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Entries Closed

Entries into the Manchester Legal Awards 2021 have now closed and the full shortlist will be announced in May.

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 W/C 17 May 2021.

As you will appreciate, it is logistically difficult to get all of the judges together on one day so W/C 17 May is the only week available for interviews. Shortlisted entrants will be provided with a judging timetable.


 

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This year's categories and criteria

Trainee/Paralegal/Apprentice/Legal Executive 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

In-house Lawyer of the Year

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

  1. Explain how you have influenced the strategic direction of your company during the qualifying period, quantifying the financial impact of your actions.
  2. Give an account of a business challenge your company has faced and how you helped overcome it.
  3. Outline one specific matter you handled during the qualifying period that had a significant and positive impact on your company.
  4. Give an account of a specific incident that demonstrates your management skills and/or innovative approach.
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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

Business Support Champion/s

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It goes without saying that the entire country will long remember the NHS staff, key workers and others on the front-line whose personal sacrifices helped keep our country running.

This new award will honour the unsung heroes of the legal profession - those individuals or teams from HR, finance, IT, marketing, secretarial or admin, whose contribution has helped keep their practice running during unprecedented times.

Please demonstrate the nominee’s commitment to the firm’s business agenda. Outline how they followed best practice; how they helped motivate and inspire others; and how their approach has positively impacted on the firm as a whole.

We want to hear about individuals and/or teams that have gone above and beyond to help others during this difficult time and we want to recognise those champions who have really made a difference to their clients, suppliers, colleagues and the firm/chambers in general during the pandemic.

Nominations should be no longer than 800 words and give specific examples of support provided.

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

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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.

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Meet the judges

We've selected a panel of highly successful and well respected individuals from the business, legal and academic community across the North West.

Fran Eccles-Bech

Chief Executive, Manchester Law…

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About MLA


Now firmly established on the legal calendar, the Manchester Legal Awards recognise and reward the wide range of skills and talent across our region.

With 22 categories, there is something for everyone to enter. Remember, entry is free, and we welcome nominations from individuals and teams at small, medium and large firms and chambers.

The winners will be announced at our rather special, star-studded, online event on Thursday 17 June 2021.