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The finalists for this category in 2020 are:

Innovation in response to Covid-19

2020

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact of lockdown on the Welsh legal sector, we’re launching a new award recognising ‘Innovation in response to Covid-19'. Finalists:

  • - Agri Advisor Legal LLP
  • - JCP Solicitors
  • - NWSSP Legal & Risk Services
  • - Redkite Solicitors

This award will celebrate a legal entity in Wales that can evidence one or more of the following:

• Excelled in supporting clients during the pandemic and crafted new ways to continue working while safeguarding employees, clients and suppliers
• Successfully diversified or changed its approach to reflect the impact of the crisis on clients and the business
• Harnessed the power of technology and committed to ensuring a long-term vision for its use and value in the business in the long-term e.g. new communication tools, block chain technology etc
• Championed time and assets to access to justice during the crisis
• Been a driving force in campaigns or approaches that have helped safeguard those involved in the justice process in Wales.

Commercial Litigation Team of the Year

2020

This award recognises outstanding performance from a litigation team in Wales, in providing commercially astute advice in relation to any dispute either for commercial clients or individuals. Finalists:

  • - Acuity Law
  • - Blake Morgan
  • - Geldards

  • The winning team will have successfully advised on, strategised and delivered the best result for its client(s) with a clear focus on client care.
  • Displaying a point of difference / a flexible approach to changes in the legal market.
  • Provide examples of how the team’s work has been recognised/appreciated by the legal and business community in Wales and beyond.
  • This team will set new standards in the delivery of legal services and demonstrate a market-leading position.

Corporate & Commercial Team of the Year

2020

This award recognises the outstanding performance from a corporate and/or commercial law team in Wales, providing commercial advice and support. Finalists:

  • - Acuity Law
  • - Blake Morgan

  • The winning team will have provided proactive, innovative and commercial advice to clients in the context of either one exceptional deal or ongoing commercial advice and support.
  • The winning team will also be able to evidence excellence in client service.
  • It will also be able to provide examples of how the team’s work has been recognised/appreciated by the legal and business community in Wales and beyond.

Real Estate Team of the Year

2020

This award recognises the outstanding performance from a commercial property team in providing commercial advice to developers, landlords and investors. Finalists:

  • - Acuity Law
  • - Blake Morgan

  • The winning team will demonstrate it is at the forefront of the provision of high quality advice in relation to commercial property, construction, planning and/or disputes arising from commercial property in Wales.
  • Evidence excellence in client service.
  • Evidence innovation / a flexible approach to changes in the legal market.

Employment Team of the Year

2020

This award recognises the outstanding performance from an employment team in Wales in providing commercial, practical and sympathetic solutions for both employees and employers. Finalists:

  • - Acuity Law
  • - NWSSP Legal & Risk Services
  • - Redkite Solicitors

  • The winning team will be able to demonstrate it has provided bespoke advice and obtained the best result for its client(s).
  • Evidence excellence in client service.
  • Display a point of difference / a flexible approach to changes in the legal market.
  • Provide examples of how the team’s work has been recognised/appreciated by the legal and business community in Wales and beyond.

Private Client Team of the Year

2020

This award recognises the outstanding performance from a private client team in providing truly exceptional and bespoke legal advice to clients in relation to their private affairs (wills, tax, trusts, estates, contentious probate, court of protection work and powers of attorney). Finalists:

  • - CJCH
  • - JCP Solicitors
  • - NewLaw

  • The winning team will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in advising in all areas of private client services and their ability to offer compassionate yet innovative advice.
  • Evidence excellence in client service.
  • Provide examples of how the team’s work has been recognised/appreciated by the legal and business community in Wales and beyond.

Family Team of the Year

2020

This award recognises the outstanding performance from a family law team in providing truly exceptional and bespoke legal advice to clients at this difficult time. Finalists:

  • - Hopkins Law
  • - Watkins & Gunn

  • The winning team will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in advising in all areas of family law and their ability to offer compassionate yet innovative advice.
  • Evidence excellence in client service.
  • Provide examples of how the team’s work has been recognised/appreciated by the legal and business community in Wales and beyond.

Regulatory & White Collar Crime Team of the Year

2020

This award recognises the outstanding performance of a regulatory team in delivering dedicated advice and representation in relation to regulatory issues and corporate crime (including fraud, money laundering and prosecutions from government agencies for non-compliance). Finalists:

  • - Richard Nelson LLP
  • - Radcliffes Le Brasseur

  • The winning team will demonstrate its provision of commercially focused, discreet and strategic advice to clients.

Personal Injury Team of the Year

2020

This award recognises the outstanding performance from a personal injury team (claimant or defendant) in providing legal expertise and support to its clients. Finalists:

  • - Mooneerams
  • - NWSSP Legal & Risk Services
  • - Redkite Solicitors

  • The winning team will have a reputation for market-leading practice and innovation.
  • This team will understand the importance and impact of their campaigns in advancing the law in this area.
  • This team will have ongoing success across a broad spectrum of high value cases and a team approach that benefits their clients as well as the firm’s overall business propositions and operations.
  • The winning team may also demonstrate excellence in group action work, pro bono cases, charity collaborations, etc.

