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Awards and recognition We're committed to excellence.

We're pleased to have received widespread industry recognition for excellence, through the following achievements, awards and accreditations:

Winners

  • Best Apprenticeship Programme in Professional Services — Apprenticeship Guide Awards 2024
  • Solicitor of the Year (Asema Natha) — Leicestershire Law Society Awards 2024
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing Initiative of the Year — Legal 500 UK ESG Awards 2024
  • Law Firm of the Year — Legal 500 Northern Powerhouse Awards 2024
  • Rising Star of the Year — Public Sector (Morris Hill) — Legal 500 Northern Powerhouse Awards 2024
  • Rising Star of the Year — Private Client (David McGuire) — Legal 500 Northern Powerhouse Awards 2024
  • Paralegal of the Year (Lily Emmett) — Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2024
  • The Problem Solver Award for North East England Chamber of Commerce — British Chambers Awards 2023
  • Debt Recovery — Yorkshire Legal Awards 2023
  • Private Client — Yorkshire Legal Awards 2023
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year — Insider North East Dealmakers Awards 2023
  • Private Client Team — Wills & Probate — Private Client Modern Law Awards 2023
  • Best Law Firm for Work/Life Balance — Legal Cheek Awards 2023
  • Business Diversification Award — North East Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2023
  • Junior Solicitor of the Year (Marcus Blakelock), Leicestershire Law Society Annual Awards 2023
  • Legal Executive of the Year (Ahmed Mangera), Leicestershire Law Society Annual Awards 2023
  • Family Law Firm of the Year: North, Family Law Awards 2022
  • Outstanding employee experience, British Wills & Probate Awards 2022
  • Young Practitioner of the Year (David McGuire), British Wills & Probate Awards 2022
  • Corporate Lawyer of the Year (Duncan Reid), North East Dealmakers Awards 2022
  • Social value award, Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership
  • Law firm of the year, Northern Law Awards 2022
  • Lawyer of the year (Chris Graham), Northern Law Awards 2022
  • Team of the Year — Litigation, Manchester Legal Awards 2022
  • Large Law Firm of the Year award, The Leicestershire Law Society Annual Awards 2022
  • Innovation Trailblazer Award (Stuart Whittle), LegalWeek Innovation Awards 2022
  • Best Wills & Trusts Law firm — England, Retirement Planning Awards 2022
  • Private Equity/Venture Capital Deal of the Year. North East Business Insider Dealmakers Awards 2020
  • Shooting Star (Lisa Schorah) CICM British Credit Awards 2021
  • Best Use of Technology, Modern Law Awards 2019
  • Large Law Firm of the Year award, Liverpool Law Society Awards 2019
  • Private Client Team of the Year, Manchester Legal Awards 2019
  • Public Sector UK Firm (Regional) of the Year 2017
  • Regulatory Team of the Year 2017, Manchester Legal Awards
  • Best legal services supplier award, TIGA Games Industry Awards 2016
  • Professional services award, Birmingham Post Awards 2016 (and 2015)
  • Client management innovation award, Legal Week Innovation Awards 2016

