The second annual Corporate Counsel Awards will be held on 1 March at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.
As submissions are set to close next week, Lawyers Weekly is urging the in-house community to make their achievements over the past 12 months known at what’s sure to be a jam-packed evening spent celebrating the talent of individuals and legal teams across all industries.
Multi-award-winning former senior vice-president legal and general counsel of Brookfield, Claire Bibby, spoke to Lawyers Weekly earlier this year about what scooping up an accolade can mean for business.
At last year’s Corporate Counsel Awards, Ms Bibby took out the Construction and Real Estate Lawyer of the year gong.
During her time at Brookfield, Ms Bibby also scooped up an award at the 2016 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards, picking up the title of General Counsel of the Year and the Women in Law Excellence Award. In addition, she won the General Counsel of the Year award at last year's Australian Law Awards.
“For both myself and my team, it was an opportunity to pause and reflect on the remarkable year that we had experienced together,” Ms Bibby said, speaking about her award win at last year’s ALAs.
“The action of looking back on all that we had achieved is not common place, especially when our professional and personal lives move at such a fast pace. We can forget to take stock and remember. To then be recognised by one’s peers and the industry as a whole was rewarding and humbling.”
Ms Bibby noted that award wins allow lawyers to differentiate themselves as a leader.
“The intangible value of winning an award of this nature is the natural raising of your profile, both with your internal stakeholders and with the external community (be that outside counsel, business counterparties and the legal industry). What you then do with that voice is up to you,” Ms Bibby said when speaking to Lawyers Weekly earlier this year.
For anyone looking to make a submission for a coveted award, Ms Bibby had some sound advice.
“Be able to point to what it is that you do that is ‘outside of the box’ and makes you stand out from your peers,” she said.
“Show creativity in your writing – you want the judges to say ‘wow’ to themselves when they read your story. Yet be conscious that the judges are very likely time-poor – choose your words carefully so that you keep them engaged.”
Submissions for the 2018 Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards close on 10 November at 5.30pm, with finalists set to be announced the week commencing 27 November.
To lodge a submission or nominate someone, click here.
To learn more about the event, click here.
To see last year’s winners, click here.