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Please note: We are not accepting nominations this year, only entries.  If you would like to nominate a firm, chambers or individual please contact them and encourage them to enter direct, perhaps forwarding a testimonial to help strengthen their entry.  An organisation/individual can enter as many categories as they like.  Entries received direct from the organisation/individual are always more detailed and therefore have a greater chance of being shortlisted. 

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Family Law Awards Categories for 2019 are...


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Cornwell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Law

This award was renamed in honour of John Cornwell who won the award in 2012 before he died in February 2013. He dedicated his working life to the development and progress of family law. In 1982 he founded the Solicitors' Family Law Association (now Resolution), drafting a code of conduct that has guided family law solicitors to practice to the highest standards.

The award recognises an individual who has made a major contribution to the field of family law, either through practice, commentary, teaching, pro bono and/or judicially.

To nominate your candidate, please email Linda Blaker with a brief statement outlining why they should win.

The winner is then decided by the judging panel.

Family Law Associate Solicitor of the Year

A solicitor with over 5 years post qualification experience who the judges believe has made a major contribution to the field of family law through their practice, shown that they have provided outstanding client service and demonstrated teamwork within their firm, with external lawyers and/or other professionals.

The winner is then decided by the judging panel.

Entries now closed

Family Law Chambers of the Year - London

The firm in the London region that has demonstrated it has provided outstanding quality of legal service for its clients and has displayed high levels of teamwork within its firm, with external lawyers and/or other professionals.

Criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

- Quality of legal services / range of expertise offered
- Recent reported cases in which the chambers has acted
- Pro bono initiatives/services benefiting the local community
- External nominations/testimonials (supporting material)

The winner is then decided by the judging panel.

Entries now closed

Family Law Chambers of the Year - Regional

The set that is based outside of London and has clearly demonstrated it has developed the field of family law by consistently performing at the higher court levels.

Criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

- Quality of legal services / range of expertise offered
- Recent reported cases in which the chambers has acted
- Pro bono initiatives/services benefiting the local community
- External nominations/testimonials (supporting material)

The winner is then decided by the judging panel.

Entries now closed

Family Law Chartered Legal Executive of the Year

An individual who the family law community recognise as having demonstrated excellence in their role.

The winner is then voted for online by the family law community.

Entries now closed

Family Law Clerking Team of the Year

The barristers' clerking team that has demonstrated that it has provided an outstanding quality of legal service in the family law field and also displayed high levels of teamwork. The winner is then voted for online by the family law community.

Entries now closed

Family Law Commentator of the Year

An award for the commentator who the family law community consider to have provided the most useful commentary to help them in their practice. The commentary could have been contained in any format including books, journal articles, videos or blogs.

The winner is then voted for online by the family law community.

Entries now closed

Family Law Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

The Appropriate Dispute Resolution team who the judges believe has shown excellence through their practice.

Criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

- External nominations / testimonials (supporting material);
- Quality of legal services offered
- Pro bono initiatives / services benefiting the local community.

The winner is then decided by the judging panel.

Entries now closed

Family Law Firm of the Year - London

The firm or local authority in each region that has demonstrated it has provided outstanding quality of legal service for its clients and has displayed high levels of teamwork within its firm or local authority, with external lawyers and/or other professionals. The region in which a firm sits is determined by the head office address.

Criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

- External nominations/testimonials
- Quality of legal services offered
- Recent reported cases in which the firm has acted
- Pro bono initiatives/services benefiting the local community
- Range of expertise within the firm
- Training and career progression of employees

The winner is then decided by the judging panel.

Entries now closed

Family Law Firm of the Year – Midlands and Wales

The firm or local authority in each region that has demonstrated it has provided outstanding quality of legal service for its clients and has displayed high levels of teamwork within its firm or local authority, with external lawyers and/or other professionals. The region in which a firm sits is determined by the head office address.

Criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

- External nominations/testimonials
- Quality of legal services offered
- Recent reported cases in which the firm has acted
- Pro bono initiatives/services benefiting the local community
- Range of expertise within the firm
- Training and career progression of employees

The winner is then decided by the judging panel.

Entries now closed

Family Law Firm of the Year - North

The firm or local authority in each region that has demonstrated it has provided outstanding quality of legal service for its clients and has displayed high levels of teamwork within its firm or local authority, with external lawyers and/or other professionals. The region in which a firm sits is determined by the head office address.

Criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

- External nominations/testimonials
- Quality of legal services offered
- Recent reported cases in which the firm has acted
- Pro bono initiatives/services benefiting the local community
- Range of expertise within the firm
- Training and career progression of employees

The winner is then decided by the judging panel.

Entries now closed

Family Law Firm of the Year - South

The firm or local authority in each region that has demonstrated it has provided outstanding quality of legal service for its clients and has displayed high levels of teamwork within its firm or local authority, with external lawyers and/or other professionals. The region in which a firm sits is determined by the head office address.

Criteria which the judging panel will consider include the following:

- External nominations/testimonials
- Quality of legal services offered
- Recent reported cases in which the firm has acted
- Pro bono initiatives/services benefiting the local community
- Range of expertise within the firm
- Training and career progression of employees

The winner is then decided by the judging panel.

Entries now closed

Family Law Innovation of the Year

This award recognises a law firm, set of chambers or supplier which has, through innovation and radical change, introduced new or improved ways of providing legal services and / or new working practices, which are influencing the future of family law practice.

The judges will be looking for evidence of original concepts—whether or not technology-based— which improve the speed or quality of service to clients and the wider community, broaden the range of the firm’s or chambers’ activity; or increase the operational efficiency and delivery of legal services.

The winner is then decided by the judging panel.

Entries now closed

Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year

A barrister of at least 5 years post call who has made a major contribution to the field of family law through their advice and high-level advocacy.

The winner is then decided by the judging panel.

Entries now closed

Family Law Partner of the Year

The individual who the judges believe has made a major contribution to the field of family law through their practice, and shown that they have executed a strategic vision through outstanding leadership.

The winner is then decided by the judging panel.

Entries now closed

Family Law QC of the Year

A QC who has made a major contribution to the field of family law through their advice and high-level advocacy.

The winner is then decided by the judging panel

Entries now closed

Family Law Young Barrister of the Year

A barrister under 5 years post call who the judges believe has stood out from their peers by demonstrating that they have the skills and knowledge to become a leading family lawyer of the future. This could be demonstrated, for example, by positive external nominations, acting in a reported case or through pro bono work. Previous winners of this award category are ineligible.

The winner is then decided by the judging panel.

Entries now closed

Family Law Young Solicitor of the Year

A solicitor with under 5 years post qualification experience who the judges believe has stood out from their peers by demonstrating that they have the skills and knowledge to become a leading family lawyer of the future. This could be demonstrated, for example, by positive external nominations, acting in a reported case or through pro bono work. Previous winners of this award category are ineligible.

The winner is then decided by the judging panel.

Entries now closed

International Family Lawyer of the Year

A lawyer who the judges believe has made a major contribution to the field of international family law and led the way for other practitioners to follow.

The winner is then decided by the judging panel

Entries now closed