Dorset’s leading legal recruitment firm, ASH Elite, and Bournemouth-based IT consultancy, QuoStar, have today announced details of the 2019 Dorset Legal Awards. The Dorset Legal Awards will bring together the best legal professionals in the region for the second year running.
Following the launch of the awards at the Harbour Heights Hotel in Poole on 6th September, nominations are now open for firms, teams and individuals across the south-west region. Nominations will close on the 26th October 2018 with the finalists announced on the 3rd December 2018. Tickets to the event are available via the Dorset Legal Awards website.
The 15 categories this year will cover firms and teams of all practice areas and sizes. Individual awards celebrate the very best in legal achievement, with categories including, ‘Rising Star of the Year’ and ‘Partner of the Year’. This year also sees the introduction of three brand new categories, to recognise the variety of talented firms in the region; ‘Law Firm of the Year 1-49 employees’, ‘Law Firm of the Year 50-99 employees’ and ‘Law Firm of the Year 100+ employees’.
Sponsors for the 2019 Awards include Saffery Champness, sponsor of “Law Firm of the Year 100+ Employees”, Iceberg Partners, sponsors of “Team of the Year: Family” and “Team of the Year: Private Client”, Insight6, sponsor of “Team of the Year: Dispute Resolution”, Smith & Williamson, sponsor of “Law Firm of the Year 50-99 Employees” and Bournemouth University, sponsor of “Engagement with Education Award”. Charles Stanley will also be sponsoring the Drinks Reception at the Awards Ceremony, and College Chambers will sponsor the Live Entertainment.
The awards will be judged by a core panel of legal and business heavyweights. Including, Dr John Knowles, former chairman of DEK, who will be returning to the awards, joined by Darren Slade, Business Editor at The Bournemouth Daily Echo. Joining for the first time will be Sue Warnock, Head of Law at Bournemouth University and Ian Scott, former partner and Senior Adviser at Ashurst LLP.
The winners will be announced at a prestigious black-tie awards dinner on 1st March 2019 at the Bournemouth International Centre and will play host to over 300 legal professionals in the region.
Managing Director of ASH Elite, Sofie Scott, comments:
“We are excited to launch the second year of the awards and continue celebrating the outstanding legal community we have here in Dorset. The 2018 awards saw over 200 nominations from 25 law firms, and we believe the numbers will be even greater in 2019!”
CEO of QuoStar, Robert Rutherford, comments:
“With so much talent in this sector, it’s important that we give credit to the legal professionals in the south-west region and highlight their achievements. These firms have delivered some outstanding work over the past year. Winning a Dorset Legal Award will give legal firms the recognition they deserve and further boost their reputation in the UK. With last year being such a success, the 2019 awards are set to be even bigger and better – we look forward to hearing from all nominees.”