To assist you with your nominations
Firms and individuals practicing in Birmingham and the surrounding areas are invited to submit nominations in one of the 14 award categories.
To assist you with your nominations we have included the criteria for each award below. Once all entries have been received, nominees will be contacted and asked to supply further detailed information to support their nomination.
These awards are designed to celebrate the best legal talent in the Birmingham Legal Community. Whilst the categories are wide ranging we expect all nominees to be active in the Birmingham Legal market. You do not have to be a member of BLS but we would encourage you to come and join us at our events.
The Legal Awards marking criteria are being published this year for the first time. This is to ensure that nominations and interviews focus on the criteria. You will be judged according to these criteria only. They are consistent across shortlisting and interview. We would encourage you to expand on answers in interview if shortlisted rather than repeat your nomination form. Additional work outside the criteria stated will not be considered and will detract from the word limit.
Marks will not be disclosed nor (due to the high numbers of applications), will feedback be given. All the judges at both short listing stage and interview are volunteering their time on top of busy working lives.
The Awards remain entirely independent of both the Council of Birmingham Law Society and Board of Directors. Neither should be canvassed for support or advice in relation to the nominations or interviews.
Leadership and commitment outside the normal duties of a lawyer are included because experience of past award winners indicates that we have a huge amount of additional community work and leadership happening in the legal community and wish to celebrate that. It is also worth noting that leadership is present even amongst junior members of the profession and can be formal leadership of a team or leading a community outreach project or leading or working as part of a group leading a charitable event.
We have deliberately given scope for you to draft your nomination focussing on how you fit the criteria. There is an overall word limit but not one per criteria. Shape your application to the criteria but play to your strengths and experience. However, like with an exam question we would suggest you consider the marks available for each criteria and weight your answer accordingly.