In order for your entry to be considered, please adhere to the following rules and general guidelines for entry:

1. All entries must be submitted by the entry deadline, as specified above. Entries will not be considered fully submitted until the entrant proceeds to the final stage and submits their entry. A confirmation email will be received once complete.

2. Each entry must take the form requested; this will be a specific entry form so please make sure you download the form for the correct category. In all cases, the judges are looking for concise written submissions and your entry should cover as many of the listed criteria as possible.

3. Please try to keep the total word count of your entry to 1,000 words - please note this is not a limit which is strictly imposed, but more a guidelines as to how much to include.

4. Please ensure your submission contains the following information clearly printed: category name, name of entering company/firm and page numbers.

5. If nominating a third party, please provide as much information as possible. Contact details for the nominee are mandatory.

6. Please provide up to 5 referees (including their contact details) for your entry. The Lawyer research team may choose to contact these referees whilst gathering background information about all entries.

7. All submissions must be made online. Please do not send in any supporting material.

8. Unless stated otherwise in category criteria, entries should focus on cases, matters or transactions carried out under UK law in the courts of England and Wales.

9. Please clearly mark any confidential information not for publication or other mention in event or post-event material as ‘Judges’ eyes only’; The Lawyer will publish a selection of winning and shortlisted entries to showcase the high standard of work we receive. We will exclude any material marked as confidential or ‘Judges’ eyes only’.

10. The judging panel reserves the right to move entries from one category to another if they feel it is more appropriate. The judges' decision is final.

11. The Lawyer accepts no responsibility for any incorrectly submitted information.

12. Sponsors are not allowed to enter any category that they are sponsoring.

13. The awards are judging performance from 1st April 2016 to the present day.

14. For transactional categories, firms may enter more than one deal into the same category.

15. All entrants must supply contact details including email address for the judges to approach should the entry require any further clarification. Where possible and if relevant, please also supply contact details for your client for the same purpose.

16. By entering The Lawyer Awards (if shortlisted for one of our selected categories), you agree that a representative from your firm / company will attend a roundtable related to your category.

17. Please note: In the event that your entry is shortlisted, all entry form details e.g. Entry title/Name of deal as completed in the online entry process will be used on Awards collateral (e.g. Website, Awards graphics, Awards Supplement, and in the event that your entry wins, on the trophy). Copy will adhere to the magazine’s house style e.g. Ltds, PLCs, LLP’s etc will be removed.  

Queries regarding entering should be addressed to Sarah Hetherington on +44 (0)20 7970 4532 or