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Celebrating excellence

Entries for Family Law Awards 2020 will open Monday 6 April. Please register your interest here.

Entries for Family Law Awards 2020 will open Monday 6 April and close on 5 June

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The Family Law Awards 2020 will be held on Wednesday 25 November at The Ballroom South Bank, one of the most exclusive event venues in London, to celebrate excellence in family law..

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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 2013 to recognise the important work of family lawyers, and celebrate their many successes and outstanding achievements.

We understand that the situation in which we are all currently working is highly unfamiliar – many of us are working remotely, often juggling childcare and dealing with increased workloads, and often feeling isolated from our colleagues and associates that we used to see regularly. 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 executives.

This year we have introduced 2 new categories; Family Law Case of the Year and Family Law Community Interaction Award.

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

Over the past 11 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 ceremony was attended by over 500 guests drawn from across the family law community, including solicitors’ practices, the Bar and the public sector.

Whilst we fully intend to run our 2020 Awards ceremony on Wednesday 25 November 2020, we recognize that we will need to keep our plans under review during these unprecedented times. The wellbeing of our guests, judges, sponsors and staff will be our key priority throughout the 2020 Awards programme.
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A prestigious location



The Ballroom South Bank is a stunning marquee structure that is situated behind the National Theatre, an ideal location for high-profile awards ceremonies. It is one of the most exclusive event venues in London, the unique and innovative venue will make this year’s ceremony unparalleled in grandeur and excitement. This year’s black tie event will feature a sparkling drinks reception, three-course meal and plenty of time for networking with the best of the industry. An after-party will ensure that this year’s celebrations continue into the night.

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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
SHOOSMITHS
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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