Eversheds Middle East managing partner Nasser Ali Khasawneh Eversheds Middle East managing partner Nasser Ali Khasawneh

Herbert Smith Freehills corporate partner Gillian Fairfield, Ashurst finance partner Ruth Harris and Eversheds Middle East managing partner Nasser Ali Khasawneh are among eight lawyers to have been shortlisted for Client Partner of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016.

The shortlist, unveiled today, comprises the partners who received the most citations in Legal Week Intelligence’s annual Best Legal Adviser survey, which this year canvassed the opinions of more than 750 general counsel and senior in-house lawyers.

The eight-strong line-up is completed by RPC commercial head Oliver Bray, who has made the shortlist for the second year running; Shepherd & Wedderburn food and drink group head George Frier; Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan disputes partner Alex Gerbi; CMS financial services partner Simon Morris; and Reed Smith energy and natural resources group chair Kyri Evagora.

The winner will be announced at this year’s British Legal Awards, which will take place at Finsbury Square on 24 November. Last year, the award was taken home by DLA Piper corporate partner Andrew Davies.

As well as inviting general counsel to name their favourite partners, the Best Legal Adviser survey asks in-house lawyers to rate the firms they instruct against a range of criteria, including quality of legal advice, service delivery and value added services.

The 2016 roster of top-performing law firms will be named later this month in the Legal Week Intelligence Best Legal Adviser report.

Legal Week Intelligence Client Partner of the Year – full shortlist Alex Gerbi, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan George Frier, Shepherd & Wedderburn Gillian Fairfield, Herbert Smith Freehills Kyri Evagora, Reed Smith Nasser Ali Khasawneh, Eversheds Oliver Bray, RPC Ruth Harris, Ashurst Simon Morris, CMS

Click here for full details of all the shortlists for the British Legal Awards 2016.

For more information about the Legal Week Best Legal Adviser report, please email lrosenthal@alm.com or call her on 02073169864. To reserve a table at the British Legal Awards, please call Peter Doolan on 02073169860 or email PDoolan@alm.com