They may have done a few things in South Africa over the years that seemed backwards to the outside world, not least chasing down 434 to beat Australia in a one-day international cricket match in February, but it appears that they have at least got one thing the right way around.

South African firm Webber Wentzel Bowens (WWB) is hosting an awards ceremony on 1 November. Unlike The Lawyer Awards, which is undoubtedly the very best award a lawyer or law firm could hope to receive, WWB’s awards are for that highly underprivileged and undervalued section of the legal community – legal journalists.

Yep, the eighth annual WWB Legal Journalist of the Year Award is a hotly contested and prestigious award for quality performance. It is a recognition that legal journalism enhances public understanding of the country’s civil and criminal justice systems and the laws