And the winners of the Legal Cheek Awards are…

Osborne Clarke and Baker McKenzie each bag brace as Burges Salmon scoops overall award and Slaughter and May wins ‘Most Admired’

Yesterday evening the big hitters from the world of City law gathered in London for the Legal Cheek Awards, sponsored by BARBRI International.

In the glamorous surrounds of The Executive Suite at 33 Finsbury Square, over 150 attendees were treated to a video depicting a typical day in the lives of Legal Cheek editors Tom Connelly and Katie King, featuring special messages from Judge Rinder and Joshua Rozenberg, before Legal Cheek founder Alex Aldridge took to the stage to present the prizes.

The winners were announced by Legal Cheek’s campus ambassadors, with guest appearances from members of our independent judging panels and editorial team.


The Trainee and Junior Lawyer Firm of the Year 2017: Burges Salmon

Highly commended: Osborne Clarke, Travers Smith, Shearman & Sterling, Baker McKenzie, Trowers & Hamlins, Taylor Wessing, Bristows

Most Admired Law Firm 2017: Slaughter and May

Highly commended: Freshfields, Latham & Watkins, Pinsent Masons, Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters, Mishcon de Reya, Allen & Overy, Bird & Bird, Clifford Chance


Best Law Firm for Training 2017: Osborne Clarke

Highly commended: Burges Salmon, Bird & Bird, Linklaters, Travers Smith, Taylor Wessing, Mayer Brown , Macfarlanes, Herbert Smith Freehills, Bristows

Best Law Firm for Quality of Work 2017: Trowers & Hamlins

Highly commended: TLT, Shearman & Sterling, Mills & Reeve, Kirkland & Ellis, Burges Salmon, Mishcon de Reya, Bristows, Osborne Clarke

Best Law Firm for Peer Support 2017: Baker McKenzie

Highly commended: Dentons, Osborne Clarke, Berwin Leighton Paisner, TLT, Travers Smith, Bristows, Trowers & Hamlins, Taylor Wessing

Best Law Firm for Partner Approachability 2017: Osborne Clarke

Highly commended: RPC, Shearman & Sterling, Baker McKenzie, Trowers & Hamlins, Fieldfisher, Travers Smith, Bristows, TLT

Best Law Firm for Work/Life Balance 2017: Bristows

Highly commended: Shoosmiths, Fieldfisher, K&L Gates, Howard Kennedy, Trowers & Hamlins, Bird & Bird, Taylor Wessing

Best Law Firm for International Secondments 2017: White & Case

Highly commended:Watson Farley & Williams, Linklaters, Herbert Smith Freehills
Dechert, Shearman & Sterling, CMS Cameron McKenna, Norton Rose Fulbright

Best Law Firm for Perks 2017: Clifford Chance

Highly commended: Freshfields, Kirkland & Ellis, Herbert Smith Freehills, Shearman & Sterling, Linklaters, Taylor Wessing, Allen & Overy

Most Impressive Law Firm Office 2017: Kirkland & Ellis

Highly commended: Reed Smith, CMS Cameron McKenna, Norton Rose Fulbright, Mishcon de Reya, Burges Salmon, K&L Gates, Howard Kennedy, Clifford Chance

Best Law Firm Canteen 2017: Linklaters

Highly commended: Watson Farley & Williams, Gowling WLG, Reed Smith, Burges Salmon, Allen & Overy, Taylor Wessing, Mishcon de Reya

Best Law Firm for Social Life 2017: Baker McKenzie

Highly commended: Bird & Bird, Jones Day, Travers Smith, Shearman & Sterling, Taylor Wessing, Burges Salmon, Squire Patton Boggs


Best Use of Social Media 2017: Coleen Mensa’s Legal Diaries

Judged by Colm Nugent (Hardwicke), Afua Hirsh (Sky News), Rachel Tandy (Henderson Chambers)

Highly commended: Life in a Law Firm, Emoticon Case Law, Hogan Lovells’ collaboration with Aspiring Solicitors, The Cambridge Bubble, Client stories by Fletchers, Joshua Rozenberg’s Facebook page, Tunde Okewale and Urban Lawyers, ULaw’s Pupillage Interviews Uncovered, Katherine Baker’s YouTube channel

Best Commercial Awareness Blog 2017: RPC’s Trainees Take on Business Blog

Judged by Catherine Calder (Serjeants Inn), Emily Albou (2 Temple Gardens), Lisa Pavlovsky (Devereux Chambers)

Highly commended: Freshfields’ Digital Blog, Clyde & Co’s Insurance Hub, Cleary Gottlieb’s M&A and Corporate Governance Watch Blog, Pinsent Masons’ Outlaw Blog, Ashurst’s Finance Hub, The BPP Law and Business Blogs, LexisNexis’ Future of Law Blog, Bond Dickinson’s Fintech Hub, Fieldfisher’s SnIPpets IP blog

Best Legal Cheek Journal Contribution 2017: Alex Shattock, Cambridge University

Judged by Liz Dux (Littleton Chambers), Robin Sellers (City, University of London), Philip Kolvin QC (Cornerstone Barristers)

Highly commended: Tom English, Swansea University, Ali Farooq, Leeds Beckett University, John-Mark Tawadrous, Southampton Solent University, Alex Bedford, University of Law, Kristyna Muhlfeitova, LSE, Peter Baker, Aberystwyth University, Michael Walker, Cambridge University, Dalia Damanhouri, SOAS, Joel Wish, Exeter University

Watch the highlights from the Legal Cheek Awards 2017



“Most Impressive Exploitation Model”?

“Best Law Firm for Depression and Cluster Headaches”?

That Judge Rinder special message in full

“I am Judge Rinder and I endorse this product or event”.


Work/Life Balance – Highly Commended – K&L Gates (???!!!) with their 2100 hours target and no pay rise?

Peter Herbert OBE

Where is there any ethnic minority firms in this list? Don’t spout about diversity on this site and then spout racist bile

Wide-eyed innocent

I didn’t know there were specific ethnic minority firms.

How do we identify them?

Do they have a big sign on their doors saying “no whites allowed”?


And the “the Best LC Keyboard Warrior 2016/2017” goes to Trumpenkrieg.


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Top Ego of the Year – Not Amused

Most Stunning Picture – Charlotte Proudtwat

ex-JD and proud

I think Jones Day should have won the Best Law Firm for Social Life, as that’s what JD in London is actually known for. Great firm and fun to work at.


It’s the apparent fist pump in every picture that makes this one of the best things Legal Cheek has ever done.

Number three behind Lord Harley and Lady Harley.


All respect to LegalCheek, but I’m surprised these firms let their trainees go to this to collect their bucket of cornershop flowers.


They’re not from the corner shop or the petrol station, thank you very much.

They’re from the recycling bin up the crem.


its not a party without the Harley. Greatest ever legal story and the Lord Harley, Mozart of the courtroom is not even acknowledged….


Also all due respect to Bakers, but when you look at their social life award attendees, don’t you think “organised fun” run by your mum in primary school with Ribena and Monster Munch?

Him wot knows stuff

Now we know which firms have contributed the most to the LC coffers


Not Osborne Clarke or Linklaters as they only received hand in pocket and no fist bump.


Hey Legal Cheek

Is the video (the one featuring Judge Rinder & Co.) available online anyway for those who couldn’t make the awards night?


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