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Award Categories 2022

Winners & Finalists

Outstanding Achievement Award

2022

This year’s outstanding contribution award went to Gerard Elias CBE QC who acted as Leading Counsel to the Waterhouse Enquiry into abuse at Children’s Homes in North Wales, to soldiers and civil servants in the Bloody Sunday Enquiry and to the Baha Mousa Enquiry, which is now regarded as an exemplar in running public inquiries. His most famous (and last) case was that involving the Pembrokeshire Coastal path murders which was recently dramatised for television by ITV.

Special Commendation Award

2022

A special commendation award was presented to members of the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership Legal and Risk Services who received a standing ovation from the audience for their work within one of the most challenging environments that any legal team could have faced in the last two years. The 2022 Winner of this special award is:

  • - NWSSP Legal & Risk Services

Commercial Litigation Team of the Year

2022

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 2022 finalists are: - Acuity Law - JCP Solicitors - Redkite Solicitors The 2022 Winner is:

  • - Redkite Solicitors

  • 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.

Employment Team of the Year

2022

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 2022 Finalists are: Acuity Law, AltraLaw, Darwin Gray LLP & Geldards LLP The 2022 Winner is:

  • - Darwin Gray LLP

  • 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.

Family Team of the Year

2022

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 2022 Finalists are: Alun Jones Family Law, Hopkins Law & RDP Law. The 2022 Winner is:

  • - Alun Jones Family Law

  • 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.

Private Client Team of the Year

2022

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 2022 Finalists are: Hopkins Law, Geldards LLP & NewLaw Solicitors. The 2022 Winner is:

  • - Geldards LLP

  • 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.

Personal Injury Team of the Year

2022

This award recognises the outstanding performance from a personal injury team (claimant or defendant) in providing legal expertise and support to its clients. The 2022 Finalists are: Mooneerams Solicitors, Redkite Solicitors, Slater & Gordon & Watkins & Gunn. The 2022 Winner is:

  • - Mooneerams 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

2022

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 2022 Finalists are: CJCH Solicitors, Duncan Lewis Solicitors, Reeds Solicitors & Watkins & Gunn The 2022 Winner is:

  • - CJCH Solicitors

  • 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

2022

This award recognises the outstanding performance of a residential conveyancing team in delivering a smooth transaction and client-focused service for clients. The 2022 Finalists are: Hopkins Law, Redkite Solicitors & JCP Solicitors The 2022 Winner is:

  • - Hopkins Law

  • 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.

Real Estate Team of the Year

2022

This award recognises the outstanding performance from a commercial property team in providing commercial advice to developers, landlords and investors. The 2022 Finalists are: Acuity Law, Blake Morgan LLP & NWSSP Legal & Risk Services. The 2022 Winner is:

  • - Blake Morgan LLP

  • 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.

In-House Team of the Year

2022

This award recognises the outstanding performance of an in-house legal team in Wales, within the public and private sector. The 2022 Finalists are: Admiral Group PLC, NWSSP Legal & Risk Services & Principality Building Society. The 2022 Winner is:

  • - Principality Building Society

  • 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.

Rising Star of the Year

2022

This award recognises one individual lawyer who has been nominated as a Rising Star within the legal profession. The 2022 Finalists are: Adam McGlynn, Acuity Law; Hussein Said, Cardiff LGBTQ+ Law Clinic; Sophie Jenkins – Redkite Solicitors; Rhiannon Phillips, Reeds Solicitors. The 2022 Winner is:

  • - Adam McGlynn - Acuity Law

  • This award is for lawyers with up to 3 years PQE.
  • 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.

Niche Law Firm of the Year

2022

This award recognises the exceptional performance of a niche law firm - one that has truly established itself in its chosen market. The 2022 Finalists are: AltraLaw, Mooneerams Solicitors & Newfields. The 2022 Winner is:

  • - Newfields

  • The winning team will demonstrate extensive development and progress as a business, including but not limited to:
    • strategy
    • growth in a niche field
    • 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

2022

This award recognises the most exceptional law firm in Wales operating in the interests of the client and the profession. The 2022 Finalists are: Acuity Law, Agri Advisor, Blake Morgan LLP & Gamlins Law The 2022 Winner is:

  • - Blake Morgan LLP

  • 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.

Chambers of the Year

2022

This award recognises one barristers' chambers as the leading set in Wales. The 2022 Finalists are: 9 Park Place & 30 Park Place. The 2022 Winner is:

  • - 30 Park Place

  • The winning set will have demonstrated excellence in their practice area(s), innovation, a commitment to diversity and corporate social responsibility.
  • Above all, the chambers will prove a consistent commitment to client support, satisfaction and a proven track record at being involved in the leading/reported cases in their field(s).

Innovation in Legal Services Award

2022

This award recognises a legal practice that has, through innovation and radical change, introduced new or improved ways of providing legal services and / operational agility that have provided sustained success. The 2022 Finalists are: Acuity Law, Admiral Group PLC, NewLaw Solicitors & FLOWS Wales RCJ Advice. The 2022 Winner is:

  • - NewLaw Solicitors

  • This award recognises those which can demonstrate they are transforming the competitive landscape with the delivery of unique new client solutions, technologies, platforms and services.
  • Our judges look for evidence of original concepts— technology-based or otherwise — that improve the speed or quality of service to clients and the wider community, such as developments in e-discovery etc; broaden the range of the organisation’s activity; or increase the operational efficiency and delivery of legal services and / or access to justice.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Award

2022

This award recognises a firm in Wales which has made a demonstrable impact towards increasing equality, diversity and inclusion in their organisation. The 2022 Finalists are: Cardiff LGBTQ+ Law Clinic, NWSSP Legal & Risk Services & Watkins & Gunn. The 2022 Winner is:

  • - Cardiff LGBTQ+ Law Clinic

  • The winning team will demonstrate an initiative that has made a tangible difference in creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace. This could for example be around recruitment and retention, staff networks, accessibility in the workplace, data and monitoring or inclusion champions (or something else).
  • The team will provide evidence that the initiative has promoted a more diverse and inclusive culture in the organisation, here in Wales.
  • Submissions that cover one, some, or all aspects of diversity (including gender, ethnicity, social mobility, disability, health and wellbeing and sexual orientation) are invited.

Service Professionals Team of the Year

2022

This award recognises the outstanding performance of a team in Wales that has consistently delivered excellent services to the legal profession. The 2022 Finalists are: Brightlink Learning Ltd, Forensic Resources Ltd & ntitle Limited. The 2022 Winner is:

  • - ntitle Limited

  • 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

Overall Team of the Year

2022

The winner of this award will be the Welsh legal team that has most impressed the judges overall. The 2022 Winner of Overall Team of the Year is:

  • - Employment Team, - Darwin Gray LLP

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