The most outstanding law firms of the last 12 months make the shortlist in this, our most prestigious award. Judges will be looking for firms that have taken the market by storm and have achieved more than their direct competitors and peers. Achievements may include the successful development of new practice areas, expansion into new international or domestic markets, new client wins, the completion of a strategic merger or acquisition, improved financial performance, or a successful recruitment policy.
This award highlights the UK-based national or regional firm (with headquarters outside of London) that has made the most significant progress over the past year in advancing its strategy. Key factors taken into account will be evidence of effective leadership, impressive financial performance and increased market share across the firm’s major practice areas.
This award recognises the top private client teams in the country handling high-value work in the areas of estates, charities, family, contentious and non-contentious trusts and probate, as well as personal tax, particularly to high-net-worth individuals and families. Judges will be looking for specific examples of groundbreaking advice and dedication to the practice area from the winning team.
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.
This category is open to UK general counsel and their teams from any industry sector. Tying in with our annual GC Powerlist report and event, this award will be presented to the team that can demonstrate outstanding performance on behalf of the company, either through innovative use of its own resources or effective management of external law firms.
With specialist law firms striking an increasingly confident note in the market, this award will be handed to a boutique practice that has performed exceptionally in terms of rapidly establishing itself, approaching its chosen market creatively and effectively competing against far larger competition.
Open to law firms, the Bar, alternative legal providers and in-house teams, this award will recognise the institutions that have consistently thought creatively or broken new ground in the provision and resourcing of legal services. Important factors will be fresh approaches in creating and delivering legal products, including utilising technology and new business models.
Tying in with our annual GC Powerlist report in recognising outstanding achievement by in-house lawyers below group general counsel level, this award will focus on the rising stars tipped for great things by their colleagues, peers and advisers.
The winner of this category must demonstrate market-leading commercial or regulatory expertise through advice on a specific, IP, technology or media case or transaction. Judges will look for evidence of achieving successful outcomes for the client.
Winners of this award will operate at the cutting edge of the finance industry. We will consider one standout example of work taken from a wide range of disciplines, including bank lending, acquisition finance, structured finance, project finance and debt capital markets. The judges will give particular credence to the views of the wider finance community in deciding the winning team.
This award recognises teams that have played a critical role on the most complex restructuring mandates of the year. In choosing winners in this category, judges will be looking for clear examples of innovation and where the lawyers have achieved crucial outcomes for their clients.
For this award, judges will look for a standout example of real estate-related work, including financing, development or construction, or cases and transactions in planning, environment and regeneration areas. Judges will also look for evidence of cutting-edge advice on complex matters.
This award will recognise an insurance team that has handled innovative work and has attracted the most impressive instructions of the year in this constantly changing sector. Judges welcome submissions highlighting one example taken from a variety of work, including standout transactions, disputes and arbitration, as well as regulatory issues.
This category is aimed at advisers focused on either the energy and natural resources sector or those advising on high-stakes infrastructure, including major transport projects. Although we will be accepting submissions covering corporate matters, as well as contentious work, it is not the size of the deal that counts but the industry knowledge behind it. The winner will have advised on a trailblazing matter that has significantly affected the market.
This award will be given to the team based in either London or Brussels that can demonstrate incisive antitrust advice on a specific case, transaction or investigation, or was instrumental in steering a client through a regulatory minefield. Entrants should be able to demonstrate clearly the direct effect of their advice on the final outcome.
This new award recognises the performance of a pre-eminent London-based team in a single international arbitration matter, be that acting for private corporates, investors, state-owned enterprises and states themselves in international commercial arbitration or investment treaty arbitration. Judges will be looking for examples of an outstanding result achieved for the client.
Submissions are invited from leading independent law firms operating either onshore of offshore in mainland Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australasia, the Middle East and Africa. Key factors taken into account by our judges include a clear demonstration of growing market share, a well-conceived business strategy, stellar financial performance, strong management, a successful recruitment and retention strategy and a significant client development programme.
Developed from our previous Dispute Resolution Team of the Year award, this category recognises an outstanding piece of commercial litigation work undertaken by one team. The key requirement is not necessarily a substantial award of damages but rather an impressive result for the client, which could include an important out-of-court settlement or avoiding a costly appeals process.
In recognition of either a single law firm, in-house team or chambers or a wider association of law firms, this award will be given to those in the industry that have made the strongest overall contribution to corporate social responsibility. Reference can be made to a range of areas, including pro bono and community activities, environmental and workplace initiatives (such as those promoting greater diversity) and responsible client selection.
For this award, consideration will be given to mergers and acquisitions work, as well as disposals, joint ventures and equity capital markets listings. It is not the value of the deal that will concern judges as much as evidence of outstanding transactional advice and commitment to the client in the context of one exceptional deal.
The winner in this category must demonstrate an ability to land the most significant mandates in an incredibly competitive market for private equity-backed deals. Judges will look for evidence of an ability to move with the market and stand out from competitors in the most eye-catching transactions.
This award highlights the US firm that has made the greatest progress over the past year in advancing its strategy, improving financial performance and winning instructions, particularly in the City. Please note that a large international presence is not a prerequisite for consideration for this award, although the judges will be looking for strong evidence of success in those foreign markets where the firm has offices.
The winner of this award will be a managing partner, senior partner, head of chambers, chief executive or chief operating officer who has truly lead the way for their business in 2016. Key factors influencing our judging panel include market profile, outstanding strategic thinking, superb communication skills and the extent to which individuals have the support of their peers, partners, staff and clients in driving the firm’s business forward.
Recognising the law firms and chief information officers (CIOs) that have pushed through innovation and secured competitive advantage for their business, this award will focus on the CIOs that have engaged with their organisation’s strategy and business model to make a central contribution.