GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE YEAR

This category is open to senior in-house lawyers from organisations of any size, whose work focuses primarily on the UK.

To enter you must complete the entry form on the online entry portal.

BEGIN YOUR ENTRY

Don’t forget, you can log in and out of the entry portal as many times as you like prior to submitting.

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WHAT WILL THE JUDGES BE LOOKING FOR IN THIS CATEGORY?

The entry form covers the following areas:

  • Background – you, your team and your company (750 words)
    • Our judges will be looking for a summary of your own career background, as well as an outline of how your team is structured within your business, and how you work with external stakeholders – this will serve to put the rest of your submission in context, so be concise and focused. More importantly, they want to understand if there are any specific challenges posed by your sector or company background, and / or how your own past professional experiences have impacted on your current role
  • Your story in 2020 (750 words)
    • Our judges want to see how you’ve excelled over the past 18 months in leading your team – think about any specific challenges you faced, and how you overcame them. You can include ongoing projects or initiatives that have made significant advancements in 2020, be that in terms of technology, operations, talent, D&I or elsewhere. Don’t forget to make clear how you and your role contribute to the business’s strategy and impact on overall business success
  • Additional materials
    • You should use this section to upload any testimonials that add weight to your entry, and any charts or other visual aids that illustrate your work.

There is a confidential information section on the form: We fully appreciate that some of the information you include in your entry may be sensitive. We want to encourage you to submit as much detail as possible, including financial performance, therefore please include in this section any sensitive information that should be treated for judges’ eyes only.

Previous winners:   
2020 Kate Staples, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
2019 Tess Bridgman, Cory Riverside Energy
2018 Daniel Toner, Spire Healthcare Group

Entries are welcome from:

In-house lawyers
Nominations from internal colleagues or external peers