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 Award
Law Firm of the Year
Editor’s Award for Managing or Senior Partner of the Year
UK Law Firm of the Year
General Counsel of the Year
Legal Department of the Year
Legal Counsel of the Year
Client Partner of the Year
Assistant Solicitor/Associate Solicitor of the Year
Banking, Finance and Restructuring Team of the Year
M&A Team of the Year
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year
Commercial Team of the Year
Private Client Team of the Year
Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year
TMT Team of the Year
Property Team of the Year
European Law Firm of the Year
European Legal Team of the Year
London Office of the Year
Education and Training Initiative of the Year
Law Firm Innovation Award
In-house Innovation Award
Chambers of the Year
Offshore Law Firm of the Year
Diversity Initiative of the Year
CSR Initiative of the Year
Best Use of Technology
Supplier of the Year

For more, see:

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