is open to firms that have 1-10 partners based in Yorkshire and will be judged according to the following criteria:
    • Training initiatives and accreditations received or being worked towards – For example Investors in People
    • Demonstrable appreciation or recognition by clients
    • Dedication to development and welfare of staff
    • Client initiatives that you feel have set the firm apart from the rest
    • Contribution to the legal community
    • Recognition received from other firms
    • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work
    • Please remember to state how many partners you have based in Yorkshire

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Law Firm Award (11 – 30 partners)

    • Who’s flying the flag for Yorkshire and making a notable impact in regional, national and international markets? This award is open to firms that have 11-30 partners based in Yorkshire and will be judged according to the following criteria:
      • Training initiatives and accreditations received or being worked towards – For example Investors in People
      • Growth in reputation
      • Demonstrable appreciation or recognition by clients
      • Dedication to development and welfare of staff
      • Client initiatives that you feel have set the firm apart from the rest
      • Contribution to the legal community
      • Recognition received from other firms
      • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work
      • Please remember to state how many partners you have based in Yorkshire

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Law Firm Awards (31 + partners)

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Who’s flying the flag for Yorkshire and making a notable impact in regional, national and international markets? This award is open to firms that have 31+ partners based in Yorkshire and will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Training initiatives and accreditations received or being worked towards – For example Investors in People
  • Growth in reputation
  • Demonstrable appreciation or recognition by clients
  • Dedication to development and welfare of staff
  • Client initiatives that you feel have set you apart from the rest
  • Contribution to the legal community
  • Recognition received from other firms
  • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work
  • Please remember to state how many partners you have based in Yorkshire

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

In-House Lawyer Award

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This award is only open to individuals and teams who work within an organisation’s in-house legal department and will be judged according to the following criteria:

    • Entrants should be show how they perform essential legal work for their employer
    • They should be able to demonstrate how they add value to the business or organisation
    • Examples of a clear commitment to excellence and quality
    • Examples of how their work has been recognised/appreciated by the Yorkshire legal and business community
    • Entrants should be able to show how they have positively contributed to the general legal community

Employment Law

    This award is open to all individuals and teams specialising in employment law and will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • The quality of legal services offered, both in terms of significant cases and a clear dedication to clients
  • Displaying an innovative and flexible approach to changes in the legal market
  • Examples of how their work has been recognised/appreciated by the Yorkshire legal and business community
  • Examples of excellence in non-fee earning, but work related activities – such as marketing, establishing new initiatives and a broader contribution to the profession
  • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work

Residential Property Award

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    • This category is open to individual and team nominations. This award is specifically for those who practise in real estate and will be judged according to the following criteria:
      • Demonstrable achievement in your area of practice and the capacity in which you were involved
      • Demonstrable dedication to your clients
      • Stand out from colleagues as a lawyer who has made a significant impact, taking into account notable obstacles that you have overcome
      • Demonstrable appreciation/recognition of your work by clients/colleagues
      • Non-fee earning, but work related activities – such as marketing, establishing new initiatives and broader contribution to the profession
      • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Commercial Property Award

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    • This category is open to individual and team nominations. This award is specifically for those who practise in real estate and will be judged according to the following criteria:
      • Demonstrable achievement in your area of practice and the capacity in which you were involved
      • Demonstrable dedication to your clients
      • Stand out from colleagues as a lawyer who has made a significant impact, taking into account notable obstacles that you have overcome
      • Demonstrable appreciation/recognition of your work by clients/colleagues
      • Non-fee earning, but work related activities – such as marketing, establishing new initiatives and broader contribution to the profession
      • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Dispute Resolution

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    • *This category is open to individual and team nominations

This award is open to those who practise in civil, commercial or criminal litigation and alternate dispute resolution such as mediation, arbitration and regulatory work and will be judged according to the following criteria:

    • Demonstrable involvement in significant matters/cases and the capacity in which you were involved, for example any Test Cases, or particularly newsworthy ones which you have been involved in
    • Demonstrable achievement in your area of practice
    • Demonstrable dedication to your clients
    • Demonstrable innovative use of litigation funding
    • Stand out from colleagues as a lawyer who has made a significant impact, taking into account notable obstacles that you have overcome
    • Non-fee earning, but work related activities – such as marketing, establishing new initiatives and broader contribution to the profession
    • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Rising Star Award

    • This award will be judged according to the following criteria:
      • Maximum age at ceremony 35 years
      • Demonstrable involvement in interesting, challenging or new areas of law and the capacity in which you were involved
      • Demonstrable dedication to your clients
      • Stand out from colleagues as a lawyer who has made significant impact, taking into account the time you have been practising and any notable obstacles that you have overcome
      • Non-fee earning, but work related activities – such as marketing, establishing new initiatives and broader contribution to the profession
      • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Private Client Award

