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The leading legal awards celebrating excellence in Wales

Celebrating legal excellence in Wales

Established in 2019 by Lux Family Law, the Wales Legal Awards celebrate the success of those teams practising in and providing services to the legal profession in Wales.

The nominations are judged by an expert, independent panel of judges from across the sector, including representatives from The Law Society Gazette, Presidents of regional law societies in Wales and Thomson Reuters. Once a shortlist is created, our judges take the time to interview each shortlisted team or individual to identify the category winners.

Our judging panels comprises a diverse range of highly experienced and peer-regarded individuals in their field who each offer a unique perspective and point of reference when assessing nominations and interviewing those shortlisted.

Categories include corporate and commercial law, real estate law, private client, residential and conveyancing law, employment law and commercial litigation.

Covid-19: our approach

“Now more than ever we need to celebrate the legal sector across the length and breadth of Wales,” Charlotte Leyshon, Co-Founder, Wales Legal Awards.

We’ve been inspired by the number of firms in the Welsh legal community that have stepped up to support each other during these unprecedented times. That’s why the Wales Legal Awards 2020 wants to help.

We want to rally the sector at this challenging time to showcase the extraordinary talent, inventiveness, diversity and success in the sector over the last 12 months and that have been amplified by Welsh legal businesses over the last three weeks.

What’s different?

We’ve been working hard to ensure this year’s awards go ahead to celebrate the achievements of the legal sector in Wales and provide a strong sense of community in uncertain times.

To view our full statement on our approach to the Covid-19 pandemic – in light of our extended deadline, our new judging process, a NEW AWARD and possible alternative plans for our awards ceremony – click here.

New categories for 2020

This year, the Wales Legal Awards will include five new awards to cater for excellence in economically and socially significant legal specialisms in Wales: Personal Injury team of the year; Public Law Team of the Year; Law firm of the Year and Boutique Law Firm of the Year.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact of lockdown on the Welsh legal sector, we’ve also launched a new award: ‘Innovation in response to Covid-19′.

There will also be an overall award for the Welsh Legal Team of the Year, Rising Star of the Year and a special award that recognises one individual’s outstanding contribution to the Welsh legal profession.

Submission deadline

31st May 2020, at midnight.

Click here to view the Wales Legal Awards 2020 categories, criteria and to make a submission.

Our sponsors

We are delighted to introduce our sponsors for this year’s awards, some of which are returning sponsors of the Wales Legal Awards. Our greatest thanks to them all – for their time and support during the year, especially our headline sponsor and shortlist interview host, Yolk Recruitment.

A few award sponsorship packages remain. To make the most of the profile throughout 2020 and receive an invite to our ‘Get ready to party’ event with shortlisted firms and individuals, be quick! Contact us for more details on our sponsorship packages and prices.

"Yolk is thrilled to be a part of the Wales Legal Awards again this year to celebrate and highlight the exceptional talent we have in Wales."

The awards process: what to expect

Nominations are NOW OPEN! Deadline for submissions: 31st May 2020, at midnight.

We have a number of new categories to truly reflect the scope and specialism of work here in Wales. CLICK HERE to view the award categories and criteria for 2020.

The shortlisted teams and individuals (for the Rising Star category) will be notified in early June 2020. See our FAQs section below for more information on the interview process for shortlisted firms / individuals.

The Wales Legal Awards 2020 award ceremony takes place on the 11th September at the Mercure Holland House Hotel. As well as the winners, we’ll name those who the judges felt deserve special recognition, as Highly Commended.

Click here to nominate today – and GOOD LUCK! 

 


FAQs

Midnight on Sunday 31st May 2020. Due to our strict schedule and the availability of our judges, we cannot offer an extension to this deadline.

At this time, we have no knowledge of how the Welsh Government will be easing the lockdown. Whilst we would hope to undertake face-to-face interviews with the applicants, we may undertake the judging process will take place via Zoom.

Interviews will take place week commencing 29th June and also Monday 6th July 2020 via Zoom. Details will be given to shortlisted candidates when they are announced mid June.

The interview should take no longer than 15 minutes and comprise questions and answers with the judges. No presentation aids are allowed. The interviews will be held online, via Zoom.

No - everyone is asked to purchase tickets from the website in advance of the evening. Priority is given to shortlisted companies and sponsors in the first instance but tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so you are advised to book early to guarantee the tickets you require.

Tickets are £900 +VAT per table of 10 or £100 +VAT per individual ticket. Payment must be made prior to the event.

The price includes a welcome drinks reception, a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine pp, followed by tea / coffee, and entertainment with a live band after the awards. The awards night attracts over 450 guests from across the legal sector in Wales - and beyond!

Should Covid-19 and social-distancing impact holding our planned awards night in Cardiff, our alternative ceremony will be held live and online on the same day. We’ll be sure to inject the fun, glamour and sense of inspirational community that we all felt at the 2019 awards night. As soon as we have clarity on the format following the latest government recommendations, we’ll let you know.

Refunds are available as long as cancellation is received no later than 14 days prior to the event. If the black-tie event cannot go ahead due to Covid-19 and social distancing, we will contact all those who have booked for the event to refund any tickets purchased. However, our event will go ahead, just in a different way! We'll hold a virtual ceremony instead. Please view our terms and conditions for more information.

Yes, just let us know so who they are and if they have any dietary requirements.

At the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel (24-26 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0DD), on the 11th September 2020.

Yes, a few packages remain for 2020! Please head over to our Contact page where you can make a direct enquiry with our event management team.

"We’re delighted to support The Wales Legal Awards again in 2020, having seen first-hand (at the 2019 awards) the strength and innovation of the legal sector in Wales. It’s also a fantastic time for us to be able to further collaborate with leading practitioners in Wales, as we have recently launched our new Pension on Divorce expert service which we believe will be extremely beneficial to our legal connections."

– David Hulse, Director & Senior Financial Planner, Bartholomew Hawkins: sponsor, Boutique Firm of the Year award.

"Mrs. Buckét is delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Law Firm of the Year and to be associated with this annual recognition of excellence in the legal profession."

– Rachael Flanagan, Director, Mrs. Buckét: sponsor, Law Firm of the Year award.

"We’re excited to once again be supporting the Wales Legal Awards. We were impressed with last year's amazing awards night, that really shone a light on the legal community in Wales and the great work it does."

– Mark Allwood, CEO, GlobalX: sponsor, Residential Conveyancing Team of the Year award.

 


Tickets

The Wales Legal Awards 2020 ceremony will be held at the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel on the evening of the 11th September. See our FAQ section, above, for more information.

To register for tickets for the Wales Legal Awards 2020 ceremony, please click here

Our booking Terms & Conditions can be found here.

 

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