European Specialist Law Firm of the Year

his category is open to independent law firms in Europe which have a clear specialism. Firms headquartered outside Europe, or those which are branded members of an international alliance, are excluded.

The specialist law firm of the year award will be given to a firm of any size which focuses exclusively, or predominantly, on one practice area or sector.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. Firms should be able to show that they have developed or progressed their strategic vision during the year – this may be through lateral recruitment or acquisitions, the opening of new offices or the forging of new alliances. Evidence of programmes which recognise diversity, social mobility and employee retention is encouraged.

The entry form will ask you for:

1. Evidence of:

a.    Strategic vision and strong leadership
b.    Strong financial management and growth
c.    Innovation in client service delivery
d.    Innovation in pricing
e.    Excellent talent management and workplace development
f.    Key clients
g.    Significant client wins and feedback
h.    Recent hires and investment
i.    Leadership team (including biographies)

2. You will also be asked to provide details of up to three cases or transactions which demonstrate:

a. Excellence in the firm’s chosen field
b. Depth and breadth of expertise
c. Commercial strength
d. Market share and evidence of both growth and retention within their client list
e. Legal and/or entrepreneurial innovation
f. Evidence of market leading strategy

Please provide as much evidence as possible of the firm’s achievements during the year, including financial performance, examples of deals or cases and new initiatives within the firm.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 1,500 words (excluding headers).