But prizes also went to smaller firms. Chris Lingard, the managing partner of Cornish firm Follett Stock, collected the Partner of the Year award for dramatically increasing turnover and profit at the firm.
Professional negligence specialists Four New Square walked away as Chambers of the Year after impressive growth, while Fountain Court Chambers’ Nicholas Stadlen QC was named Barrister of the Year for his work defending the Bank of England in the BCCI trial.
The ceremony was attended by 1500 lawyers from across the world. Entrants to the awards and guests on the night helped raise over £70,000 for the The Lawyer’s charities, ChildHope and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.