Winning awards in the legal sector can be such a great boost for your profile – both as a firm and for individuals/projects and practice areas you are particularly looking to highlight and grow.

It may be that you have just collated lots of valuable information for your legal directory entries which you may be able to re-use and repurpose for your awards submissions.

The award ceremonies themselves are a great opportunity to network and embed your brand in your local community, sector, or area of expertise – so even if you don’t win, you win.

In most cases, entering awards is free (there are some with a nominal payment attached or a request for a charity donation), so it is a cost-effective way to build your credibility, gain “independent endorsement”, attract talent, and boost morale.

We have put together the following lists of awards to give you a flavour of what is out there in terms of options along with a guide on when submissions need to be made. Whilst these lists are by no means definitive, they will give you information on some of the great many reputable awards that are out there for the taking! We have put the listings into 3 categories:

  • Mainstream legal awards which are aimed exclusively at law firms/ lawyers
  • Regional legal awards and business awards with professional services/ legal categories
  • Practice area-specific awards

 

Award ` Deadline for entry Awards ceremony
British Legal Technology Awards 24th Jul 12th Nov
Chambers UK Bar Awards 30th Sep 19th Nov
FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 26th May 14th Oct
Law Society Excellence Awards 21st May 21st Oct
LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 5th Oct 2nd Dec
Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2nd Aug 29th Aug
Legal Business Awards 19th Mar 30th Sep
LexisNexis Legal Awards 13th Nov 25th Mar
LPM’s Practice Excellence Awards 27th Sep 10th Feb
Modern Law Awards 15th Nov 6th Feb
National Paralegal Awards 28th Jun 23rd Sep
People in Law Awards 26th Feb 30th Apr
SME News Legal Awards 5th Mar Apr (TBC)
The ACQ Law Awards 14th Nov 10th Jan
The British Legal Awards 23rd Jul 17th Nov
The Butler Trust Awards 30th Jun 26th Mar
The Lawyer Awards 15th Jun 15th Nov
The Legal 500 Awards UK 31st Mar 1st Sep
The Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards (LALYs) 19th Apr 7th Jul
The Legal Week Innovation Awards 19th Feb 28th May
The UK Diversity Legal Awards 31st Jul 26th Nov

 

Regional

There are a few law societies that have legal awards. We have also highlighted some more general business/region-specific awards which have a professional services/legal category. There will be many more not listed here – it is worth researching which awards in your local area have a legal/professional advisor category, or simply a “business of the year” category that you’re eligible to submit to.

 

Award Deadline for entry Award Ceremony
Brighton and Hove Business Awards (Professional services category) 28th Apr 24th Jun
County Business Clubs (Sussex) Legal Services Category 15th Apr 22nd Apr
Dorset Legal Awards TBC TBC
Gatwick Diamond Business Awards (Professional services firm) TBC TBC
Leicestershire Law Society Legal Awards 14th Feb 14th May
Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards 18th Feb 17th May
Made in Manchester Awards (Lawyer of the year category TBC 22nd Feb
South Wales Law Awards 5th Feb 23rd Apr
Surrey Business Awards (Professional Services Award)
Surrey Law Society Awards 21st May 16th Sep
The Yorkshire Legal Awards 26th Jun 7th Oct
Wales Legal Awards 17th May 11th Sep

Legal practice area awards

There are also some practice area-specific awards you can get involved with, covering areas such as family law, conveyancing, commercial property, corporate, private wealth/wealth management.

Award Deadline for entry Award Ceremony
Insider South East Dealmakers awards Dec Sep
Insider North East Dealmakers awards Dec Sep
Insider Central/East of England Dealmakers awards Nov
Insider South West Dealmakers awards Sep
Estates Gazette EG Awards 7th May 29th Oct
The RESI Awards 19th Jun 1st Dec
Insider Yorkshire Property Awards 26th Jun 29th Apr
Insider South West Property Awards 14th Aug 8th Oct
Insider West Midlands Property Awards 21st Aug 12th Nov
Insider North West Residential Property Awards 6th Nov 21st Jan
Insider North West Property Awards 12th Mar 13th May
The British Wills and Probate Awards 5th Jun 22nd Oct
STEP Private Client Awards 23rd Apr 23rd Sept
Personal Injury Awards 4th Sep 26th Nov
Modern Law Conveyancing Awards 17th Sep 18th Nov
British Conveyancing Awards April 25th May
British Wills and Probate Awards 4th Jun 21st Oct
Magic Circle Awards  TBC 17th May
Family Law Awards 18th Jun 24th Nov
Lawyer Monthly Expert Witness Awards 1st Mar 1st Apr

How can we help you?

We specialise in providing professional services firms support with their award or legal directory entries. So, if you’d like some help deciding which awards to enter, or support to put your entry together, please do email Lara or call her on 01903 530787.

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