If you have any queries about your entries please contact Kenan Balli on +44 (0)20 7970 4017.


Please note that any information marked as confidential on any entry materials will be treated as for judges’ eyes only and will not be published.

We suggest that you highlight in red / yellow or similar any sections of the form that we may not share outside of the judging panel.

Please ensure that any such key is clearly explained on the form itself.

Please note that by agreeing to judge, all our judges are bound by our confidentiality agreement, which can be found here.


There is no fee to enter The Lawyer Awards 2020 in association with Travelers. However, each entry must be accompanied by a cheque made payable to our charity partner, Free Representation Unit (FRU).

Click here to find out more information about FRU and what they do.

Cheques should be made payable to Free Representation Unit.

For multiple entries from firms, it is permissible to send 1 cheque for all entries. Please write your entry number(s) on the back of each cheque (you will receive this number in your entry confirmation email once you have completed your online submission).

If you are not able to pay by cheque please contact Sarah Hetherington on 020 7970 4532 or email

The amount you donate is entirely at your discretion and will remain confidential. In 2019 we raised over £60,000 from donations during the entry process alone.

Thank you in advance for your generosity once again this year.

Once you have submitted your entry(ies) online, please post your cheque to the following address, so we can collate and send on to the charity:

Sarah Hetherington

Centaur Media, c/o WeWork

13th floor

10 York Road




In order for your entry to be considered, please adhere to the following rules and general guidelines for entry:

  • All entries must be submitted by the entry deadline, as specified above. Entries will not be considered fully submitted until the entrant proceeds to the final stage and submits their entry. A confirmation email will be received once complete.
  • Each entry must take the form requested; this will be a specific entry form so please make sure you download the form for the correct category. In all cases, the judges are looking for concise written submissions and your entry should cover as many of the listed criteria as possible.
  • Please keep the total word count of your entry to 1,000 words; we will allow a discretionary limit of 10% over this amount but no more
  • Please ensure your submission contains the following information clearly printed: category name, name of entering company/firm and page numbers.
  • If nominating a third party, please provide as much information as possible. Contact details for the nominee are mandatory.
  • All submissions must be made online. Please do not send in any supporting material.
  • Unless stated otherwise in category criteria, entries should focus on cases, matters or transactions carried out under UK law in the courts of England and Wales.
  • Please clearly mark any confidential information not for publication or other mention in event or post-event material as ‘Judges’ eyes only’; The Lawyer may publish a selection of winning and shortlisted entries to showcase the high standard of work we receive. We will exclude any material marked as confidential or ‘Judges’ eyes only’.
  • The judging panel reserves the right to move entries from one category to another if they feel it is more appropriate. The judges’ decision is final.
  • The Lawyer accepts no responsibility for any incorrectly submitted information.
  • Sponsors are not allowed to enter any category that they are sponsoring.
  • The awards are judging performance from April 2019 to the present day; this means that the bulk of work contained within the entry must have been carried out within this time period (please note it is not essential that a project or case has both launched and closed within this time period).
  • For transactional categories only, firms may enter more than one deal into the same category.
  • All entrants must supply contact details including email address for the judges to approach should the entry require any further clarification. Where possible and if relevant, please also supply contact details for your client for the same purpose.
  • By entering The Lawyer Awards (if shortlisted for one of our selected categories), you agree that a representative from your firm / company will be available to attend a roundtable related to your category.
  • Please note: In the event that your entry is shortlisted, all entry form details e.g. Entry title/Name of deal as completed in the online entry process will be used on Awards collateral (e.g. Website, Awards graphics, Awards Supplement, and in the event that your entry wins, on the trophy). Copy will adhere to the magazine’s house style e.g. Ltds, PLCs, LLP’s etc will be removed.


Queries regarding entering should be addressed to:

Sarah Hetherington
+44 (0)20 7970 4532