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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 and Presidents of regional law societies in Wales. Once a shortlist is created, our judges take the time to interview each shortlisted team or individual to identify the category winners.

Our judging panel 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.

Charlotte Leyshon, Founder of the Wales Legal Awards & Partner, Lux Family Law, said:

“We are thrilled to be celebrating the best of Welsh legal talent in Wales at the 2023 Wales Legal Awards. We know the impact that the legal profession is having on so many aspects of our lives in Wales on a daily basis and Welsh law firms are not only growing and diversifying their offering within but making a real difference to the practice of law”

Celebrate with us!

The Wales Legal Awards ceremony is a black tie evening event, hosted on Friday 24th November at the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel.

New categories for 2023

To celebrate the contribution of the legal profession to the business community and the Welsh economy of Wales, number of new categories have been established. These include the Start-up and Scale-up Advisory Team of the Year 2023, which recognises the vital role that the legal profession plays in supporting the Welsh entrepreneurial ecosystem and the Marketing and Business Development Award, which will showcase the successful marketing and business development by legal firms in Wales in promoting their brands and services.

Other categories include an overall award for the Welsh Legal Team of the Year, for Rising Star of the Year and a new category for Legal PA of the year, celebrating the efforts of those who contribute to the overall success of the legal firm by efficiently managing administrative tasks and providing excellent support. There will also be a special award that recognises one individual’s outstanding contribution to the Welsh legal profession, an honour which has previously been awarded to Alan Meredith and Gerard Elias QC.

Chairman of the judging panel, Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, said:

“The legal profession in Wales has long been overlooked in terms of not only the contribution it makes to economic growth but also in supporting those entrepreneurial ventures that create wealth and prosperity across a range of sectors. I am delighted that we are not only recognising the excellent work of Welsh lawyers this year but also the contribution of everyone working in the legal sector through new awards such as marketing and business development and legal PA of the year”

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 new headline sponsor Validient.

Ieuan Leigh, founder and CEO of Validient, said


"Sponsoring the Wales Legal Awards allowed us to support the fantastic work that is going on around the Welsh legal landscape whilst also broadening our network to showcase the work we do here at Validient around compliance management. It is refreshing to be in a room with the entire Welsh legal eco-system all celebrating their own and each other's success ranging from team growth to legal technology innovation. We very much look forward to supporting the Wales Legal Awards in the near and distant future."

Our Charity of the Year 2023

CF Warriors is a small Welsh charity dedicated to helping children with cystic fibrosis, no matter where they are in the world, live a longer, happier and healthier life through its research funding and motivational Warrior Pack programmes.

Josh Llewellyn-Jones OBE, CF Warriors Founder, said


“We are so grateful to the Wales Legal Awards for supporting CF Warriors at this year’s celebrations. It’s a great honour to be involved in such a prestigious event, and it will be a huge help to the charity as we look to help more children with cystic fibrosis live longer, happier and healthier lives.”


Yes. The Wales Legal Awards ceremony will take place on Friday 24th November 2023, at the Mercure Cardiff Hotel, from 6:30pm.

Please view our 'Judges' page to view this year's independent judging panel.

The Wales Legal Awards Finalists 2023 will be announced in October when you will be able to click on the 'Finalists' tab to view the teams and individuals shortlisted for this year's awards.

We are delighted to announce that our charity of the year is CF Warriors. This small Welsh charity is dedicated to helping children with cystic fibrosis, no matter where they are in the world, live a longer, happier and healthier life through their Research Funding and motivational Warrior Pack Programmes.







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