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Trust Mark

The Family Law Awards is extremely proud to have been granted the ‘Awards Trust Mark’ for 2020.

The Awards Trust Mark scheme is a not-for-profit accreditation programme run by The Independent Awards Standards Council with the goal, as the name suggests, of enhancing trust between those entering awards schemes, and the organisations running them. Award schemes must prove that they are running their entire programme of entry and judging ethically, fairly and transparently.

To achieve accreditation, The Family Law Awards has had to authenticate various attributes of the judging process. All judges must be independent and not employed by companies that have a commercial interest in table sales, advertising etc. or a conflict of interest with the entrants. If a judge is employed by the awards organiser or sponsor then there has to be a very clear rationale for this (e.g. they are an industry expert).

After your entry is submitted
Our panel of judges will be split to focus on specific categories where they have a significant amount of experience. This ensures that your submission receives an in-depth. Each panel of judges independently submit their scores and comments online. Once collated, LexisNexis will review and calculate the winner and shortlist. Should scores be close,
LexisNexis will bring the judges together to discuss until a consensus is reached.

If shortlisted, you will be contacted on Wednesday 2 September 2020. News of being shortlisted is embargoed until results are published on Monday 7 September. At this time, voting opens to decide the winners of the community awards (Clerking Team of the Year, Family Law Commentator of the Year and Family Law Chartered Legal Executive of the Year). If you are a finalist in any of these 3 categories you will be asked to submit a 300-word profile, summarising your work. This will be published on the website for when voting opens. The deadline for submitting your profile(s) is 10AM on Friday 4 September. The winner of each of these categories will be determined by a vote open to the family law community via this website. Voting will open on 7 September 2020 and close at midday on 16 October 2020. Only one vote may be submitted per award category. Duplicate votes will be deleted and could lead to their original vote being discounted. LexisNexis use electronic verification tests to help us detect possible duplicate votes.

If your entry is shortlisted, you will be included in the shortlist announcements. These will be made first on Twitter during 7 September 2020, using the handle you have supplied.

You can book tickets for the Family Law Awards ceremony at any time. The event is not exclusive to finalists, attracting senior managers of law firms, barristers’ chambers, local authorities and members of professional organisations. As one of the biggest gatherings of the family law community with over 600 guests from more than 140 organisations in 2019, it is an excellent networking opportunity.

If you have any questions, please email Annabel McQuillan or call +44 (0)208 652 2180 | +44 (0)7815 634210