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Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have been named among the nominees for a number of top accolades at the 2008 British Legal Awards.

The trio have been shortlisted for the coveted law firm of the year award alongside Baker & McKenzie, Eversheds and Latham & Watkins.

Linklaters has been shortlisted for three further awards, including cross-border M&A team of the year, while Freshfields is among the nominees for M&A team of the year. Allen & Overy also secured nominations in both of these categories.

Meanwhile, Ashurst’s Geoffrey Green is up for the managing/senior partner of the year award with Mark Jones of Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds’ David Gray also nominated.

Al Tamimi & Company, Chiomenti and Garrigues are among the nominees for the Europe, Middle East and Africa firm of the year, while AXA UK, Abbey and Rio Tinto are all shortlisted for the legal department of the year crown.

This year’s event will feature a new award, CSR project of the year, with Berwin Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance, Cripps Harries Hall, Weightmans, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Wragge & Co all shortlisted.

The winners will be chosen by an independent panel, chaired by former president of the City of London Law Society Bill Knight, and will be honoured at a black-tie event in central London on 26 November.

See First impressions count for an insight into the judging process.

FULL SHORTLIST

Law firm of the year

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