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Event host

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Shortlist Announced

Entries into the Manchester Legal Awards 2022 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 13th May 2022.

As you will appreciate, it is logistically difficult to get all of the judges together on one day so Friday 13th May 2022 is the only date available for interviews. Shortlisted entrants will be provided with a judging timetable in the coming days.


 

Business Support Champion/s of the Year
Charlotte Dixon, Mills & Reeve
Laura West, Anthony Collins Solicitors

Trainee/Paralegal/Apprentice of the Year
Alastair Cowan, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
David York, Irwin Mitchell
Jonathan Holling, JMW Solicitors LLP
Natalie Kralski, McAlister Family Law

Solicitor of the Year
Nikki Hale, Vardags
Amanda Lea, DWF Law
Moe Yassin, Beyond Law Group

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Champions of the Year
Brabners LLP
Fieldfisher LLP
Mills & Reeve

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

Team of the Year – Crime
Burton Copeland LLP
Olliers Solicitors
Slater Heelis
Tuckers

Team of the Year – Employment
Leigh Day
Myerson Solicitors LLP
TLT LLP

Team of the Year – Family
Hall Brown Family Law
JMW Solicitors LLP
McAlister Family Law
Simpson Millar LLP
Slater Heelis

Team of the Year – Litigation
Brabners LLP
Eversheds Sutherland LLP
Trowers & Hamlins
Weightmans LLP

Team of the Year – PI/Clinical Negligence
Irwin Mitchell
Leigh Day
Slater and Gordon Lawyers (Clinical Negligence Team)
Stephensons Solicitors LLP

 

Team of the Year – Private Client
Brabners LLP
JMW Solicitors LLP
Price Slater Gawne

Team of the Year – Property
Eversheds Sutherland
Fieldfisher LLP
JMW Solicitors LLP

Team of the Year – Regulatory
DWF Law LLP
Markel Law
Mills & Reeve

In House Team of the Year
Bank North
Boohoo Group plc

Barrister/QC of the Year
Fran Heaton QC, St Johns Buildings
Dr Christopher McNall, 18 St John Street

Partner of the Year
Emma Gill, Vardags
Ian McConkey, DAC Beachroft LLP
Vikki Woodfine, DWF Law LLP

Barristers’ Chambers of the Year
18 St John Street Chambers
Deans Court Chambers
St John’s Building Chambers

Law Firm of the Year – small (1-5 partners)
Burton Copeland
IMD Solicitors LLP
Olliers Solicitors
Price Slater Gawne

Law Firm of the Year – medium (5-20 partners)
Beyond Group
CFG Law
Glaisyers ETL
Hall Brown Family Law

Law Firm of the Year – large (20+ partners)
Eversheds Sutherland LLP
JMW Solicitors LLP
Mills & Reeve
TLT LLP

Lifetime Achievement Award
This Award is voted for and in the gift of the Manchester Law Society Council, and will be announced at the Manchester Legal Awards event on Thursday 9th June 2022.

 

 

 

Watch the footage from the 2021 awards.

Categories

The 2022 catewgories and criteria.

Business Support Champion/Champions

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should be no longer than 250 words each

  1. Give one example of an initiative put in place by an individual or team from your HR, finance, IT, marketing, secretarial, admin or support that has helped keep your firm/organisation provide the highest quality service for clients, staff and/or the company
  2. Outline how this initiative has positively impacted on your firm/organisation/staff/clients
  3. Provide specific details that demonstrate the tangible results of the initiative
  4. Give details of other initiatives (not already covered) that are worthy of mention
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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 be no longer than 250 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
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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 be no longer than 250 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
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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champions of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should be no longer than 250 words each

  1. Give one example of how your firm/organisation has championed equality, diversity and inclusion
  2. Outline the impact and results achieved from the above activity
  3. List any further initiatives your firm/organisation has undertaken to support this agenda
  4. Give an example of how your firm/organisation can demonstrate that your equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives/new practices leave a lasting legacy
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Corporate / Commercial - Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should be no longer than 250 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).
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Crime Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should be no longer than 250 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).
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Employment Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should be no longer than 250 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).
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Family Law Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should be no longer than 250 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)
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Litigation Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should be no longer than 250 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)
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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 be no longer than 250 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)
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Private Client Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should be no longer than 250 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)
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Property Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should be no longer than 250 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)
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Regulatory Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should be no longer than 250 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)
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In-house Team of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should be no longer than 250 words each

  1. Explain how your team has 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 your team helped overcome it.
  3. Outline one specific matter your team 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 teams skills and/or innovative approach.
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Barristers Chambers of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should be no longer than 250 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
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Barrister/QC of the Year

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should be no longer than 250 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
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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 be no longer than 250 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
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Small Law 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 be no longer than 250 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
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Medium Law 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 be no longer than 250 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
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Large Law Firm of the Year
(20+ partners nationally)

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10 marks will be given for each of the criteria below which should be no longer than 250 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
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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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We've selected a panel of highly successful and well respected individuals from the business, legal and academic community across the North West.

Nicholas Dean Q.C

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Bill Kirby

Professional Choice Consultancy

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Sam Booth

Chief Executive - pro-manchester

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Lucy Mulligan

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Paul Johnson

President of Manchester Law Society…

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Fran Eccles-Bech

Chief Executive, Manchester Law…

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Amanda Hedayati

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Ruth Shearn

Founder, RMS Creative Communications

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Deborah Walker

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Louis Rosenthal

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Vicky Walden

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James Akrigg

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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 21 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, much anticipated, live event on Thursday 9th June 2022.