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LexisNexis Legal Award Categories


Law Firm of the Year
This award will be presented to a law firm demonstrating outstanding performance/ingenuity in a particular area of its practice/business in the UK. Entrants, who should have a significant presence in the UK and provide services that are regulated by UK authorities, will need to show how this particular achievement marks it out from the competition and has ensured that it is truly regarded as a trailblazer and market leader in today’s highly competitive and challenging legal market.
 
Chambers of the Year
This award will be presented to a set of barristers' chambers demonstrating outstanding performance/ingenuity in a particular area of practice/business in the UK. Entrants, whose head office should be in the UK, will need to show how this particular achievement marks it out from the competition and has ensured that it is truly regarded as a trailblazer and market leader in today’s highly competitive and challenging legal market.
 
In-House Team of the Year
This award acknowledges the tremendous importance of work done by the legal teams of companies and bodies other than law firms, including those in the public sector. It will go to a team that has delivered an exceptional level of legal service to its organisation, such as support for the business’s commercial goals; success or strong performance in negotiation; material contribution to the business’s operational efficiency or profitability; risk management and avoidance.
 
International Team of the Year
This award will be presented to a UK-based law firm, chambers or in-house team demonstrating outstanding performance in the delivery of legal services to the international market.
 
PSL / Knowledge Award
This award is open to teams and individuals responsible for the delivery of exceptional legal support services and promotion of best practice within their firms. Entrants should be able to demonstrate innovation in the sourcing and dissemination of knowledge and / or examples of how they have created and implemented initiatives which add value to the business and clients.
 
Pro Bono Award
Activities covered by this popular award include voluntary community programmes, corporate social responsibility programmes, and legal/pro bono activity in communities in the UK or abroad. Entries are invited from firms, chambers, in-house teams and charitable organisations whose innovative programmes and exceptional commitment have increased access to justice and made a marked difference to the communities in which they operate.
 
Award for Diversity and Inclusion
This award will be presented to a team or individual for developing and driving opportunities for entry to (and advancement in) the legal profession by promoting equality of opportunity. This should be combined with a flair for celebrating diversity, ie valuing people of all ages, cultures, races, religions, nationalities and ethnicities regardless of gender, disability or sexual orientation.
 
Award for Wellbeing
The award recognises the law firm, chambers or in-house team, which has demonstrated the strongest commitment to providing or promoting a working environment that supports the mental and physical health of its staff, members or colleagues and enables them to maintain a healthy balance between their work pressures and home life.
 
Award for Sustainability
The award recognises the law firm, chambers or in-house team, which has demonstrated the strongest commitment to improving the environmental sustainability of its operations and activities.
 
Award for Customer Focus
This award recognises a law firm, chambers or in-house team which can demonstrate excellence in the field of customer care and service.
 
Award for Business Development
This popular award is open to teams or individuals within law firms and chambers who are responsible for pioneering and implementing exceptional business development and / or marketing programmes. Here, the judges will be looking for (among other things) examples of how entrants have built up sustainable client relationships, co-ordinated successful panel bids or tender activity, enhanced their company profile and / or strengthened the firm / chambers’ brand.
 
Award for Legal Services Innovation
This award recognises a law firm, set of chambers or in-house team which has, through innovation and radical change, introduced new or improved ways of providing legal services and / or new working practices, which are influencing the future of law and practice. The judges will be looking for evidence of original concepts—whether or not technology-based— which improve the speed or quality of service to clients and the wider community, such as developments in artificial intelligence, e-discovery etc; broaden the range of the organisation's activity; or increase the operational efficiency and delivery of legal services.
 
Award for Legal Supplier Innovation
This award recognises a supplier which has, through innovation and radical change, introduced new working practices, which are influencing the future of law and practice. The judges will be looking for evidence of original concepts—whether or not technology-based— which improve the speed or quality of service to clients and the wider community, such as developments in artificial intelligence, e-discovery etc; or increase the operational efficiency and delivery of legal services.
 
Case of the Year
This award will be presented to an individual or organisation involved with one of the leading legal disputes that has been concluded during the period December 2019 to November 2021. The case may be significant in that it has established a precedent, determined a new legal principle or otherwise substantially affected the interpretation of existing law. For cases with representation from more than one firm or chambers, we recommend you put forward a joint entry. Only organisations that put forward an entry will be shortlisted.
 
Deal of the Year
This award will be presented to an individual or organisation involved with one of the leading legal transactions that has been concluded during the period December 2019 to November 2021. The deal may be significant in that it has involved an unusual level of complexity, significantly high-value or an innovation in legal practice.
 
Employment Law Team of the Year (NEW)
This award will be presented to a law firm, chambers or in-house team demonstrating outstanding performance in the field of employment law. Entrants, who should have a significant presence in the UK and provide services that are regulated by UK authorities, will need to show how they have stood out from the competition in terms of the quality of legal services offered and the outcomes they have achieved for their clients.


Business Continuity Award (NEW)
This award will be presented to a UK-based law firm, chambers or in-house team that can demonstrate that it has continued to deliver an outstanding level of service to clients in the face of an extreme disruptive event (such as a flood, cyber-attack or pandemic). The judges will pay regard to both the planning that the business had in place prior to the event and its ability to respond effectively to the ongoing situation.
 
 
The Halsbury Award for Rule of Law
This award will be presented to an individual or organisation able to demonstrate a sustained and recognised contribution to promoting the rule of law. The award is designed to recognise and celebrate commitment to the spread of fair and ordered government, law and justice.
 
Legal Personality of the Year
This award honours an individual (not necessarily with a background or qualification in the law) who has made an outstanding contribution in the legal sphere in the past year. The judges will select a shortlist from the entries based primarily on their achievements in the last 2 years, with the winner being decided by an online vote of the New Law Journal readership. For this award, please nominate using this form.
 
Lifetime Contribution Award
This award recognises an individual who has made a sustained and significant impact in the legal world throughout their career. The judges will consider the unique qualities which have earned this individual the respect of their colleagues and peers.