Teams and individual talents set to shine in the prestigious Scottish Legal Awards
LESS than three weeks remain for the cream of Scotland’s legal crop to polish up their entries for Scotland’s premiere awards programme for law and law firms.
Entries for the 12th annual Scottish Legal Awards close a fortnight on Thursday, with the top professionals vying to come out on top in 18 different awards categories.
The awards, sponsored by Scott & Co, have a new and refreshed judging panel, chaired by Lorna Jack, the chief executive of the Law Society of Scotland.
The panel is looking forward to reviewing entries received from firms across the country who are keen to be awarded with highly-regarded recognition in front of their peers.
There are 18 categories in this year’s awards programme including three new categories – Training Provider of the Year and Public Sector Law Team of the year return to the line-up and a new award, Employer of the Year, will reward a firm which has displayed positive engagement with staff and partners.
The Scott & Co Legal Awards are also supported for the first time by Tilney Best Invest. The investment and financial planning firm is sponsoring the ever-popular Litigation Team of the Year.
Paul Frame, managing director of Tilney Best Invest, commented: “Our business in Scotland is founded on the development of constructive partnerships with the legal community, and helping to strengthen and maintain client relationships over the generations.
“We are proud to be a support sponsor of The Scottish Legal Awards 2015.”
Firms submitting entries have until Thursday, 27 November, 2014 and can upload their work online at www.thelegalawards.com. The finalists will be revealed on Monday, 5 January, 2015. The awards programme is free to enter, but firms are requested to include a voluntary donation to It’s Good 2 Give, the award’s charity partner.
Two categories will be chosen by the eminent judging panel – with several new judges on board, including vice-president of the Law Society of Scotland, Christine McLintock and head of professional practices at Bank of Scotland, Paul McCluskey.
One judges’ category is the coveted Scotsman Lifetime Achievement Award, won to very popular acclaim last year by Adrian Ward of TC Young, an acknowledged expert in adults with incapacity legislation.
The other judges’ category is the Chairman/Managing Partner of the Year, with the winner looking to follow in the footsteps of two leaders of highly successful Scottish firms, Philip Rodney of Burness Paull and Bill Drummond of Brodies.
The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday, 26 March, 2015 at the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms and following a sell-out event this year, early booking is recommended.
FULL LIST OF CATEGORIES
Badenoch & Clark Employment Team of the Year
Wolffe Community Contribution Award
Family Law Team of the Year
Tilney Bestinvest Litigation Team of the Year
Paralegal of the Year (In House and Firm)
Private Client Team of the Year
Pro Bono Award
National Association of Estate Agents Residential Property Team of the Year
Law Society of Scotland Rising Star of the Year
Specialist Lawyer of the Year
Support Team of the Year
Public Sector Law Team
Barbri International In House Legal Team of the Year
Employer of the Year
Barr Printers Training Provider of the Year
The Scotsman Lifetime Achievement Award
Bank of Scotland Chairman/Managing Partner of the Year
DX Firm of the Year