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Celebrating excellence

Family Law Awards 2020 is officially closed for entries and the shortlist has been announced. Please click here to see Family Law Awards 2020 shortlist. If you are interested in entering the Family Law Awards 2021, please provide us with your contact details here so we can ensure you are notified when we are open for 2021 entries. 

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See 2020 Winners


Thank you to all the Family Law Awards 2020 winners and those who have been shortlisted.

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About the Family Law Awards 

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The Family Law Awards brings the family law community together for its biggest night of the year, celebrating excellence, networking and recognising its vital contribution to society. The Family Law Awards were launched in 2011 to recognise the important work of family lawyers, and celebrate their many successes and outstanding achievements.

We have had to get used to a ‘new normal’ in the past two years, and many of us are still working remotely, juggling childcare and dealing with increased workloads, and often feeling isolated from our colleagues and associates that we used to see regularly. Thankfully, it looks like we are approaching the end of restrictions, so now, more than ever, it is important to engage with the family law community and ensure that the incredible work family law practitioners do is recognised and celebrated once our working lives have gone back to normal.

Once again, we are welcoming entries in both national and regional categories. For further details see the regional awards page.

The shortlist and winners will once again be chosen by a judging panel made up of the heads of the Family Law Bar Association, Resolution, the Association of Lawyers for Children and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, along with Family Law editors and publishing professionals.

In keeping with tradition, three of this year’s Awards will be voted for by the family law community. A shortlist of entrants will be selected by the judges from the entries received and voting will open here in September.

Over the past 10 years, the Family Law Awards have firmly established themselves as a highly prestigious event, celebrating the success and achievements of family lawyers and the vital contribution that they make to society. Last year’s virtual ceremony was attended by over 700 guests drawn from across the family law community, including solicitors’ practices, the Bar and the public sector. In 2019, we held a dazzling awards ceremony at the Ball Room South Bank which was attended by more the 500 people.
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Our judges

The judges have been carefully selected on the basis of their considerable experience and expertise in relation to their awards category and we are delighted that a number of leading figures from the family law profession and beyond have chosen to become involved with the Family Law Awards.

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“I am delighted and honoured to receive this award, and particularly to be recognised for the Brexit-related work I have done, which would not have been possible without the fantastic team of people working hard alongside me.”

Eleri Jones
1 GC|Family Law
Winner of International Family Lawyer of the Year, 2019

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“John Cornwell’s vision changed the face of family law. To have my own much more modest contribution recognised through this award named after him and to be joining a list of previous winners who have made such a mark on family justice is a real honour.”

Nigel Shepherd, Head of Family Law
Mills & Reeve
Winner of Cornwell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Law, 2019

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“The Family Law Awards are the marker for excellence in family law, and to be recognised amongst the winners is an absolute privilege. It is a rare and special event to gather so many hard working and inspirational family lawyers in one room and it was very exciting and humbling to be a part of that. I thought being shortlisted was a career high, but to win is an unimaginable new level. I feel a responsibility and have renewed energy to go forward and use this award and my unique platform to continue to make family law accessible to the general public and represent excellence in family law. ”

Laura Naser, Senior Associate
Penningtons Manches Cooper
Winner of Family Law Commentator of the Year, 2019

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“We are honoured to have won such a prestigious award and to be recognised by the judging panel for our collaboration. Working collaboratively with our colleagues in Shoosmiths and with fellow professionals makes a real difference to our clients and we are delighted that this has been recognised by our award.”

Caroline Watson, Partner
Winner of Family Law Firm of the Year – Midlands, 2019

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“It is a great honour to receive such high recognition from the industry leader in Family Law. The calibre of those shortlisted was extremely high and it was a privilege to be in such esteemed company.”

Andy Barton, Partner
Stephens Scown LLP
Winner of Family Law Firm of the Year: South, 2019

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“We have been fortunate to have had a bumper awards season, but the Family Law Awards were the icing on the cake because the award was from our peers. We are completely thrilled that our unique One Couple One Lawyer service is now becoming mainstream and has been so well received by the family law community.”

Samantha Woodham, CEO
The Divorce Surgery
Winner of Family Law Innovation of the Year, 2019

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Countdown to 2021 awards night

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