Law Society Excellence Awards shortlist announced
19 Sep, 2012
The Law Society recently announced its shortlist for the Law Society Excellence Awards 2012, taking the penultimate step in its search for the most outstanding legal professionals in England and Wales.
Exceptional individuals, teams and firms across the legal sector have been shortlisted for the awards in categories ranging from Excellence in Innovation and Solicitor of the Year – Private Practice, to Excellence in Community Investment. This year also saw the launch of a new category, Excellence in Conveyancing Practice, which is open to Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accredited practices.
The shortlist includes top 100 City firms Clifford Chance, Hogan Lovells and Eversheds whilst local firms also feature heavily in the list. These include Newcastle based firm Muckle LLP, shortlisted for their work in environmental responsibility, and Rowlinsons Solicitors based in Cheshire, shortlisted in the Lexcel Award for Excellence in Practice Management.
The Excellence Awards, in collaboration with Infiniti, a leading luxury automotive manufacturer, reward the most outstanding practitioners in the legal profession and are open to the entire legal sector, not just solicitors. Entries were judged earlier this month by specialist judges, including Adam Sampson, chief executive of the Legal Ombudsman; Frances Gibb, legal editor at The Times; and Chris Marston, head of professional practices at Lloyds TSB.
The winners will be announced by BBC broadcaster Mishal Husain at a black-tie dinner and presentation ceremony, which will take place on October 18th at Old Billingsgate, London.
Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff said of this year’s entries: “The quality of this year’s entries is astonishingly high and a testament to the fact that the profession continues to innovate and deliver high-quality legal services even in these economically challenging times.
“The marketplace is changing quickly, with greater external pressure and competition, so it’s great to see that firms are showing no signs of complacency. Far from it, this year’s entries show that the UK legal sector continues to spearhead solutions that allow it to stay at the top of the game.
“I take great pride in announcing a shortlist of such outstanding firms, teams and individuals. The judging process was challenging but rewarding, and the introduction of the new category, Excellence in Conveyancing Practice, allows us to highlight the vast range of work undertaken by the profession.”
The full shortlist can be viewed at: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/representation/excellence-awards/shortlist/