Welcome to the Dorset Legal Awards

Dorset has a thriving legal community, and we want to recognise the talented individuals and firms who are a part of it. The Dorset Legal Awards will bring together all those working in the industry, to celebrate the success of firms in the region and the valuable employees and leaders within them.

Following an exclusive launch party at the Italian Villa in Poole, the Awards will be open for entry for all legal professionals, support staff and law firms in the Dorset Region.

A prestigious judging panel will be responsible for reviewing, shortlisting and interviewing applicants before the winners are announced at a glittering black-tie Awards Ceremony at the Bournemouth International Centre, on 23 February 2018. The awards ceremony will include a champagne reception, sumptuous three course dinner and an evening full of entertainment.


The Categories

Our categories are extensive, so please take a look and enter into those that you feel apply to you.

  • Rising Star of the Year
  • Contribution to the Community Award
  • Engagement with Education Award
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Practice Manager/Director of the Year
  • Best Use of Technology
  • Partner of the Year
  • Small Law Firm of the Year
  • Law Firm of the Year
  • Team of the Year: Family
  • Team of the Year: Property
  • Team of the Year: Private Client
  • Team of the Year: Company/ Corporate Commercial
  • Team of the Year: Dispute Resolution
  • Team of the Year: Personal Injury/ Clinical Negligence
  • Team of the Year: Employment
  • Lifetime Achievement Award


Why should you enter?

Do you always go the extra mile for your clients? Is your firm dedicated to engaging with the local community and training up the next group of legal superstars? Has your team put in the hours and reaped brilliant results? The Dorset Legal Awards is the perfect opportunity to showcase your talent and skills.

Entering the awards is also and excellent way to advertise the achievements of your firm and your employees, as finalists and winners will feature in promotional materials, including press releases and social media.


What happens when?


Wednesday 10th May 2017

Join us for a drinks reception at The Italian Villa, 164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole, BH13 7ES, to celebrate the official launch of The Dorset Legal Awards. Register for your launch party tickets by emailing: events@quostar.com



Thursday 11th May 2017

Now’s the time to enter the Dorset Legal Awards. Nominate yourself, your firm or a colleague for the award(s) of your choosing. It’s easy to enter, simply visit: www.dorsetlegalawards.co.uk and complete the entry form for your category. All categories are free to enter.



Friday 27th October 2017

The last chance to enter the Dorset Legal Awards, before entry closes at 11:59pm on Friday 27th October. The judging panel will then begin reviewing all the applications received to draw up a shortlist of finalists.



Friday 1st December 2017

The judging panel will decide on a five person/team/firm shortlist for each category. All finalists will be notified by email, and the shortlist will also be published on The Dorset Legal Awards website and social media channels.



January 2018

The judging panel will conduct a short interview with each of the finalists (dates to be confirmed). The winner of each category will be revealed at the Awards ceremony in February, and every finalist will receive one complimentary ticket to attend.



Friday 23rd February 2018

The Dorset Legal Awards will culminate in a glittering black-tie ceremony at the Bournemouth International Centre, with a champagne reception and sumptuous three course dinner.


For further information please contact:


Sam Savage, South Coast Events sam@southcoastevents.co.uk



Sofie Scott, ASH Elite hello@ashelite.com

Robert Rutherford, QuoStar robert.rutherford@quostar.com