This category acknowledges truly exceptional individual contributions to the profession during 2016. Submissions are welcomed from private practitioners, in-house counsel and barristers. Judges will be looking for evidence of exceptional performance in any area that makes the chosen lawyer stand out from their peers.
2017 WINNER: Frances Murphy, Slaughter and May
The City lost one of its most outstanding and respected corporate lawyers with the passing of Frances Murphy in 2016. Remembered not only as an exceptional lawyer but also a caring and dedicated mentor and diversity champion, Murphy took the time to look out for juniors coming through the ranks.
DLA Piper/Ropes & Gray
Allen joins DLA Piper as a consultant in 2017 after making his name as one of the City’s most charismatic deal lawyers of his generation, and latterly as founding and managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s London practice.
Squire Patton Boggs
Crossley stepped down as Europe and Middle East managing partner at the end of 2016. Elected as Hammonds' managing partner in 2004, Crossley is noted for having guided the firm through its tie-up with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in 2011 and the subsequent merger with Washington DC lobbying shop Patton Boggs in 2014.
Public Law Project
In 2016 the Supreme Court unanimously allowed the Public Law Project’s (PLP) challenge to the government’s proposed residence test for civil legal aid, reversing the judgment of the Court of Appeal. That decision was in large part due to PLP’s director Hickman, whose desire to make real difference was a major driver behind the victory.
As head of the firm’s leading EU and UK financial sanctions practice, over the last two years, Miller and her team have secured victories for five clients in the General Court of the EU. In addition, in her role as the firm’s diversity champion, she led the firm in achieving accreditation from the National Equality Standard, only the fourth organisation to be recognised in this way.
Rawlinson joined Morgan Stanley as its new chair of UK investment banking from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer at the end of 2016, having left a legacy as one of the most outstanding M&A lawyers of his generation.
Bird & Bird
Wheeler, having worked at both the European Space Agency and Ofcom, received an MBE in the New Year for services to the space sector. A fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, she specialises in communications, satellite and space regulatory and policy matters.