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Winners 2016

Congratulations to all the winners this year. Be sure to look out for next years awards.

Chartered Legal Executive of the Year
Rachel Stevens, Keoghs Solicitors

Trainee of the Year
Chloe Themistocleous, JMW Solicitors LLP

Associate of the Year
Elizabeth Tindall, Eversheds LLP

Pro Bono/Community Initiative Award
Eversheds LLP

Law Firm Innovation
Aequitas Legal

Team of the Year – Crime
Olliers Solicitors

Team of the Year – Corporate/Commercial
Eversheds LLP

Team of the Year - Employment
DAC Beachcroft

Team of the Year – Litigation
Eversheds LLP

Team of the Year – PI/Clinical Negligence
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors LLP

Team of the Year – Private Client
Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Team of the Year – Property
Shoosmiths

Team of the Year – Regulatory
LHS Solicitors LLP

Barrister of the Year
Sally Harrison QC, St Johns Buildings

Barristers’ Chambers of the Year
Garden Court North

Partner of the Year
Rob Elvin, Squire Patton Boggs

Law Firm of the Year – small (1-5 partners)
HRC Law LLP

Law Firm of the Year – medium (5-20 partners)
Turner Parkinson LLP

Law Firm of the Year – large (20+ partners)
Eversheds LLP

Lifetime Achievement
Graeme K Jump - Weightmans LLP

 
 

 

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Categories

This year's categories and criteria

Chartered Legal Executive of the Year

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Exceptional and outstanding achievement as a contribution to the practice.  High levels of client relationship skills and loyalty and overall performance in the context of the firm.

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

  1. Client relationship skills
  2. Commercial awareness and acumen
  3. Legal and technical skills
  4. Financial contribution to your firm over the last twelve months
  5. Interpersonal skills and team work

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Trainee of the Year

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Demonstrated outstanding achievement during their training contract either in a client context or through pro bono. Must display a client focused attitude, initiative and excellence in their work and sensitivity to professional values along with leadership potential within and outside the law firm.

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

  1. Client Care
  2. Commercial Awareness and Acumen
  3. Professional Values demonstrated
  4. Interpersonal Skills and Team Work
  5. Legal and technical skills

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Associate of the Year

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Exceptional and outstanding achievement as a contribution to the practice. High levels of client relationship skills and loyalty, evidence of leadership potential within and outside the firm.

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

  1. Financial contribution to your firm/company over the last twelve months
  2. Involvement in any significant projects during the last 12 months
  3. How you have personally added value and impacted the client experience
  4. In the current market conditions how are you developing a presence in your area of expertise and how do you stand out from your peers
  5. Evidence of leadership potential within and outside the firm

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Pro Bono / Community Initiative

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An award for the legal team that has made the strongest overall contribution to “corporate & social responsibility” with reference to a range of activities including pro bono and community activities and workplace initiatives such as diversity.  Must have demonstrated sustainable commitment and flair.

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

  1. Effective delivery of corporate and social responsibility objectives
  2. Innovation
  3. Best practice
  4. Promotion of public interest
  5. How has this project developed your business and your people

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Law Firm Innovation Award

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This award seeks to identify a project or new way of working that genuinely breaks new ground in the delivery of legal services. This could be a client-facing project or an internal development that transforms a key element of the firm's culture or performance. It could involve individual teams - such as business development, finance or human resources - or it could span a number of departments. The entry should clearly set out the original starting goals and provide hard evidence that these have been achieved.

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

  1. Applying forward thinking vision in the delivery of legal services
  2. Clearly defined starting objectives and evidence as to how the innovation has achieved these objectives
  3. Demonstration of how the innovation has transformed the business
  4. Explanation of the tangible benefits to your clients of the innovation
  5. Details of how the innovation has made a financial contribution to your firm over the last 12 months (or is anticipated to over the next 12 months)

Corporate / Commercial - 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. Quality of legal services offered
  2. Recent reported cases in which the firm has acted
  3. Training and career progression of employees
  4. Outcomes – what does your work mean to the clients you serve
  5. Financial performance

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Crime - 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. Quality of legal services offered
  2. Recent reported cases in which the firm has acted
  3. Training and career progression of employees
  4. Outcomes – what does your work mean to the clients you serve
  5. Financial performance

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Employment - 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. Quality of legal services offered
  2. Recent reported cases in which the firm has acted
  3. Training and career progression of employees
  4. Outcomes – what does your work mean to the clients you serve
  5. Financial performance

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Litigation - 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. Quality of legal services offered
  2. Recent reported cases in which the firm has acted
  3. Training and career progression of employees
  4. Outcomes – what does your work mean to the clients you serve
  5. Financial performance

