This award is for firms or in-house teams with a focus on any recognisable area of specialisation. As a guide, 60% of the firm’s turnover should be in the niche area of law. The firm or in-house team will be able to demonstrate a commitment to law as a business and the development of their niche expertise.
Criteria to be taken into account
- As well as law firms, this award is also open to in-house legal teams specialising in a particular area of law or practice.
- If the nominee is a firm, the firm should have a focus on a recognisable particular practice area and 60% of the firm’s turnover should be from that practice area. For example, a firm that derives 60% of its turnover from advice in criminal law only or derives 60% of its turnover from advice in civil litigation or personal injury only would be classed as a niche firm for the purposes of these awards.
- Innovation and involvement in interesting, challenging or new aspects of the particular practice area including any specific cases of significance or contribution to the development of the particular practice area
- Evidence of a commitment to the particular practice area as a business and the promotion of legal excellence in the particular practice area taking into account, where relevant, obstacles that have been overcome
- Excellence, initiative and innovative thinking in client service in the particular practice area
- Excellence in leadership, including a clear vision for the future and how you have sought to differentiate yourself in the market
- Excellence in technical skills and support for on-going continual professional development and education in the particular practice area
- Goals and/or targets you were most proud of achieving during the period, and why
- Involvement in and contribution to professional and other bodies
- Success in external listings/awards/recognitions during the period