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Entries Closed

Entries into the Manchester Legal Awards 2017 have now closed and the shortlist will be announced early in the new year.

The short-listed nominees will be notified by Fran Eccles-Bech, Chief Executive of Manchester Law Society, and invited to be interviewed by the judges on Friday 20 January 2017.

As you will appreciate, it is logistically difficult to get all of the judges together on one day so Friday 20 January 2017 is the only date available for interviews. Therefore, if you have entered, please keep this date free.

 
 

 

See what happened at MLA 2016!

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Categories

This year's categories and criteria

Trainee/Paralegal of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Give details of a specific situation to illustrate your/their delivery of exemplary client care
  2. Outline a real scenario to demonstrate your/their commercial acumen
  3. Provide details of an event where professional integrity prevailed over other considerations
  4. Describe an occasion where your/their team and people skills were demonstrated
  5. Outline evidence to show your/their technical progress and development

Solicitor of the Year (excludes legal director/member/principal lawyer/consultant)

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Outline how much income you/they have been directly responsible for in the qualifying period
  2. Describe your/their contribution to the success of significant cases or projects in the qualifying period
  3. Provide one specific example to demonstrate how you/they have provided added-value service to a client
  4. Explain how you/they are developing a reputation in your/their area of expertise and standing out from your/their peers
  5. Give an account of a specific incident or event that demonstrated your/their inherent leadership qualities  

Pro Bono / Community Initiative

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Give details of an initiative you have introduced during the qualifying period that demonstrates corporate social responsibility
  2. What motivated you to introduce this initiative
  3. Explain how you secured buy-in and support internally for this initiative
  4. Outline the impact and results achieved for the pro bono client over the qualifying period
  5. Detail the benefits that have been derived from this initiative internally

Law Firm Innovation Award

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Explain the rationale that led your firm to introduce a more innovative way of delivering legal services over the qualifying period
  2. Describe how you have implemented this innovation
  3. Outline the benefits of this innovation to your firm
  4. Summarise the benefits of this innovation to your clients
  5. Explain how your firm will maintain momentum and continue to benefit from this innovation in the future

Corporate / Commercial - Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Explain why the quality of service you offer is exceptional and illustrate your claims with specific examples
  2. Give details of your involvement in three notable cases over the qualifying period
  3. Indicate how valued qualities and skills are being transferred to younger team members
  4. Using specific examples, illustrate the commercial value or personal impact of your services to clients
  5. Set out your team’s financial performance over the qualifying period and how you plan to maintain growth

Crime - Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Explain why the quality of service you offer is exceptional and illustrate your claims with specific examples
  2. Give details of your involvement in three notable cases over the qualifying period
  3. Indicate how valued qualities and skills are being transferred to younger team members
  4. Using specific examples, illustrate the commercial value or personal impact of your services to clients
  5. Explain the steps you have taken to achieve financial stability in a changing legal landscape

Employment - Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Explain why the quality of service you offer is exceptional and illustrate your claims with specific examples
  2. Give details of your involvement in three notable cases over the qualifying period
  3. Indicate how valued qualities and skills are being transferred to younger team members
  4. Using specific examples, illustrate the commercial value or personal impact of your services to clients
  5. Confirm your team’s financial performance over the qualifying period and how you intend to maintain growth

Litigation - Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Explain why the quality of service you offer is exceptional and illustrate your claims with specific examples
  2. Give details of your involvement in three notable cases over the qualifying period
  3. Indicate how valued qualities and skills are being transferred to younger team members
  4. Using specific examples, illustrate the commercial value or personal impact of your services to clients
  5. Confirm your team’s financial performance over the qualifying period and how you intend to maintain growth

Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence - Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Explain why the quality of service you offer is exceptional and illustrate your claims with specific examples
  2. Give details of your involvement in three notable cases over the qualifying period
  3. Indicate how valued qualities and skills are being transferred to younger team members
  4. Using specific examples, illustrate the commercial value or personal impact of your services to clients
  5. Set out your team’s financial performance over the qualifying period and how you plan to maintain growth

Family - Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Explain why the quality of service you offer is exceptional and illustrate your claims with specific examples
  2. Give details of your involvement in three notable cases over the qualifying period
  3. Indicate how valued qualities and skills are being transferred to younger team members
  4. Using specific examples, illustrate the commercial value or personal impact of your services to clients
  5. Set out your team’s financial performance over the qualifying period and how you plan to maintain growth

Private Client - Team of the Year

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Crime, Corporate/Commercial, Employment, Litigation, Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence, Private Client, Property, Regulatory.

In all the above, as well as sector specific skills in their area of practice, they must display teamwork, innovation and service, particularly in the context of the current financial/business environment, client sensitivity, a commitment to quality and value and an awareness of the  needs of and sensitivities of the sector.