Shortlisted

  • Diversity and Inclusion Award — The Access Legal Modern Law Awards 2024
  • National Law Firm of the Year — Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2024
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award — Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2024
  • National Law Firm of the Year — Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2024
  • 'Technology Venture of the Year' (for PREDiCT) — British Legal Technology Awards 2023
  • Private Client Team: Wills & Probate — Modern Law Private Client Awards 2023
  • Private Client Team: Family Law — Modern Law Private Client Awards 2023
  • Private Client Team: Charities & Philanthropy — Modern Law Private Client Awards 2023
  • Best Workplace Wellbeing — Modern Law Private Client Awards 2023
  • Trainee/Paralegal/Apprentice of the Year — Lucy Meakin — Manchester Legal Awards 2023
  • Team of the Year: Litigation — Manchester Legal Awards 2023
  • Knowledge Management Innovation — Legal Innovation Awards 2023
  • Disruptive Technology (for PREDiCT) — Legal Innovation Awards 2023
  • Firm of the Year — Legal Cheek Awards 2023
  • Best Law Firm for WFH — Legal Cheek Awards 2023
  • Best Law Firm for Legal Tech — Legal Cheek Awards 2023
  • Best Law Firm for Peer Support — Legal Cheek Awards 2023
  • Legal Advisors of the Year — Public, HealthInvestor Awards 2023
  • Legal Advisors of the Year — Transactional, HealthInvestor Awards 2023
  • Employer of the Year, CICM British Credit Awards 2023
  • Resilience and Continuity, CICM British Credit Awards 2023
  • Social Mobility and Inclusion, CICM British Credit Awards 2023
  • Large Employer of the Year, Greater Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards 2022
  • Professional Services Apprentice of the Year (Tom Reeves), Greater Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards 2022
  • Law Firm of the Year (100+), Liverpool Law Society Awards 2022
  • Legal Technology Team of the Year, Legal Business Awards 2022
  • Solicitor Firm of the Year, British Wills & Probate Awards 2022
  • Family law firm of the year: North, Family Law Awards 2022
  • Most Innovative Firm of the Year, British Legal Technology Awards 2022
  • Fraud investigation of the year, Claims & Fraud Awards 2022
  • Diversity & Inclusion, Yorkshire Legal Awards 2022
  • Debt Recovery, Yorkshire Legal Awards 2022
  • Best people initiative, Managing Partners' Forum Awards 2022
  • Best enhanced solutions for clients, Managing Partners' Forum Awards 2022
  • Team of the year — corporate and commercial, Northern Law Awards 2022
  • Team of the year — litigation, Northern Law Awards 2022
  • Rising star, Northern Law Awards 2022
  • AI Innovation, LegalWeek Innovation Awards 2022
  • Solicitor Firm of the year (National), British Wills & Probate Awards 2021
  • Finalist Public Legal category, LaingBuisson Awards 2021
  • Corporate law firm of the year, Insider North East Dealmakers Awards 2021
  • Private Equity/Venture Capital deal of the year, Insider North East Dealmakers Awards 2021
  • Deal of the year (below £10m), Insider North East Dealmakers Awards 2021
  • Deal of the year (above £10m), Insider North East Dealmakers Awards 2021
  • Regulatory Team of the Year, Manchester Legal Awards 2021
  • Litigation Team of the Year, Manchester Legal Awards 2021
  • Diverse Company of the Year, National Diversity Awards 2020
  • Firm of the Year, Leicester Law Society Awards 2020
  • Private Client team of the year, Birmingham Law Society Awards 2020
  • Corporate law firm of the year, North East Dealmakers Awards 2020
  • Corporate lawyer of the year — Duncan Reid, North East Dealmakers Awards 2020
  • Private equity deal — Atlas, North East Dealmakers Awards 2020
  • Technology Venture of the Year, British Legal Technology Awards 2020 — Runner Up 
  • Legal Advisor — Public, HealthInvestor Awards 2020
  • Best Business Innovation, MPF Awards 2020
  • Private Client team of the year, Manchester Legal Awards 2020
  • Pro Bono/Community Initiative of the Year, Manchester Legal Awards 2020
  • Corporate/Commercial Team of the Year, Manchester Legal Awards 2020
  • Law Firm of the Year, The Lawyer Awards 2019
  • Excellence in Technology and Innovation, Firm of the Year (Highly Commended) and Excellence in Learning & Development (Highly Commended) at the The Law Society Excellence Awards
  • Technology Team of Year, British Legal Technology Awards 2019
  • UK Law Firm of the Year, British Legal Awards 2019
  • AI Innovation, Legal Week Innovation Awards 2019
  • Law Firm of the Year, Modern Law Awards 2019
  • Diversity & Inclusion Award, Yorkshire Legal Awards 2019
  • Community Award, Raising the Bar Awards (Leeds) 2019
  • Financial Controller of the Year (less than £100m turnover), Finance Team of the Year (large — 20+ members), Diversity in Finance, Innovation in Finance, Finance Awards North West 2019
  • Law Firm Innovation and Corporate and Commercial team of the year, Manchester Legal Awards 2019
  • Family Matrimonial Law Firm of the Year, Magic Circle Awards 2019
  • Law Firm of the Year, Liverpool Law Society Awards 2019
  • Commercial and Public Property Award, Scottish Property Awards 2019
  • Firm of the Year, British Legal Awards 2018
  • Combatting Fraud — Collaboration of the Year, POST Insurance Fraud Awards 2018
  • Alliance of the Year and Excellence in IT Security, British Legal Technology Awards 2018
  • Outstanding Law Firm of the Year, Changing Lawyer Awards 2018
  • Shortlisted for our commitment to CSR at both the MPF Awards 2018 and Legal Business Awards 2018
  • Corporate/Commercial Team of the Year, Manchester Legal Awards 2018
  • Diversity Award, British Insurance Awards 2017
  • Highly commended for CSR Innovation, Legal Week Innovation Awards 2016

Accreditations

  • Ranked in the Times Best Law Firms 2024 (6th year running)
  • Top Employers Institute 2023 (16th year running)
  • 135 specialism rankings and 446 individual rankings in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500
  • Ranked Diversity Pioneers in The Lawyer UK 200 Diversity Awards — ranked 3rd most diverse law firm
  • Lexcel — Legal Practice Quality Mark (since June 2004)
  • BS ISO/IEC 27001 Security Certification
  • ISO 14001 Environmental Certification
  • ISO 50001 Energy Management
  • Cyber Essentials Plus Standard
  • BitSight Security rating 800/900
  • Chartered Institute of Credit Management CICMQ quality accreditation
  • Legal Week — Entered UK Top 50 in 2011
  • Certified Living Wage Employer
  • Ecovadis sustainability rating — received a silver rating (93rd percentile) in February 2023 from Ecovadis, a global provider of business sustainability ratings

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