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The Law Society

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Charity partner

Greater Manchester Youth Network

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Winners 2019

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

Trainee/Paralegal of the Year
Dovid Black, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Solicitor of the Year
Ruth Fairhurst, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Pro Bono/Community Initiative Award
Hall Brown Family Law

Law Firm Innovation
Ward Hadaway

Team of the Year – Crime
Burton Copeland LLP

Team of the Year – Corporate/Commercial
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Team of the Year - Employment
Stephensons Solicitors LLP

Team of the Year – Family
McAlister Family Law<

Team of the Year – Litigation
JMW Solicitors LLP

Team of the Year – PI/Clinical Negligence
CFG Law

Team of the Year – Private Client
Weightmans LLP

Team of the Year – Property
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Team of the Year – Regulatory
JMW Solicitors LLP

Barrister of the Year
Kate Blackwell QC, Lincoln House Chambers

Barristers’ Chambers of the Year
Lincoln House Chambers

Partner of the Year
Eddie Jones, JMW Solicitors LLP

Law Firm of the Year – small (1-5 partners)
Hall Brown Family Law

Law Firm of the Year – medium (5-20 partners)
Pannone Corporate

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

Lifetime Achievement
Hilary Meredith, Hilary Meredith Solicitors

 
 

 

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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 Â

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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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. Outline a case that has brought you the most personal satisfaction during the qualifying period
  2. Give details of your involvement in three notable cases over the qualifying period
  3. Give specific examples to illustrate how your service and care has exceeded a specific client’s expectations
  4. Explain how you have personally contributed to the success of your Chambers
  5. Tell us about any pro-bono work you have undertaken over the qualifying period

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 qualitiesÂ
  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, and how it’s committed to equality and diversity
  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, and how it’s committed to equality and diversity
  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, and how it’s committed to equality and diversity
  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

Alistair Cree

Partner at Eversheds Sutherland…

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Michelle Garlick

President of Manchester Law Society

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Lucy Roue

Business Writer for the Manchester…

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Fran Eccles-Bech

Chief Executive, Manchester Law…

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Rebecca Yates

Head of Law North West - BPP University…

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Shelina Begum

Business editor, Manchester Evening…

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Bill Kirby

Professional Choice Consultancy

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Louis Rosenthal

Founder and Managing Director -…

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Edward G Smethurst

Chairman, Commerce & Industry Group…

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Stella Bowdell

Director of Membership at Greater…

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Caroline Cain

Head of Financial and Professional…

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Mike Devlin

Head of Family law, Stephensons…

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John Hyde

A leading commentator on the legal…

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Sponsors

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The Venue

The region’s outstanding talent will be honoured
at a splendid dinner at The Midland Hotel on Thursday 7 March 2019.

The Midland


Peter St
Manchester
M60 2DS

2018 Winners' Gallery


About MLA


The Manchester Law Society and Manchester Evening News have once again teamed up to bring you the Manchester Legal Awards 2019.

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 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 7 March 2019 at The Midland Hotel.