10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Explain why the quality of service you offer is exceptional and illustrate your claims with specific examples
  2. Give details of your involvement in three notable cases over the qualifying period
  3. Indicate how valued qualities and skills are being transferred to younger team members
  4. Using specific examples, illustrate the commercial value or personal impact of your services to clients
  5. Set out your team’s financial performance over the qualifying period and how you plan to maintain growth

Property - Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Explain why the quality of service you offer is exceptional and illustrate your claims with specific examples
  2. Give details of your involvement in three notable cases over the qualifying period
  3. Indicate how valued qualities and skills are being transferred to younger team members
  4. Using specific examples, illustrate the commercial value or personal impact of your services to clients
  5. Set out your team’s financial performance over the qualifying period and how you plan to maintain growth

Regulatory - Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Explain why the quality of service you offer is exceptional and illustrate your claims with specific examples
  2. Give details of your involvement in three notable cases over the qualifying period
  3. Indicate how valued qualities and skills are being transferred to younger team members
  4. Using specific examples, illustrate the commercial value or personal impact of your services to clients
  5. Set out your team’s financial performance over the qualifying period and how you plan to maintain growth

Barrister of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Success of your practice - work highlights in past 12 months
  2. High level of performance in specific practice area(s)
  3. Service delivery, client care & commitment
  4. Contribution to Chambers overall success (Committees etc)
  5. Non fee earning work (training, seminars, charitable etc)

Barristers' Chambers of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Explain why the quality of service offered by your Chambers is exceptional and illustrate your claims with specific examples
  2. Give details of your Chambers’ involvement in three notable cases over the qualifying period
  3. Tell us about any pro bono work undertaken by your Chambers over the qualifying period, evidencing the impact
  4. Describe how your Chambers has invested in the success of the region’s legal sector over the qualifying period
  5. Set out how you maintain a sense of collective pride and contribution within your Chambers

Partner of the Year (includes legal directors/members/principal lawyers/consultants)

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each

  1. Explain how you/they have maintained or enhanced the reputation of your firm during the qualifying period
  2. Give an account of a specific incident or event that demonstrated your/their leadership qualities 
  3. Explain how your/their vision has positively influenced the future strategy of your/their practice
  4. Indicate how valued qualities and skills are being transferred to younger members of your/their team
  5. What has been your single greatest contribution to the wellbeing of your practice during the qualifying period

Law Firm of the Year - small (1-5 partners nationally)

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each.

  1. Detail your firm’s top three highlights from the qualifying period
  2. Summarise your financial performance over the qualifying period, including year on year comparisons, and highlighting any areas of exceptional growth
  3. Describe how your firm attracts and retains new staff
  4. List three new clients you have attracted during the qualifying period
  5. Explain how you measure client satisfaction and promote client loyalty

Law Firm of the Year - medium (6-20 partners nationally)

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each.

  1. Detail your firm’s top three highlights from the qualifying period
  2. Summarise your financial performance over the qualifying period, including year on year comparisons, and highlighting any areas of exceptional growth
  3. Describe how your firm attracts and retains new staff
  4. List three new clients you have attracted during the qualifying period
  5. Explain how you measure client satisfaction and promote client loyalty

Law Firm of the Year - large (20+ partners nationally)

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each.

  1. Detail your firm’s top three highlights from the qualifying period
  2. Summarise your financial performance over the qualifying period, including year on year comparisons, and highlighting any areas of exceptional growth
  3. Describe how your firm attracts and retains new staff
  4. List three new clients you have attracted during the qualifying period
  5. Explain how you measure client satisfaction and promote client loyalty

Lifetime Achievement

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Please nominate a lawyer or legal professional who you think has made an unrivalled impact and lasting contribution to the legal services market in the region during their lifetime.

Using up to 1,000 words, set out why you think your nominated person deserves to be recognised. Your submission should consider such qualities as their pioneering business flair, the values and ethical standards they uphold, why they are an inspiration and why they will have made a long lasting impact on the legal community.

The Council of the Manchester Law Society will review all nominations and announce the recipient at the Awards Dinner.

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Meet the judges

We’ve selected a panel of highly successful, well respected business people from around the North West

Professional Choice Consultancy

Bill Kirby

Professional Choice Consultancy

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Director of legal apprenticeship programmes

Tricia Chatterton

Director of legal apprenticeship…

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A leading commentator on the legal profession

John Hyde

A leading commentator on the legal…

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Chairman, Commerce & Industry Group North West

Edward G Smethurst

Chairman, Commerce & Industry Group…

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Chief Executive, Manchester Law Society

Fran Eccles-Bech

Chief Executive, Manchester Law…

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Chief Executive of pro.manchester

John Ashcroft

Chief Executive of pro.manchester

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 Chief Executive, berg

Alison Loveday

Chief Executive, berg

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Head of Business, Manchester Evening News

Shelina Begum

Head of Business, Manchester Evening…

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Managing Director, RMS PR

Ruth Shearn

Managing Director, RMS PR

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Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Clive Memmott

Chief Executive, Greater Manchester…

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Designated Civil Judge for Greater Manchester

HH Judge Allan Gore QC

Designated Civil Judge for Greater…

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Resident Judge at Manchester Crown Court

HH Judge David Stockdale QC

Resident Judge at Manchester Crown…

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Sponsors

The support from sponsors and partners make the awards possible.
If you are interested in sponsoring the 2017 Manchester Legal Awards you can register your interest by folling the link below.


The Venue

The region’s outstanding talent will be honoured
at a splendid dinner at The Midland Hotel on Thursday 2 March 2017.

The Midland


Peter St
Manchester
M60 2DS

2016 Winners' Gallery


About MLA


The Manchester Law Society and the Manchester Evening News have once again teamed up to bring you the Manchester Legal Awards 2017.

Now firmly established on the legal calendar, the Manchester Legal Awards recognise and reward the wide range of skills and talent this region has to offer.

The categories encourage nominations from small, medium and large sized firms and chambers, with a range of individual and team awards. The region's outstanding talent will be honoured at a glamorous and glittering black tie dinner on Thursday 2 March 2017 at The Midland Hotel.