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Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence - 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. Quality of legal services offered
  2. Recent reported cases in which the firm has acted
  3. Training and career progression of employees
  4. Outcomes – what does your work mean to the clients you serve
  5. Financial performance

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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. Quality of legal services offered
  2. Recent reported cases in which the firm has acted
  3. Training and career progression of employees
  4. Outcomes – what does your work mean to the clients you serve
  5. Financial performance

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Property - 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. Quality of legal services offered
  2. Recent reported cases in which the firm has acted
  3. Training and career progression of employees
  4. Outcomes – what does your work mean to the clients you serve
  5. Financial performance

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Regulatory - 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. Quality of legal services offered
  2. Recent reported cases in which the firm has acted
  3. Training and career progression of employees
  4. Outcomes – what does your work mean to the clients you serve
  5. Financial performance

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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)

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Barristers' Chambers of the Year

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The set that has most consistently performed at the highest level in a range of disputes. Outstanding professional service delivery, innovative, forward thinking and client focused, with a commitment to the community.

  1. Contributions to the community such as pro bono work
  2. Outstanding professional service delivery
  3. High level performance in a range of practice areas including development of interesting, challenging or new areas of law and involvement in leading cases
  4. Client care and commitment
  5. Non fee earning work such as training and broader contribution to the legal profession

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Partner of the Year

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Made a major contribution to the success of their practice in the last year. Key factors will be evidence of strong management and leadership, with improved financial performance and market profile, strategic skills and overall performance in the context of the firm.

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

  1. Market profile
  2. Strategic vision through leadership and management
  3. Contribution to the success of their practice over the last twelve months
  4. Dedication to clients
  5. Non fee earning work such as marketing, establishing new initiatives and broader contribution to the profession and the community

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

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All three groups must display, in the context of their size, successful implementation of their strategic goals. This would be shown by the development of new practice areas and or new client initiatives, strategic consolidation, financial and management performance in the sector, responding to the emerging legal services agenda, responding to the current financial context. 10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each.

  1. New developments in practice areas and/or client initiatives and innovation in client service delivery and pricing
  2. Financial and management performance and growth over the last twelve months
  3. New client wins
  4. Excellent talent management and workplace development
  5. Consistent excellence in their chosen sector/s

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

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All three groups must display, in the context of their size, successful implementation of their strategic goals. This would be shown by the development of new practice areas and or new client initiatives, strategic consolidation, financial and management performance in the sector, responding to the emerging legal services agenda, responding to the current financial context. 10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each.

  1. New developments in practice areas and/or client initiatives and innovation in client service delivery and pricing
  2. Financial and management performance and growth over the last twelve months
  3. New client wins
  4. Excellent talent management and workplace development
  5. Consistent excellence in their chosen sector/s

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

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All three groups must display, in the context of their size, successful implementation of their strategic goals. This would be shown by the development of new practice areas and or new client initiatives, strategic consolidation, financial and management performance in the sector, responding to the emerging legal services agenda, responding to the current financial context. 10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should all be no longer than 200 words each.

  1. New developments in practice areas and/or client initiatives and innovation in client service delivery and pricing
  2. Financial and management performance and growth over the last twelve months
  3. New client wins
  4. Excellent talent management and workplace development
  5. Consistent excellence in their chosen sector/s

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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.

Click here to submit your nomination

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Meet the judges

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

Director at Deloitte

Tim Grogan

Director at Deloitte

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Chief Executive of pro.manchester

John Ashcroft

Chief Executive of pro.manchester

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Professional Choice Consultancy

Bill Kirby

Professional Choice Consultancy

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Chief Executive, Manchester Law Society

Fran Eccles-Bech

Chief Executive, Manchester Law…

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Chairman, Commerce & Industry Group North West

Edward G Smethurst

Chairman, Commerce & Industry Group…

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A leading commentator on the legal profession

John Hyde

A leading commentator on the legal…

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Managing Director, RMS PR

Ruth Shearn

Managing Director, RMS PR

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Managing Director, Converge Technology Specialists

Nigel Wright

Managing Director, Converge Technology…

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President Insurance Institute of Manchester

Martin Jackson

President Insurance Institute of…

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Head of Business, Manchester Evening News

Shelina Begum

Head of Business, Manchester Evening…

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Senior Academic at BPP University Manchester & Liverpool

Tricia Chatterton

Senior Academic at BPP University…

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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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The Venue

The region’s outstanding talent will be honoured
at a splendid dinner at The Midland Hotel on Thursday 3rd March 2016.

The Midland


Peter St
Manchester
M60 2DS

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About MLA


The Manchester Law Society and the Manchester Evening News have once again teamed up to bring you the Manchester Legal Awards 2016.

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 3rd March 2016 at The Midland Hotel.