Thursday 16 May 2013
The Law Society is inviting legal professionals from across England and Wales to enter the Excellence Awards 2013.
Now in its seventh year, and bigger than ever before, the event showcases some of the brightest minds and most innovative firms.
This year, the focus is on individuals and teams across the legal sector who are setting new precedents in the profession.
Law Society vice-president Nick Fluck said: 'If you or your team are breaking new ground, if you have shown great innovation, if your work has been outstanding, we want to hear from you.
'Now is not the time for modesty and playing down your achievements. By entering the Excellence Awards, you can build your reputation, achieve the respect of your peers and spend some well-deserved time in the spotlight in return for your hard work.
'This year's expanded event at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster is hoping to see first hand the kind of innovation and talent that drives the profession forward.'
There are 17 categories in the 2013 Excellence Awards. New awards for this year include Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion, Excellence in Pro Bono, Excellence in Marketing and Communications, Excellence in Business Development and Innovation, and Excellence in Exporting Legal Services.
The remaining categories for teams are The Lexcel Award for Excellence in Practice Management, Legal Sector Alliance Award for Excellence in Environmental Responsibility; Excellence in Client Service; Excellence in Learning and Development and the CQS Award for Excellence in Conveyancing Practice.
Categories for individuals are: The Law Society Gazette Legal Personality of the Year; Legal Business Woman of the Year; Solicitor Advocate of the Year; Junior Lawyer of the Year; Solicitor of the Year (In-House and Private Practice) and Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nominations are now open until August 9 2013.
The shortlist will be announced on 16 September 2013. The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner on 22 October 2013 at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge, London.