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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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).

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

Criminal Team of the Year

2020

This award recognises the outstanding performance from a criminal team in providing innovative and practical defence advice to individuals.

  • The winning team will demonstrate a commitment to providing justice for individuals either on a legal aid or privately paying basis.
  • This team will have demonstrable outstanding knowledge of the field which has been recognised across Wales.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Outstanding Commitment to Training

2020

This award recognises the outstanding performance from a training team within a law firm or organisation, in offering tailored and effective training across the legal business.

  • The winning team will demonstrate innovative design and delivery methods for the organisation’s training and development programme whilst working with individuals to identify training needs.
  • This team will demonstrate it has provided regular events for a range of stakeholders with a focus on upskilling to increase performance and that the outcome has supported the strategic aims of the 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

Barristers' Chambers of the Year

2020

This award recognises one set of Barristers' Chambers as the leading set in Wales.

  • The winning set will have demonstrated excellence in their practice area(s) and provide an innovative service that offers clients the highest level of service, support and satisfaction.
  • This set will have a strong commitment to diversity and corporate social responsibility with a reputation for technical excellence and practical solutions.
  • This set will demonstrate its development into new and challenging areas of law with a proven track record at being involved in the leading/reported cases in their field(s).

Rising Star of the Year

2020

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Outstanding Contribution to the Sector

2020

This award will go to an outstanding individual who, through personal commitment and excellent professional practice of the highest standards, has made a significant contribution to the development of the legal profession in Wales.

  • The winner of this award will be an exemplar of the legal profession having demonstrated high standards of integrity in their endeavours.
  • This is a judges’ choice award. Nominations are not required for this category.