The British Legal Awards 2017: have you made the shortlist?

Allen & Overy (A&O), Kirkland & Ellis, CMS and Fieldfisher are among eight firms set to battle it out for Law Firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards next month.

The quartet will go head to head with Clyde & Co, Latham & Watkins, Gateley and Osborne Clarke for the coveted award, with the winner to be announced at a ceremony hosted by Legal Week on Thursday 30 November.

A host of law firms and in-house legal departments will compete across team and individual categories including M&A Team of the Year, General Counsel of the Year, London Office of the Year and UK Law Firm of the Year, with the event to be held in Finsbury Square in the heart of the City.

Slaughter and May and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom will run against a strong line-up of firms including Linklaters and Herbert Smith Freehills for M&A Team of the Year (large deal), while A&O, Clifford Chance (CC) and Sullivan & Cromwell are among those chasing the banking and finance prize.

On the disputes front, Clyde & Co, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Signature Litigation are among those in contention for Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

Meanwhile, the London Office of the Year award will see the likes of White & Case, Morrison & Foerster and Cooley compete with names including Ireland’s Mason Hayes & Curran and Portugal’s Gomez-Acebo & Pombo.

Other private practice prizes will recognise teams including property, restructuring, and private equity, as well as rewarding firms’ efforts in areas such as technology and diversity.

The in-house legal community is also well represented at the awards, with a number of new prizes open to legal teams within corporates. Virgin Media, Avaya, Nokia and Trainline are all in contention for Legal Department of the Year (TMT), while Barclays, TSB and LV= are among those running for the equivalent financial services award.

Winners will be selected by an independent judging panel later this month. The panel includes senior business lawyers from major banks and corporates, as well as former private practice leaders.

Among the big winners at last year’s event, which was hosted by writer and Peep Show star David Mitchell, were Pinsent Masons, Linklaters and Vodafone. Pinsents (pictured right) saw off competition from firms including CC, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Latham to scoop Law Firm of the Year. Linklaters took the award for M&A Team of the Year in the large deal category and Vodafone secured Legal Department of the Year (TMT).

This year’s awards will mark the culmination of Legal Week’s ambitious new two-day event LegalWeek CONNECT, which will bring together a host of law firm leaders, general counsel, technology and innovation heads to explore a wide range of issues driving innovation, disruption and change in the profession.

The British Legal Awards 2017 shortlist in full:

Law Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Clyde & Co
CMS
Fieldfisher
Gateley
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Osborne Clarke

UK Law Firm of the Year
gunnercooke
Harbottle & Lewis
Kennedys
Mishcon de Reya
Shoosmiths
Stevens & Bolton

European Law Firm of the Year
A&L Goodbody
Asters
Cuatrecasas
Garrigues
Kinstellar
Magnusson
Noerr
Perez-Llorca

Specialist Law Firm of the Year
ARC Pensions Law
Edmonds Marshall McMahon
Hickman & Rose
Hughes Fowler Carruthers
Kemp Little
PCB Litigation
Signature Litigation
Three Crowns

London Office of the Year
Boies Schiller Flexner
Cooley
Gomez-Acebo & Pombo
Goodwin Procter
Mason Hayes & Curran
Morrison & Foerster
Paul Hastings
White & Case

M&A Team of the Year (Large Deal)
Ashurst
Baker McKenzie
Dechert
Herbert Smith Freehills
Linklaters
Norton Rose Fulbright
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Slaughter and May

M&A Team of the Year (Medium-Sized Deal)
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Pinsent Masons
Reed Smith
RPC
Simmons & Simmons
Stephenson Harwood
Taylor Wessing
White & Case

Private Equity Team of the Year
Charles Russell Speechlys
Debevoise & Plimpton
Dechert
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hogan Lovells
Macfarlanes
Reed Smith
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Banking and Finance Team of the Year
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Dechert
Linklaters
Paul Hastings
Slaughter and May
Sullivan & Cromwell
White & Case

Restructuring Team of the Year
Allen & Overy
Ashurst
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters
Norton Rose Fulbright
Paul Hastings
Slaughter and May
Sullivan & Cromwell
White & Case

Private Client Team of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Bircham Dyson Bell
Burges Salmon
Charles Russell Speechlys
Farrer & Co
Irwin Mitchell
McDermott Will & Emery
Withers

Property Team of the Year
Addleshaw Goddard
Berwin Leighton Paisner
Clifford Chance and Devonshires
CMS
Mayer Brown
Norton Rose Fulbright
Pinsent Masons
Simmons & Simmons

Energy and Infrastructure Team of the Year
Addleshaw Goddard
Ashurst
Bircham Dyson Bell
Burges Salmon
CMS
Gowling WLG
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hogan Lovells

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year
Clyde & Co
Eversheds Sutherland
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hogan Lovells
Mishcon de Reya
Signature Litigation
Withers

Regulatory and Investigations Team of the Year
Burges Salmon
Debevoise & Plimpton and Slaughter and May
DWF
Shearman & Sterling

Competition Team of the Year
Allen & Overy
Ashurst
Eversheds Sutherland
Slaughter and May
Sullivan & Cromwell
Travers Smith
Tuppers Law

Commercial Team of the Year
CMS
Dechert
Gowling WLG
MacRoberts

TMT Team of the Year
Bird & Bird
CMS
DLA Piper
Eversheds Sutherland
Herbert Smith Freehills
Pinsent Masons
Slaughter and May

Legal Services Innovation Award
Dentons
DLA Piper
Eversheds Sutherland
Hugh James
Invicta Law
LOD
My Home Move
North East Solicitor Apprenticeships

General Counsel of the Year
Bjarne Philip Tellmann, Pearson
Imraan Patel, EG Group
Kirsty Cooper, Aviva
Priti Shetty, ICICI Bank
Vicky Sandry, Sky UK

Legal Department of the Year (Financial Services)
Barclays Bank
Janus Henderson Group
LV=
OakNorth
TSB

Legal Department of the Year (Commerce and Industry)
GB Group
National Grid
Royal Mail
The Crown Estate

Legal Department of the Year (TMT)
Avaya
Informa
Nokia
The Mill
Trainline
Virgin Media
Vodafone

Chambers of the Year
Brick Court Chambers
Hardwicke
Matrix Chambers
Monckton Chambers
Outer Temple Chambers
Quadrant Chambers
Serle Court
Wilberforce Chambers

CSR/Diversity Initiative of the Year
Allen & Overy
Debevoise & Plimpton
Dentons
DLA Piper
Gowling WLG
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown
Travers Smith

Best Use of Technology
Addleshaw Goddard and Wolseley UK
Pennon Group
Linklaters
Mishcon de Reya
Reed Smith
Setfords
Transport for London
Ward Hadaway

Supplier of the Year (Technology)
BigHand
Converge TS
Exponential-e
Forensic Risk Alliance
iManage
Infosec Cloud
Intapp
Opus 2 International

Supplier of the Year (Business Services)
BDO
Calder PR
CILEx Law School
Janders Dean International
LexisNexis
Living Group
Mason & Cook
Totum Partners

Legal Week Intelligence Client Partner of the Year
To be announced on the evening

City of London Law Society Lifetime Achievement Award
To be announced on the evening

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