The cream of the legal community was out in force at the British Legal Awards last month as the UK’s top lawyers came together in recognition of the profession’s achievements from the last year.
Among the big winners was RPC, which took home the Law Firm of the Year award, while Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley scooped the Editor’s Award for Managing/Senior Partner of the Year.
The 22-strong judging panel for the awards was chaired by City of London Law Society chairman Alasdair Douglas.
“We continue to live in interesting times,” said Douglas in his opening speech. “Competition is fiercer than ever – from accountants, foreign jurisdictions and legal service providers of all hues.”
The host for the night was comedian and actor Hugh Dennis (pictured), while the chosen charity for the awards was War Child, which provides support to vulnerable children whose lives have been torn apart by war, with the evening raising nearly £15,000 in total.
Click on the links below to find out who came out on top:
• City of London Law Society Lifetime Achievement Award • Law Firm of the Year • Editor’s Award for Managing or Senior Partner of the Year • UK Law Firm of the Year • General Counsel of the Year • Legal Department of the Year • Legal Counsel of the Year • Client Partner of the Year • Assistant Solicitor/Associate Solicitor of the Year • Banking, Finance and Restructuring Team of the Year • M&A Team of the Year • Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year • Commercial Team of the Year • Private Client Team of the Year • Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year • TMT Team of the Year • Property Team of the Year • European Law Firm of the Year • European Legal Team of the Year • London Office of the Year • Education and Training Initiative of the Year • Law Firm Innovation Award • In-house Innovation Award • Chambers of the Year • Offshore Law Firm of the Year • Diversity Initiative of the Year • CSR Initiative of the Year • Best Use of Technology • Supplier of the Year
For more, see:
• The night in pictures – a photo gallery from the evening • The winners in pictures – a photo gallery of the awards presentations • The awards as they happened: take a look back at our live blog • Law Firm of the Year: why we selected the firms on the shortlist