Introducing… The finalists for the 2019 Dorset Legal Awards

ASH Elite, Dorset’s only specialist Legal Recruitment consultancy, in partnership with QuoStar, the leading Bournemouth-based IT consultancy, is today proudly announcing the final shortlist for the 2019 Dorset Legal Awards.

Following a highly successful inaugural year, the Dorset Legal Awards returned for a second year running. The 2019 Awards officially opened for entry following a Launch Party at Harbour Height Hotels in Poole in September 2018. Over 165 nominations were made across 17 law firms, which were then individually scored by the judging panel and a final shortlist of 41 finalists made.

In total, 12 winners will be crowned across three different categories: individual awards, team awards and firm-wide awards. In addition, a prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award will be announced on the night, along with special Awards for In-House Team of the Year and Engagement with Education.

The finalists will now be judged in person by the independent panel of notable legal and business professionals including John Knowles, former Chairman of DEK; Ian Scott, retired senior corporate solicitor; barrister Vanessa Meachin QC and Darren Slade, Business and Technology Editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo. As part of a new judging element for 2019, the finalists will also be scored anonymously by a “mystery shopper” on their customer service levels.

The finalists and their firms will attend a black-tie awards ceremony on 1st March 2019 where the winners will be announced. Early bird tickets for the Awards Ceremony are on sale now, with £100 off any tables booked before 31st December 2018.

Individual Categories

Lawyer of the Year

  • William Warnock, Dutton Gregory
  • Victoria Riddleston, Ellis Jones
  • Paul Burton, Frettens
  • Kerry Parsons, Laceys

Partner of the Year

  • Emma Menzies, Dutton Gregory
  • William Fox Bregman, Ellis Jones
  • Simon Cross, Humphries Kirk
  • John Munro, Laceys
  • Emma Hamilton-Cole, Williams Thompson

Rising Star of the Year

  • Clair Phillips, Ellis Jones
  • Nicola Highland, Laceys

Team Categories

Company Commercial Team of the Year

  • Blanchards Bailey
  • Ellis Jones
  • Laceys

Dispute Resolution Team of the Year sponsored by Insight6

  • Blanchards Bailey
  • Ellis Jones
  • Laceys

Family Team of the Year sponsored by Iceberg Group

  • Blanchards Bailey
  • Dutton Gregory
  • Farnfields
  • Laceys
  • Trethowans

Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Team of the Year

  • Dutton Gregory
  • Ellis Jones
  • Trethowans

Private Client Team of the Year sponsored by Iceberg Group

  • Blanchards Bailey
  • Dutton Gregory
  • Laceys

Property Team of the Year

  • Blanchards Bailey
  • Dutton Gregory
  • Farnfields
  • Laceys

Firm Categories

Law firm of the Year (up to 99 employees) sponsored by Smith & Williamson

  • Blanchards Bailey
  • Farnfields
  • Frettens

Law Firm of the Year (100+ employees) sponsored by Saffery Champness

  • Dutton Gregory
  • Ellis Jones
  • Laceys

Contribution to the Community

  • Ellis Jones
  • Farnfields

Early bird tickets now available. Book a table of 10 before 31st December 2018 and save £100