Taylor Wessing’s night of joy

For those who managed to scramble their way into work today, bravo. Not only are you all gold stars in the legal industry, you’re also jolly good fun.

If anyone’s wondering what on earth we’re talking about, it was only the biggest event of the legal calendar last night – The Lawyer Awards.

For the winners among you, congratulations! We hope you are still sunbathing in glory and savouring the envious reactions of your competitors. For those who missed out, take comfort in the fact that the quality of entrants this year was simply outstanding, and our judges had a tough time picking the firms to honour.

Here’s a reminder of the winners, for those of you who had one champagne flute too many: Taylor Wessing picked up Law Firm of the Year while other winners included Tim Ward QC of Monckton Chambers, who was named Barrister of the Year, Bird & Bird’s Jane Mutimear, the inaugural Client Partner of the Year, and Nokia general counsel Richard Vary, In-House Lawyer of the Year.

Chambers of the Year went to 3 Verulam Buildings, International Firm of the Year to White & Case and Maples and Calder won Offshore Firm of the Year.

A round of applause to them all. And a dash of Alka-Seltzer.

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