Legal stars come out for The Lawyer Awards

The countdown to The Lawyer’s annual awards has begun and, having received a record number of entries, we can now reveal our stellar list of judges.

Hedley Goldberg
Hedley Goldberg

As ever, the judging panel is made up of a raft of ­industry experts, including Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC, Music Choice ­general counsel Chris Johnstone, Sajid ­Hussein, head of legal EMEA, Bank of America and BT Retail general ­counsel Nigel Paterson.

This year’s judging panel benefits from decades of combined legal knowledge, with the inclusion of numerous lawyers who have just come to the end of their careers as practising solicitors. Lovells’ outgoing real estate chief Bob Kidby and former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner Graham Prentice are among them.

Chris Johnstone
Chris Johnstone

The Lawyer Awards, which take place in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 22 June, is about the ­celebration of excellence in the profession across private practice, the public sector, commerce and industry, and the bar. It is unquestionably the biggest night of the year for the legal profession and, given the huge number of entries received this year, the 2010 event promises to be bigger than ever.

While the judges ­nominate who they believe should win each category, The Lawyer editorial team is interviewing hundreds of lawyers and their clients to supplement the nominations.

The Lawyer was the first legal magazine to put ­together a senior advisory judging panel taken from the great and the good in City ­institutions and the media. The combination of this and The Lawyer’s own research has made these awards the most comprehensive and incisive ­reflection of the ­commercial legal market.

Dinah Rose QC
Dinah Rose QC


Sajid Hussein, head of legal EMEA, Bank of ­America
Dinah Rose QC, Blackstone Chambers
David Greene, head of ­litigation and dispute ­resolution, Edwin Coe
Chris Johnstone, general counsel, Music Choice
Jane Douglas, legal counsel for Europe and Russia, DP World
Andrew Waugh QC, Three New Square
Graham Prentice, former real estate partner, Dewey & LeBoeuf
Stephen Ashworth, ­former head of planning, Denton Wilde Sapte
Simon Cliff, general ­counsel, Manchester City FC
Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers
Gifty Edila, corporate director, legal and democratic services, Hackney Council
Nigel Paterson, general counsel, BT Retail
Gordon Moir, legal ­director, Glasgow Housing Association
Paul Lasok QC, ­Monckton Chambers
Dearbail Jordan, deputy online business editor, The Times
Mark Stewart, former London head of banking, Clifford Chance
Bob Kidby, former head of real estate, Lovells
Hedley Goldberg, managing director, Rothschild
Anjali Chhania, director, Barclays Capital