This year’s awards include revised categories and criteria, although the entry process remains straightforward with the same requirements for firms across the board.
New for this year are four cross-border transactional categories, designed to recognise firms which excel in corporate, finance, projects or competition work. These categories only are open to any firm practising in Continental Europe, while the categories focusing on a jurisdiction are open to independent European firms only.
Winning firms will not necessarily be those which have topped deal tables. Last year’s awards went to a range of practices, from small corporate boutiques to some of Europe’s biggest firms. What they all had in common was a commitment to excellence across the board and a clear strategic vision.
A panel of judges, including managing partners at private practice firms and in-house counsel at multinational companies, will once again be judging the awards.
We encourage smaller firms from smaller markets to enter - winners are by no means based on the size of their firm. Every entry is scrutinised by the same criteria and it's quality not quantity, that win the top prizes.
The awards have been moved from late autumn to spring following market research indicating this would be a more convenient time for the ceremony and to allow more time for judges to consider the increasing number of entries.
For the first time this year, we plan to showcase further the knowledge and expertise shared by the awards entrants. Representatives of a selection of shortlisted firms and individuals will be invited to take part in one of a series of category-specific roundtables prior to the awards taking place where key issues will be debated.
Best of luck to all entrants.
Special reports & Europe editor, The Lawyer