Entries are now open for The Manchester Legal Awards, which will return with a stylish awards ceremony this June.
Organized by the Manchester Law Society, the awards recognize and reward legal talent from across the region and culminate in a black-tie gala dinner at The Midland Hotel on Thursday, June 9.
Fran Eccles-Bech, chief executive of the Manchester Law Society, said: “Although last year’s virtual event was successful, I cannot wait to see people in the flesh again at this year’s live event. After the challenges of the past two years, our community is ready to let its collective hair down and celebrate big time.
“The standard of entries is always exceptionally high and we encourage any firm, chambers, company or individual who has worked tirelessly over the qualifying period to get their entries in so their hard work can be recognised.
“Although the awards are free and simple to enter, to win or make the shortlist is truly prestigious because the judging process is so rigorous and robust. Our awards are the envy of legal communities across the UK and have rightly earned their position as the highlight of the legal calendar.
“We have a limited number of sponsorship and advertising opportunities available. This year’s event will be bigger than ever so I urge anyone who wants to raise their profile among the region’s sizeable legal community to get in touch.”
The main sponsor for this year’s awards is the global legal recruitment company, Interlink.
All entries, with the exception of Lifetime Achievement, will be assessed against four criteria by a panel of judges from the legal and business community.
The 21 categories in the Manchester Legal Awards 2022 are:
- Business Support Champion/s
- Trainee/Paralegal/Apprentice of the Year
- Solicitor of the Year
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champions of the Year (new category)
- Corporate/Commercial Team of the Year
- Crime Team of the Year
- Employment Team of the Year
- Family Team of the Year
- Litigation Team of the Year
- Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Team of the Year
- Private Client Team of the Year
- Property Team of the Year
- Regulatory Team of the Year
- In-house Team of the Year (new category)
- Barristers’ Chambers of the Year
- Barrister of the Year
- Partner of the Year
- Small Law Firm of the Year (1-5 partners nationally)
- Medium Law Firm of the Year (6-20 partners nationally)
- Large Law Firm of the Year (20+ partners nationally)
- Lifetime Achievement
The Manchester Law Society’s chosen charity this year is Caritas Aspire, which works alongside refugees and asylum seekers in Manchester.
Named after a Latin word meaning love and compassion, Caritas Aspire supports people in practical and emotional ways. It provides high quality language lessons; mentoring to support entry into further/higher education and employment; and well-being services.
Caritas Aspire helps refugees and asylum seekers integrate into their new community and ultimately aims to protect their dignity.
Fran said: “With the current situation in Ukraine, the work of Caritas Aspire has never been more important. We hope you feel moved to make a donation.”
The deadline for entries is Friday, April 1. To find out more and to enter visit www.manchesterlegalawards.co.uk or follow @MLAwards on Twitter. Anyone interested in sponsorship or advertising can contact [email protected]