Public Law Team of the Year

2020

This award recognises the outstanding performance from a public law team in providing bespoke and tailored advice on the welfare and rights of their clients, in addition to increasing access to justice in Wales. Finalists:

  • - Duncan Lewis Solicitors
  • - Harding Evans Solicitors
  • - Watkins & Gunn

  • The winning team will demonstrate the importance of human rights and public law work within Wales.
  • Evidence innovation and a flexible approach to challenges to the legal market.
  • Provide examples of how the team’s work has directly helped shape public services / policy / access to justice / equality and fairness for Welsh society.

Residential Conveyancing Team of the Year

2020

This award recognises the outstanding performance of a residential conveyancing team in delivering a smooth transaction and client-focused service for clients. Finalists:

  • - Harding Evans Solicitors
  • - HCB Solicitors
  • - Hek Jones Solicitors

  • The winning team will demonstrate cost effectiveness, commitment and professionalism at what is often a fraught time for clients.
  • This team will demonstrate its ability to build genuine relationships with their clients and provide bespoke and excellent advice.
  • Evidence excellence in client service.
  • Evidence innovation / a flexible approach to changes in the legal market.
  • Provide examples of how the team’s work has been recognised/appreciated by the legal and business community in Wales and beyond.

In-House Team of the Year

2020

This award recognises the outstanding performance of an in-house legal team in Wales, within the public and private sector. Finalists:

  • - Admiral Group PLC
  • - NWSSP Legal & Risk Services
  • - Welsh Rugby Union

  • The winning team will demonstrate it has fulfilled its objectives and excelled across the full spectrum of in-house responsibilities including legal expertise, innovation, teamwork, efficiency and a clear contribution to the strategy and delivery of service within the organisation/business.

Corporate & Social Responsibility Team of the Year

2020

This award recognises an excellent corporate and social responsibility programme within the legal sector in Wales. Finalists:

  • - AltraLaw
  • - Watkins & Gunn

  • The winning programme will demonstrate a strategic commitment to one or some of the following: green and sustainable practices, environmental awareness, charity work, pro-bono initiatives and involvement in local communities across Wales.
  • This team will demonstrate their ability to make a significant difference through improving the sustainability of their working practices, providing advice and support to local communities and charities, and offering a healthy working environment.

Service Professionals Team of the Year

2020

This award recognises the outstanding performance of a team in Wales that has consistently delivered excellent services to the legal profession. Finalists:

  • - BARBRI Altior
  • - Brewin Dolphin
  • - Stokes Case Management
  • - Zest Recruitment & Legal Consultancy Ltd

  • Examples of ‘service providers to the legal sector’ include organisations such as: IT support; marketing; business development; financial services; insurance services; translation services; software; shredding services; expert witness services; storage/archiving, and; costs draftsman.
  • The winning team will demonstrate a consistent delivery of innovative and client-focused services to enhance its clients’ legal offering.
  • The winning team may also demonstrate any value-added services that benefit the wider community or legal sector in Wales

Rising Star of the Year

2020

This award recognises one individual who has been nominated as a Rising Star within the legal profession. Finalists:

  • - Manon Williams - Agri Advisor Legal LLP
  • - Alexis Thomas - CJCH
  • - Molly Fensome-Lush - Clarke Willmott LLP

  • This individual will already be demonstrating a high level of involvement within the profession and area of practice – bringing insight, flair and imagination to everything they do.
  • This is one of only two awards for an individual and the judges will be looking for personal and professional excellence alongside evidence of an individual who stands heads and shoulders above their contemporaries in Wales.
  • The judges want to see evidence of:
    • significant contribution to legal services through their work;
    • positive social or commercial impact through their actions;
    • creativity and hard work consistently demonstrated.

Boutique Firm of the Year

2020

This award recognises the exceptional performance of a boutique law firm in terms of establishing itself in its chosen market. Finalists:

  • - AltraLaw
  • - Loosemores
  • - Newfields

  • The winning team will demonstrate extensive development and progress as a business, including but not limited to:
    • strategy
    • growth
    • financial performance
    • employee development
    • diversity and training.
  • This team will demonstrate its ability to creatively and effectively compete with multi-practice firms whilst exceeding the expectations of basic client care and professionalism.

Law Firm of the Year

2020

This award recognises the most exceptional law firm in Wales operating in the interests of the client and the profession. Finalists:

  • - Acuity Law
  • - Agri Advisor Legal LLP
  • - RDP Law

  • The winning team will demonstrate that they are leaders in their chosen market and show their extensive development and progress as a business within the last year.
  • This team will also demonstrate active engagement with the community, corporate initiatives and pro-bono work.
  • Entrants to this award must be able to demonstrate they are the ‘whole package’ within the legal sector and be able to show a rounded approach to the delivery of legal services.

Overall Team of the Year

2020

The winner of this award will be the Welsh legal team that has most impressed the judges overall.

  • This is a judges’ choice award. Nominations are not required for this category.