Lawyer of the Year
This category acknowledges truly exceptional individual contributions to the profession during 2018. Submissions are welcomed from private practitioners, in-house counsel and barristers, offshore or onshore, in the UK. Judges will be looking for evidence of exceptional performance in any area that makes the chosen lawyer stand out from their peers.
Allen & Overy
Finance star Denise Gibson (not pictured) is one of the most-tipped young banking partners in the City, period. The former Goldman Sachs director covers the complex end of leveraged finance and is hotly tipped by senior A&O figures and rivals as a natural business generator. With a forthright style that clients love, she is well known to cut to the quick of the most complicated of issues.
Aedamar Comiskey - HIGHLY COMMENDED
Linklaters’ head of corporate Aedamar Comiskey is one of the few female heavyweights in public M&A. The former senior partner contender has established herself as a substantial business generator, acting as Linklaters’ relationship partner for key clients including Aviva and HSBC. Despite possessing the full portfolio of skills, Comiskey wears her status lightly and is regarded as a superb role model internally and externally.
David Green QC
Serious Fraud Office
David Green QC took over the Serious Fraud Office in 2012 at what was, even for the frequently beleaguered agency, a low ebb. However, the consensus among hardened white-collar crime specialists is that the veteran silk has had considerable success turning around a body derided as toothless and operationally slack into much more of a force. He hands over to his successor a prosecutor in much better shape than when he began.
Nilufer von Bismarck
Slaughter and May
Nilufer von Bismarck stands as the dominant female operator in the City’s best M&A team. The corporate and equity capital markets veteran has sustained a robust practice across more than 25 years and her reputation and work saw her pick up an OBE in the New Year and enduring respect from rivals, who describe rubbing shoulders with her in the boardroom as being ‘Nilufered’.