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Earlier this month, the annual LexisNexis Legal Awards opened for entries. The awards, which were formerly known as the Halsbury Legal Awards, were launched in 2013 to celebrate achievement and innovation across the legal sector and provide an excellent opportunity for members of the in-house community to gain recognition for their work.
Most obviously, the In-House Team of the Year award is presented to the legal team that is judged to have delivered an exceptional level of legal service to its organisation. This can take many forms, such as support for the business’s commercial goals; success or strong performance in negotiation; material contribution to the business’s operational efficiency and profitability; or risk management and avoidance and the category is open to teams from both the public and private sectors.
This award attracts many high calibre entries, with last year’s worthy winners Trainline fighting off strong competition from the other shortlisted entrants - Financial Services Compensation Scheme, London Stock Exchange Group, Markerstudy Group and Royal Mail Group.
However, in addition to this, 12 out of the total of 18 awards that are presented on the night are open to in-house lawyers and teams to enter. These include established awards such as Pro Bono, Diversity and Inclusion, Wellbeing, Customer Focus and Legal Services Innovation. For 2020, we are introducing four new awards categories, all of which are open to in-house entrants – Case of the Year, Deal of the Year, Sustainability and International Team of the Year.
Entering is straightforward. Simply decide which category you wish to enter and explain in no more than 750 words why you or your team deserve the award. You should also provide evidence – in the form of testimonials or case studies - to support your entry. The selection of the shortlisted entrants and winners is made by a panel of leading figures in the legal world, which this year includes the Law Society President, Simon Davis, Chair of the Bar, Richard Atkins QC and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, the Director of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute. There are tips for success on the website highlighting what the judges are looking for to help you.
In addition to the awards that require entry, there is also the opportunity to nominate worthy candidates for the Legal Personality of the Year award which honours an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the legal sphere in the past year. So, if anyone from the in-house sphere, or the wider legal world, has particularly impressed you over the past 12 months, simply send us a short message detailing who you are nominating and why. The judges will then select a shortlist from the nominations, with the winner being decided by an online vote.
All entries and nominations need to be submitted by the closing date of Friday 15 November, with the awards themselves being presented at a gala dinner at the iconic Art Deco ballroom at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane on Wednesday 11 March 2020.
Find full details and submit your entries at www.lexisnexislegalawards.co.uk
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