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Rules and Guidelines

How to nominate
Please outline, in no more than 1,000 words, specific achievements relating to the nominee’s career, paying particular attention to the category criteria (CVs will not be accepted).

Nominees are judged by their achievements in the category for which they have been nominated.

For all awards, achievements outside of the category will be taken into account, including non-legal work, contributions to the community and pro-bono work.

Multiple entries are permitted.

You are welcome to nominate yourself to win an award.

Rules and guidelines
The decision of the judging panel is at its absolute discretion and is final. There is no right of appeal against any decision.

The judging panel will not be able to provide any feedback at any stage of the judging process. In judging, they will use their skill and judgment, considering information that is put to them in the nomination form and supporting documentation, and their knowledge and experience of the legal profession and of the wider community.

Nominations will not be accepted that are more than 1,000 words. Appendices and any other additional materials will not be accepted. The presentations to all finalists in each category will take place at the awards dinner on 10 October 2019.

All finalists will be invited to attend (at their own cost) and will be given priority ticket allocation.

Closing date for nominations is 28 June 2019. All nominees will be notified whether they are through to the final by 2 August 2019. Please could all nominators and nominees ensure that the date of the awards is in their diaries.

All nominations are treated as entirely confidential.

Judge appointment process
Barker Brooks seeks to appoint the very best of the profession each year to join the judging panel for the awards.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the selection process is fair and objective and includes experts from across the industry. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate and to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries.

Judges give their time for free to judge the awards.