CATEGORIES

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Academic of the Year

The development of the next generation of lawyers is fundamental to the growth of the industry – and academics have a major responsibility for cultivating this talent.

This award recognises the academic who is most effectively shaping legal undergraduate and JD students, instilling a passion for the law, professional excellence and expertise.

Barrister of the Year

As independent advocates and advisers, members of the bar influence the evolution of law in Australia.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual practising at the bar.

Business Development Professional of the Year

While business development managers are not part of a firm’s legal team, they play a critical role in bringing clients through the door – and keeping them.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual who has generated new or repeat business for a law firm and/or has cultivated client relationships.

Dealmaker of the Year

Dealmakers are intrinsically linked to their firms’ fortunes.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual who has acted on one or more transactions over FY17-18.

General Counsel of the Year

General counsel occupy important management roles within companies and government departments, acting as both legal and commercial advisers to business leaders.

This award recognises superior in-house performance and leadership.

In-House Company Secretary of the Year

In-house company secretaries are of utmost importance to a company’s day-to-day operations.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual working in-house, including corporate and public sector lawyers, during FY17-18.

In-House Lawyer of the Year

In-house lawyers are at the coalface of a company’s day-to-day operations, influencing both legal and business decisions.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual working in-house, including corporate and public sector lawyers.

Law Student of the Year

In the toughest graduate job market in history, law students are performing beyond expectations to guarantee their entry into the legal profession.

This award recognises the academic, community and legal achievements of undergraduates.

Legal Support Professional the Year

The outstanding results produced by legal teams are only possible due to the efforts of support staff.

This award recognises the team members who provide invaluable contributions to their firms, whether that be in a legal secretary, personal assistant or paralegal role.

Managing Partner of the Year

The marks of an effective managing partner are a thriving business and an engaged workforce.

This award recognises superior law firm performance and leadership.

Partner of the Year

Successful partners are not only profitable, they also foster a positive work culture within their practice group.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual at partner level within a private practice law firm.

Regional/Suburban Lawyer of the Year

Regional lawyers are integral to their communities, whether they are a sole practitioner or a partner in the country office of a major firm.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual practising in suburban, regional or remote Australia.

Rising Star of the Year

The first few years of legal practice are critical to the future success of a lawyer. Those who demonstrate potential can fast-track their rise through the ranks.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual who has recently commenced his or her legal career.

Senior Associate of the Year

Making partner is the holy grail for senior associates, but only strong performers are offered the coveted position.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual at senior associate level within a private practice law firm.

Sole Practitioner of the Year

Lawyers working in Australia’s sole practices often have a profound impact on the lives of their clients.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual who has chosen to roll out their own practice.

Special Counsel of the Year

Special counsel are in the prime of their careers, set apart by their exceptional achievements.

This award recognises outstanding performance by an individual at special counsel level within a private practice law firm.

Wellness Advocate of the Year

Attention must be paid to health and wellbeing in the workplace.

This award recognises the individual who has actively promoted and advocated for wellness in their employer, the legal profession and the community at large over FY17-18.

TEAM AWARDS

Banking and Finance Team of the Year

Teams that collaborate effectively not only meet the urgent needs of their clients, they are also more likely to be thought leaders in their fields of practice.

This award recognises the achievements of banking and finance teams.

Commercial Team of the Year

Teams that collaborate effectively not only meet the urgent needs of their clients, they are also more likely to be thought leaders in their fields of practice.

This award recognises the achievements of commercial teams working in both large and small firms.

Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

Teams that collaborate effectively not only meet the urgent needs of their clients, they are also more likely to be thought leaders in their fields of practice.

This award recognises the achievements of dispute resolution teams.

Energy and Resources Team of the Year

Teams that collaborate effectively not only meet the urgent needs of their clients, they are also more likely to be thought leaders in their fields of practice.

This award recognises the achievements of energy and resources teams.

Government Team of the Year

Teams that collaborate effectively not only meet the urgent needs of their clients, they are also more likely to be thought leaders in their fields of practice.

This award recognises the achievements of government teams.

In-House Team of the Year

In-house teams are often the source of innovative ideas that deliver enormous value to their organisation.

This award recognises the achievements of in-house teams. It is open to any team working as a dedicated in-house team, embedded on full-time secondment. The team must be fully integrated into the entity and not conduct any work on any private practice matters.

Insurance Team of the Year

Teams that collaborate effectively not only meet the urgent needs of their clients, they are also more likely to be thought leaders in their fields of practice.

This award recognises the achievements of insurance teams.

Intellectual Property Team of the Year

Teams that collaborate effectively not only meet the urgent needs of their clients, they are also more likely to be thought leaders in their fields of practice.

This award recognises the achievements of intellectual property teams.

Property Team of the Year

Teams that collaborate effectively not only meet the urgent needs of their clients, they are also more likely to be thought leaders in their fields of practice.

This award recognises the achievements of property teams.

Transaction Team of the Year

Teams that collaborate effectively not only meet the urgent needs of their clients, they are also more likely to be thought leaders in their fields of practice.

This award recognises the achievements of transaction-based teams.

Workplace Relations and Employment Team of the Year

Teams that collaborate effectively not only meet the urgent needs of their clients, they are also more likely to be thought leaders in their fields of practice.

This award recognises the achievements of workplace relations and employment teams.

FIRM AWARDS

Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Boutique firms are pioneering innovative practices that are challenging the structure and culture of traditional firms.

This award recognises outstanding performance by a boutique firm.

Employee Program of the Year

Taking care of employees has become a top business priority for law firms that recognise the link between a positive culture and a high-performing workforce.

This award recognises firms and legal departments that have demonstrated a commitment to their workforce over FY17-18 via at least one significant employee initiative.

Employer of Choice

A focus on care, trust and transparency is at the heart of what many employees look for in their respective organisations.

This award recognises the law firm or business that has gone above and beyond for their legal employees, ensuring staff attraction and retention remains high by placing importance on the quality care of their people.

Innovator of the Year

In today’s competitive legal market, innovation is essential in standing out from the crowd.

This award recognises firms and legal departments that have successfully implemented innovative projects and/or strategic initiatives in FY17-18.

Law Firm of the Year

One of the highlights of the Australian Law Awards, this award recognises outstanding performance by a law firm in Australia.

NewLaw Firm of the Year

NewLaw firms are becoming a game-changer in the legal profession, challenging the traditional law firm model in numerous ways.

This award recognises outstanding performance by a NewLaw firm in FY17-18.

Pro Bono Program of the Year

The legal profession has long supported the wider community through pro bono work, demonstrating a commitment to ensuring all members of society have access to legal representation.

This award recognises firms and legal departments that have demonstrated a commitment to the community over FY17-18 via at least one significant pro bono initiative.

Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

Regional and suburban firms play a vital role for clients often overlooked by the big end of town.

This award recognises outstanding performance by a law firm operating in regional, remote or suburban Australia.

Wellness Initiative of the Year

Fostering wellness in the workplace is a clear objective for many law firms and legal teams.

This award recognises the law firms and legal departments that have demonstrated a commitment to their workforce over FY17-18 via at least one significant wellness initiative.