Frequently
Asked Questions

Our awards website should help answer all of your questions. However, here are some FAQs we get plus other key information to help you submit and attend the awards.

Please contact our team if you have any additional questions or need help lodging your submission.

Who can enter?

The awards are open to all lawyers and firms across Australia, given they meet the category requirements.

How do I nominate someone for an award? Can it be anonymous?

You can nominate a colleague or friend through our event website. You will need to complete the online form and provide the email address and phone number of the nominee so that we can let them know of the nomination. This can be done anonymously.

NOTE THAT A SUBMISSION STILL NEEDS TO BE MADE IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR AWARD ENTRY.

Can I make multiple nominations? Does it increase the chances of becoming a finalist?

You are welcome to make more than one nomination or nominate multiple people. Making more than one nomination does not increase the chances of becoming a finalist. Finalist selection is based on the submission.

Does it cost anything to enter?

No, entering is free and we encourage you to join or nominate people in as many eligible categories as possible.

Can I submit for more than one category?

You are welcome to make as many submissions as you are eligible for. You can check category criteria and eligibility on the website.

What are the judges looking for? How do I make my submission stand out?

Answer the questions and provide accurate and concise information. Make use of the available word count to draw upon examples to support your claims. Remember that judges often have a lot of submissions to consider, so make it entertaining and informative. Supporting documents are also looked upon favourably to strengthen your submission provided they are relevant to your submission. Judges do not want to spend a lot of time reviewing information that is not relevant to the questions or submission. Don’t be shy in contacting your colleagues and clients for testimonials and references.

Why do you want my photo?

Finalists may have their headshot displayed alongside their name on screen when they are announced at the event. We may also use headshots to announce finalists on our social media campaign.

Why should I enter? What happens when I make it as a finalist?

Getting the recognition that you deserve by winning an award or becoming a finalist can be a real boost to your business. Our events also provide a great opportunity to network with like-minded companies and individuals. You are provided with a finalist seal and certificate that you can display on your website or in your office. You are also provided with a press release to help you spread the word to your network.

When do submissions close?

The official deadline for the close of submissions can be found on the event home page. If you have problems meeting this time, please contact Sudket Fraser-Krause on 02 9922 3300 or by email at [email protected].

Do I have to participate if I make it as a finalist?

You are encouraged to participate if you make it as a finalist. The event gives you an opportunity to be celebrated and recognised for your outstanding work in your field.

How does the judging process work?

A judging panel made up of highly respected industry professionals with a broad range of experience will be chosen to examine the submissions. Judging is allocated to ensure that there is no conflict of interest in respective categories. Each judge will be assigned several categories and will be asked to score each submission in those categories based on all documentation provided by entrants. Several judges are assigned per category to ensure a range of expertise and opinions. The aggregate highest score will determine the winner of each award.

Additionally, as part of the assessment process and to ensure transparency, some categories may require a panel interview with judges.

I’m having issues with entering my submission or need more information. Who can I contact?

Please contact a member of our team. Details can be found on the contact page.

Do I have to be nominated for an award to enter?

You do not need to be nominated to enter the awards. A nomination is a kind gesture and a prompt for you to enter the program by a third party. Judges are not advised if you are nominated nor are scores affected. You are welcome to make a submission on your own accord.

What happens when I nominate someone?

When you nominate someone for an award, they will receive an email notifying them of the nomination. You can choose to be anonymous or to let them know of your nomination. The email will contain details about what they have been nominated for and the submission process, encouraging them to enter the awards. Note that a submission still needs to be made in order to be eligible for the award.

How do I get started?

Please create your account online and select the categories you will submit for. If you have any questions about criteria and eligibility, please call Sudket Fraser-Krause on 02 9922 3300 or by email at [email protected].

Can I make a submission on behalf of someone else?

Yes, you are welcome to make your own submission or a submission on somebody else’s behalf. Please ensure that permission is granted before making a submission on somebody else’s behalf.

I have completed my submission, but I want to add more information or attachments. Is it possible to edit my submission?

You can log in any time to amend or add to your submission until the submission close date. If you have any problems here, please call the team to see if we can assist you beyond the closing date.

What type of supporting documents do I include with my submission?

Supporting documents can include references, testimonials, statistics, video, media coverage, financial or business metrics and/or statements, and third-party independent data reports to boost your submission. However, there are limits to the size of documents that can be uploaded. If you are having problems uploading a document, please let us know. Supporting documents are looked upon favourably by the judges, so consider their content, relevance and format.

What are the chances of making it as a finalist?

This is impossible to answer. Follow the tips above to increase your chances. Some categories have many entries, and determining finalists is a very difficult process. We do limit the number of finalists, so if you don’t make it, don’t be discouraged as you may have only just missed out. Remember that you do have to be “in it to win it”!

Can I get feedback on my submission if I didn’t make it?

Although we would love to give everyone feedback on their submission, they are reviewed by multiple judges who are not always able to comment on each entry.

When are finalists announced? How will I be notified?

The date for the finalist announcement can be found on the event home page. An announcement will be sent out to all submitters and will be published on the website.

When is the event?

Details of the event will be released after the finalist announcement. Please refer to the home page for more information and award ceremony dates.

Who sees my submission?

All information is highly confidential and is only shared with the event team and the judges for that category. The information is not published, and any permissions would be sought if required.

I am interested in partnership opportunities. Who can I contact?

Please contact Rory Fitzgerald on 02 8045 2006 or by email at [email protected].

Awards organisers