This year we’re focusing on the people who made an impact as well as legal technical brilliance. Here’s a chance to get you and a key business partner in the room together – and we want to showcase your up and coming stars in the team. So when you’re putting the submission together – think about telling the story of your in-house team over 2020-21. Can you give us the context of the challenges facing your company or sector? What specific problems were you wrestling with? How did you overcome them? Can you show how your work benefited the company? Were there any regulatory or risk hurdles? What did the team do overcome or mitigate them? How long had you been working at the company before then? And the context is particularly important: what is the size and structure of your team? What resources could you count on internally or from external law firms?

We’ll be turning the answers to all of these questions – supplemented with interviews with key members of the team – into a highly readable narrative and case study of technical brilliance, project management and client relationship which the team will be able to use in its own comms.

We’ll want to speak to the general counsel / head of legal, of course, but we also want to speak to key external advisers or other internal stakeholders.

TLA is going to spearhead a wide programme of talent recognition by TL – the lead in-house lawyers from the shortlisted team will be invited to a virtual chat with the editors about career opportunities in-house and their own learnings along the way, where they think market is going and the advice they would give to anyone wanting to make a career in-house.