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Shortlist Announced

Entries into the Manchester Legal Awards 2020 have now closed and the full shortlist is available below.

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 17th January 2020.

As you will appreciate, it is logistically difficult to get all of the judges together on one day so Friday 17th January 2020 is the only date available for interviews. Shortlisted entrants will be provided with a judging timetable in the coming days.


Trainee/Paralegal/Apprentice of the Year
Hannah Costley, Burton Copeland
Hayley Crombleholme, Irwin Mitchell
Annie Hennis, Trowers & Hamlins
Lizzie McPeake, JMW Solicitors LLP
Kurtis Windrow, Eversheds Sutherland

Solicitor of the Year
Saoirse de Bont, Irwin Mitchell
Amanda Lea, DWF Law
Cheryl Palmer-Hughes, Irwin Mitchell
Sarah Sharples, Irwin Mitchell

Pro Bono/Community Initiative of the Year
Irwin Mitchell
MMU Law School Pro Bono Network
University of Manchester Justice Hub
Weightmans LLP

Law Firm Innovation of the Year
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
TLT LLP
TQ Property Lawyers

Corporate / Commercial Team of the Year
Beyond Corporate Law
Eversheds Sutherland
Mills & Reeve
Weightmans LLP

Crime Team of the Year
Clifford Johnston & Co
Mortons Solicitors Limited
Olliers Solicitors
Stephensons Solicitors

Employment Team of the Year
Freeths
Eversheds Sutherland
TLT LLP
Kuits

Family Law Team of the Year
AFG Law
Hall Brown
Irwin Mitchell
JMW Solicitors LLP

Litigation Team of the Year
Brabners LLP
Eversheds Sutherland
JMW Solicitors LLP
Mills & Reeve

Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Team of the Year
Aequitas Legal
CFG Law
Horwich Cohen Coglan
JMW Solicitors LLP

Private Client Team of the Year
Irwin Mitchell
Hugh Jones Solicitors
Linder Myers
Weightmans LLP

Property Team of the Year
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Eversheds Sutherland
JMW Solicitors LLP
Kuits

Regulatory Team of the Year
DWF Law
Eversheds Sutherland
JMW Solicitors LLP
Kuits

Barrister/QC of the Year
Jaime Hamilton QC, 9 St John Street Chambers
Henry Blackshaw, Lincoln House Chambers
Mary O’Rourke QC, Deans Court Chambers

Barristers Chambers of the Year
9 St John Street Chambers
Deans Court Chambers
Kings Chambers
St Johns Buildings

Partner of the Year
Matthew Claughton, Olliers Solicitors
Ian Lewis, JMW Solicitors LLP
Richard Scorer, Slater and Gordon
Rachel Somerset, Mills & Reeve

Small Firm of the Year (1-5 partners nationally)
Burton Copeland
Greenhalgh Kerr
Hugh Jones Solicitors
Latitude Law

Medium Firm of the Year (6-20 partners nationally)
Hall Brown
Glaisyers
Horwich Cohen Coghlan

Large Firm of the Year (20+ partners nationally)
Eversheds Sutherland
Irwin Mitchell
JMW Solicitors LLP
TLT LLP

 
 

 

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Categories

This year's categories and criteria

Trainee/Paralegal/Apprentice 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. Describe the piece of work you have undertaken in the qualifying period that you are most proud of
  2. Give one specific example to illustrate how much progress you have made in the qualifying period
  3. Outline an instance when your team and people skills were demonstrated
  4. Describe an instance when you exceeded your employer’s expectations in the performance of your duties

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 one specific matter you have handled during the qualifying period and explain why it had a major impact on you and your client/ organisation
  2. Give an account of a specific incident that demonstrates your leadership qualities
  3. Provide one specific example of how you have provided added-value service to a client/ organisation
  4. Set out your contribution to the success of the practice/organisation during the qualifying period, both financially and in other areas

Pro Bono/Community Initiative 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 one example of how your firm/organisation has acted as a team to benefit a deserving cause.
  2. Outline the impact and results achieved from the above activity.
  3. List any further pro bono/community activity your firm/organisation has undertaken.
  4. What steps does your firm/organisation take to encourage and support its people in pro-bono/community activities?

Law Firm Innovation 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 an innovation your firm has introduced during the qualifying period that benefits your way of working.
  2. Quantify the benefits of this to your firm.
  3. Give details of an innovation that has enhanced your clients’ experience of your firm.
  4. Quantify the benefits of this to your clients.

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. Outline one specific matter your team has handled during the qualifying period and explain why it had a major impact on your team and your client.
  2. Explain how you provide client service excellence in all that you do
  3. Isolate the single most important factor that has contributed to the success of your team over the qualifying period.
  4. Confirm your team’s financial performance for its last complete financial year and demonstrate how your team has achieved profitable growth as compared to the previous financial year. Note figures must only be submitted for your qualifying regional office(s).

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. Outline one specific matter your team has handled during the qualifying period and explain why it had a major impact on your team and your client.
  2. Explain how you provide client service excellence in all that you do
  3. Isolate the single most important factor that has contributed to the success of your team over the qualifying period.
  4. Confirm your team’s financial performance for its last complete financial year and demonstrate how your team has achieved profitable growth as compared to the previous financial year. Note figures must only be submitted for your qualifying regional office(s).

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. Outline one specific matter your team has handled during the qualifying period and explain why it had a major impact on your team and your client.
  2. Explain how you provide client service excellence in all that you do
  3. Isolate the single most important factor that has contributed to the success of your team over the qualifying period.
  4. Confirm your team’s financial performance for its last complete financial year and demonstrate how your team has achieved profitable growth as compared to the previous financial year. Note figures must only be submitted for your qualifying regional office(s).