      • For those who do legal work for private clients in private practices
      • Demonstrable achievement in your area of practice and the capacity in which you were involved
      • Demonstrable dedication to your clients
      • Stand out from colleagues as a lawyer who has made a significant impact, taking into account notable obstacles that you have overcome
      • Demonstrable appreciation/recognition of your work by clients/colleagues
      • Non-fee earning, but work related activities – such as marketing, establishing new initiatives and broader contribution to the profession
      • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work
      • This category is open to individual & team nominations

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Niche Law Firm Award

    • This award is open to law firms who practise in a clearly identifiable niche area of the law and will be judged according to the following criteria:
      • Demonstrable appreciation or recognition by clients
      • Dedication to development and welfare of staff
      • Client initiatives that you feel have set you apart from the rest
      • Contribution to the legal community
      • Recognition received from other firms
      • Contribution to the local community such as pro-bono work

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Corporate & Commercial Award

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    • This category is open to individual and team nominations. For those who practise in corporate finance or non-contentious commercial law and will be judged according to the following criteria:
      • Demonstrable achievement in your area of practice and the capacity in which you were involved
      • Demonstrable dedication to your clients
      • Stand out from colleagues as a lawyer who has made a significant impact, taking into account notable obstacles that you have overcome
      • Demonstrable appreciation/recognition of your work by clients/colleagues
      • Non-fee earning, but work related activities – such as marketing, establishing new initiatives and broader contribution to the profession
      • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Intellectual Property Award

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      • This category is open to individual and team nominations.
      • Demonstrable achievement in your area of practice, whether that be copyright, design, patents, trade marks or any other particular area of IP
      • Demonstrable dedication to your clients
      • Demonstrable outstanding knowledge of the field which has been recognised by colleagues and peers
      • Credit will be given for having made a significant impact in the last 12 months (from June 2016 – June 2017) in your field of expertise
      • Non-fee earning, but work related activities – such as marketing, establishing new initiatives and broader contribution to the profession
      • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Criminal Law Award

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      • This category is open to individual and team nominations.
      • Demonstrable achievements for clients if a defendant and clear examples of pursuing worthwhile cases if a prosecutor
      • Demonstrable outstanding knowledge of the field which has been recognised by colleagues and peers
      • Innovative working practices to cope with cuts in legal fees, court fees and court closures
      • Extra credit will be given for having made a significant impact in the last 12 months (from June 2016 – June 2017)
      • Non-fee earning, but work related activities – such as marketing, establishing new initiatives and broader contribution to the profession
      • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Family Law Award

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  • Demonstrable achievement in your area of practice and the capacity in which you were involved
  • Demonstrable dedication to your clients
  • Stand out from colleagues as a lawyer who has made a significant impact, taking into account notable obstacles that you have overcome
  • Demonstrable appreciation/recognition of your work by clients/colleagues
  • Non-fee earning, but work related activities – such as marketing, establishing new initiatives and broader contribution to the profession
  • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work
  • This category is open to individual & team nominations

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Chambers of the Year

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    • Chambers of the Year applies to a Chambers of barristers established in Yorkshire
      • Demonstrable legal expertise and innovation
      • Involvement in leading cases
      • Strategic vision
      • Client care & satisfaction
      • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work
      • Consistent approach to education and training

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Trainee Solicitor Award

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    • This award will be judged according to the following criteria:
      • Nomination must relate to work carried out while employed by a law firm or in-house legal team under a training contract
      • Demonstrably excellent standards of work
      • Dedication to the job
      • Demonstrable professional development during training
      • Demonstrable contribution to client relationships and/or business development
      • Include references from senior colleagues
      • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Pro-bono Award

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      • Open to all lawyers and legal teams across Yorkshire. This award will be judged according to the following criteria:
      • Demonstrable commitment to pro-bono work with an emphasis on quality rather than quantity
      • Evidence of taking cases that are not merely run-of-the-mill
      • Entries that show pro-bono work that has had a direct or indirect positive effect on the local community will be looked upon favourably by the judging panel
      • Innovation and creative thinking will also be scored highly

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Partner of the Year

    • Open to Partners at law firms across Yorkshire. This award will be judged according to the following criteria:
      • Evidence of contribution to the success of their practice in the last 12 months’, both in fee earning and other areas, such as marketing or setting up new projects which have benefitted the firm
      • Demonstrable expertise in field of work
      • Evidence of a growing reputation or maintaining their standing as a leader in their field
      • Dedication to clients
      • Demonstrable work to help/mentor junior staff
      • Contribution to the community, including pro-bono work

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Managing Partner of the Year

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    • Open to Managing Partners of law firms across Yorkshire
      • Evidence of contribution to the success of their practice in the last 12 months’
      • Demonstrable leadership and strong management skills
      • Dedication to clients
      • Non-fee earning, but work related activities – such as marketing, establishing new initiatives and broader contribution to the profession
      • Contribution to the community including pro-bono work

Please also inform us of anything else that you feel is particularly noteworthy, that is not covered in the above criteria

Yorkshire Lawyer Of The Year Award

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This Award is not open to nominations, but will be decided by the judging panel prior to the Awards Ceremony.

Presidents’ Award

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This Award is not open to nominations, but will be decided by the judging panel prior to the Awards Ceremony.

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