About the Awards
Celebrating the great wealth of legal talent and success within the region, the Northern Law Awards is the law event for all those practising and working in the legal industry in the North of England. Recognising success from across the career span with categories such as Trainee of the Year and Rising Star to Firm of the Year and the Outstanding Achievement, the awards give organisations the perfect opportunity to showcase and celebrate the talent of their firm, colleagues and team.
Award Categories 2018
These Awards are designed to showcase and celebrate legal talent across the region. The following award categories reflect the breadth of specialisms and roles across the profession, and enable talent to be recognised across the career span from Trainee of the Year, Rising Star to Outstanding Achievement. New in 2018 – in response to feedback in 2017, we have split the Property Team category in two (Commerical and Residential)
Deadline for nominations is Thursday 1st March 2018.
Please ensure you review the specific category criteria and award guidelines before submitting your nomination.
Rising Star of the Year
Lawyer of the Year
Trainee of the Year
Law Teacher of the Year
Law Firm of the Year (1-5 partners)
Law Firm of the Year (6+ partners) – Sponsored by SD Legal Services
Legal Department of the Year
Law Practice Management Award
Pro Bono/ Community Initiative
Outstanding Achievement Award
Team of the Year – Family Law – Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin
Team of the Year – Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence – Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin
Team of the Year – Litigation and Dispute Resolution – Sponsored by Elliott Davies
Team of the Year – Corporate/Commercial
Team of the Year – Crime/ Regulatory
Team of the Year – Property (Commercial) – Sponsored by Brighter Law Solutions
Team of the Year – Property (Residential) – Sponsored by Conveyancing Data Services
Team of the Year – Employment
Team of the Year – Private Client
Nomination and Award Guidance
Who can make a nomination, and who can be nominated?
Nominations can be made by prospective nominee themselves, by a third party or by the Awards organisers. Firms, chambers, employers, institutes, clients, suppliers and colleagues who have had positive contact with the legal profession are encouraged to make nominations to ensure the fullest range of candidates is put forward. Legal professionals who meet the criteria for a category can also make their own entry. (The relevant period for any given category is from 14th February 2017 to 29th February 2018, other than for awards such as Outstanding Achievement which is assessed over a longer period).
Entries are open to all sectors of the legal profession operating within the following areas: Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Teeside, Redcar & Cleveland and Cumbria. Criteria for each award can be viewed on the Categories page. Please note nominations can only be accepted for one category per individual in the following categories: Lawyer of the Year, Rising Star, Trainee of the Year.
The deadline for nominations is 1st March 2018.
How are nominations made?
Making a nomination is very straightforward and is designed to be targeted and not overly time consuming. You simply need to fill in the online form for the relevant category and this will be submitted automatically to us once completed. Each category has a bespoke online form which sets out category criteria and asks for a short response in relation to each of the criteria (capped at max of 500 words per criterion – which is a maximum and not a compulsory word limit: some criteria will require a longer response than others!).
Following the nomination deadline the Judges will review all submitted nominations and shortlist a maximum of five nominees in each category.
What is the Judging Process
The Judging Panel will review all shortlisted nominations and meet with all nominees. A “Meet the Judges” event will take place for all short-listed nominees on 19th April 2018. This will be an opportunity for the Judging Panel to discuss the nomination with the nominee in a dedicated interview slot.
Please note all shortlisted nominees should be present for this event, non-attendance may significantly affect any nomination.
When are the winners announced?
The winners of the Awards will then be announced at the Awards Dinner on Thursday 7th June 2018 at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead
Submit a Nomination
June 7, 2018
Hilton Newcastle Gateshead
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