Eversheds Sutherland global co-CEO Lee Ranson was one of 70 judges across private practice, in-house and the Bar who debated a record number of entries to narrow down the shortlist for The Lawyer Awards, in association with Travelers.

How did you find the judging process for The Lawyer Awards?

Lee Ranson
Lee Ranson

I very much enjoyed the process. It was interesting to see what is going on within other firms and geographies. I came away very heartened that the profession is adapting/evolving quickly to the new opportunities and challenges especially around such matters as diversity and inclusion, technology and pricing.

Based on all the entries that you read, are there any changes or trends that you foresee in the legal industry?

Technology is THE big issue. Virtually every entry in every category had some reference to how it was impacting and influencing both the operating model of the firm or the client service it was providing.

Did you find it difficult picking the winners of your categories?

Absolutely, the standards were universally high. Each entry was personally scored by the assigned judges and then a moderating meeting held where some “heated debates” took place.

Are you looking forward to the awards in June, and why do you think it’s important to attend industry events like this?

We are lucky enough to be operating in a sector where the U.K. often leads the way. Events that celebrate what the sector has achieved and set out the ambitions for the future should always be supported

The Lawyer Awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Tuesday 26th June 2018 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in the heart of London’s Mayfair. Don’t miss out on being amongst the industry elite at what promises to be the largest celebration of legal excellence in Europe and book your table here.