The Lawyer Awards 2008 take place at The Grosvenor House Hotel next week (24 June). To find out who has won this year, tune in next week.
Over the past few weeks we have been looking back at the careers of previous winners.
In-house Commerce and Industry Team of the Year
National Grid Transco’s Helen ;Mahy ;led ;the company’s winning team in 2005 and remains the top lawyer at the utility giant. She went on to spend a year as chair of the GC100, the influential FTSE100 in-house group.
Mahy was replaced as GC100 chair by Prudential general ;counsel ;Peter Maynard at the beginning of 2008.
Management Team of the Year
As managing partner of Linklaters, Tony Angel’s uncompromising vision helped the firm boost profit per equity partner by 26 per cent in 2005, putting two tough years of restructuring to bed and securing the firm’s place in the elite.
Since retiring as managing partner in 2007, Angel has flown the legal nest. In June 2008 he became executive managing director of financial market intelligence provider Standard & Poor’s (S&P). His new role will see him spearhead S&P’s growth and development in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Finance Team of the Year – Banking/Restructuring
Restructuring star Andrew Wilkinson’s work on the mammoth restructuring of British Energy was a key moment in an exceptional year ;for ;Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.
But in March 2007 Wilkinson finally made his long-rumoured move to Goldman Sachs, where he took up a non-legal role as joint head of restructuring.
Cadwalader’s London restructuring team now has four partners, comprising Peter Baldwin, Michelle Duncan, Tony Horspool and Richard Nevins.
Barrister of the Year
Back in 2005 The Lawyer wrote: “If there is a high-profile IP case going on, chances are this year’s barrister of the year David Kitchen ;QC ;will ;be involved.” But before the year was out he had moved on, leaving 8 New Square to become a High Court judge in the Chancery Division.
His star continued to rise in 2007, when he was named one of the five ‘stars of the bench’ in The Lawyer’s survey of the judiciary. Litigators praised his common sense, with one describing him as “eminently sensible and a very nice bloke”.
Assistant Solicitor of the Year
Former Kemp Little assistant Jim Leason was always likely to end up in the in-house sector. He spent much of 2005 working for client EDS to help the company win its bid for a major Ministry of Defence contract.
It should be no surprise, then, that Leason left Kemp Little in 2006 to join the Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters), where he is assistant general counsel in the scientific business division.
Law Firm of the Year
This year marked the end of an era for Slaughter and May. The management trio of David Frank, Tim Clark and Melvyn Hughes graced the cover of The Lawyer’s awards supplement after leading Slaughters to Law Firm of the Year in 2005. This year their terms came to an end.
The then senior partner Clark retired to make way for Chris Saul, while practice partner Frank retired at the end of April to be replaced by Paul Olney. Real estate partner Graham White took the executive partner role from Hughes, who will remain at Slaughters until the end of 2008.