Family Law 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. Outline one specific matter your team has handled during the qualifying period and explain why it had a major impact on your team and your client.
  2. Explain how you provide client service excellence in all that you do
  3. Isolate the single most important factor that has contributed to the success of your team over the qualifying period.
  4. Confirm your team’s financial performance for its last complete financial year and demonstrate how your team has achieved profitable growth as compared to the previous financial year. Note figures must only be submitted for your qualifying regional office(s)

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. Outline one specific matter your team has handled during the qualifying period and explain why it had a major impact on your team and your client.
  2. Explain how you provide client service excellence in all that you do
  3. Isolate the single most important factor that has contributed to the success of your team over the qualifying period.
  4. Confirm your team’s financial performance for its last complete financial year and demonstrate how your team has achieved profitable growth as compared to the previous financial year. Note figures must only be submitted for your qualifying regional office(s)

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. Outline one specific matter your team has handled during the qualifying period and explain why it had a major impact on your team and your client.
  2. Explain how you provide client service excellence in all that you do
  3. Isolate the single most important factor that has contributed to the success of your team over the qualifying period.
  4. Confirm your team’s financial performance for its last complete financial year and demonstrate how your team has achieved profitable growth as compared to the previous financial year. Note figures must only be submitted for your qualifying regional office(s)

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. Outline one specific matter your team has handled during the qualifying period and explain why it had a major impact on your team and your client.
  2. Explain how you provide client service excellence in all that you do
  3. Isolate the single most important factor that has contributed to the success of your team over the qualifying period.
  4. Confirm your team’s financial performance for its last complete financial year and demonstrate how your team has achieved profitable growth as compared to the previous financial year. Note figures must only be submitted for your qualifying regional office(s)

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. Outline one specific matter your team has handled during the qualifying period and explain why it had a major impact on your team and your client.
  2. Explain how you provide client service excellence in all that you do
  3. Isolate the single most important factor that has contributed to the success of your team over the qualifying period.
  4. Confirm your team’s financial performance for its last complete financial year and demonstrate how your team has achieved profitable growth as compared to the previous financial year. Note figures must only be submitted for your qualifying regional office(s)

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. Outline one specific matter your team has handled during the qualifying period and explain why it had a major impact on your team and your client.
  2. Explain how you provide client service excellence in all that you do
  3. Isolate the single most important factor that has contributed to the success of your team over the qualifying period.
  4. Confirm your team’s financial performance for its last complete financial year and demonstrate how your team has achieved profitable growth as compared to the previous financial year. Note figures must only be submitted for your qualifying regional office(s)

Barrister/QC 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 one specific matter you have handled during the qualifying period and explain why it had a major impact on you and your client
  2. Give specific examples to illustrate how your service and care has exceeded a client’s expectations
  3. Explain how you have contributed to the success of your chambers during the qualifying period
  4. Isolate the single most important factor that has contributed to your success 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. Detail your chamber’s top three highlights and define the single contributing factor to your success during the qualifying period
  2. What steps have you taken to ensure the wellbeing of your staff and what active measures do you take to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion in your firm?
  3. Give details of your chamber’s involvement in three notable matters over the qualifying period and explain why they have given your chambers a sense of pride and satisfaction
  4. 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 and quantify how you have contributed to the success of your firm during the qualifying period
  2. Give one specific example to demonstrate how your vision and thinking has positively influenced the future strategy of your firm
  3. Outline one specific matter you have handled during the qualifying period and explain why it had a major impact on you and your client
  4. Isolate the single most important factor that has contributed to your personal success over the qualifying period

Small Firm of the Year (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 three top highlights from the qualifying period
  2. What steps have you taken to ensure the wellbeing of your staff and what active measures do you take to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion in your firm?
  3. List three new clients your firm has attracted during the qualifying period and explain why they have given your firm a sense of pride and satisfaction
  4. Isolate the single most important factor that has contributed to the success of your firm over the qualifying period

Medium Firm of the Year (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 three top highlights from the qualifying period
  2. What steps have you taken to ensure the wellbeing of your staff and what active measures do you take to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion in your firm?
  3. List three new clients your firm has attracted during the qualifying period and explain why they have given your firm a sense of pride and satisfaction
  4. Isolate the single most important factor that has contributed to the success of your firm over the qualifying period

Large Firm of the Year (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 three top highlights from the qualifying period
  2. What steps have you taken to ensure the wellbeing of your staff and what active measures do you take to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion in your firm?
  3. List three new clients your firm has attracted during the qualifying period and explain why they have given your firm a sense of pride and satisfaction
  4. Isolate the single most important factor that has contributed to the success of your firm over the qualifying period

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

Sue Carter

UK Head of Professional Services…

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Jenn Hazelhurst

Jenn is an audit partner for EY,…

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Louis Rosenthal

Founder and Managing Director -…

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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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Joe McLeod

Head of Relationship Management…

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Sam Booth

Chief Executive - pro-manchester

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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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John Hyde

A leading commentator on the legal…

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Fran Eccles-Bech

Chief Executive, Manchester Law…

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Sponsors

The support from sponsors and partners make the awards possible.
If you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 Manchester Legal Awards you can register your interest by following the link below.


The Venue

The region’s outstanding talent will be honoured
at a splendid dinner at The Midland Hotel on Thursday 5th March 2020.

The Midland


Peter St
Manchester
M60 2DS

2019 Winners' Gallery


About MLA


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

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 5th March 2020 at The Midland Hotel.