The British Legal Awards 2015: who won what - and why...

The cream of the legal community was out in force at the British Legal Awards last month as the UK’s top lawyers came together in recognition of the profession’s achievements from the last year.

hugh-dennis1Among the big winners was RPC, which took home the Law Firm of the Year award, while Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley scooped the Editor’s Award for Managing/Senior Partner of the Year.

The 22-strong judging panel for the awards was chaired by City of London Law Society chairman Alasdair Douglas.

“We continue to live in interesting times,” said Douglas in his opening speech. “Competition is fiercer than ever – from accountants, foreign jurisdictions and legal service providers of all hues.”

The host for the night was comedian and actor Hugh Dennis (pictured), while the chosen charity for the awards was War Child, which provides support to vulnerable children whose lives have been torn apart by war, with the evening raising nearly £15,000 in total.

Click on the links below to find out who came out on top:

City of London Law Society Lifetime Achievement AwardLaw Firm of the YearEditor’s Award for Managing or Senior Partner of the YearUK Law Firm of the YearGeneral Counsel of the YearLegal Department of the YearLegal Counsel of the YearClient Partner of the YearAssistant Solicitor/Associate Solicitor of the YearBanking, Finance and Restructuring Team of the YearM&A Team of the YearLitigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the YearCommercial Team of the YearPrivate Client Team of the YearCompetition and Regulatory Team of the YearTMT Team of the YearProperty Team of the YearEuropean Law Firm of the YearEuropean Legal Team of the YearLondon Office of the YearEducation and Training Initiative of the YearLaw Firm Innovation AwardIn-house Innovation AwardChambers of the YearOffshore Law Firm of the YearDiversity Initiative of the YearCSR Initiative of the YearBest Use of TechnologySupplier of the Year

For more, see:

The night in pictures – a photo gallery from the eveningThe winners in pictures – a photo gallery of the awards presentationsThe awards as they happened: take a look back at our live blogLaw Firm of the Year: why we selected the firms on the shortlist