Who won what: revealed
The legal profession has celebrated the top trainee-rated law firms and chambers in an extravaganza at London’s iconic Cheesegrater building.
This year’s Legal Cheek Awards ceremony, sponsored by BARBRI, took place on Wednesday evening in Landing Forty Two of the tapering City of London tower officially known as the Leadenhall Building. Floor-to-ceiling glass panel windows offered amazing panoramic views across London’s night skyline.
The ceremony, hosted by Legal Cheek founder Alex Aldridge, was attended by nearly 300 people from the UK’s leading corporate law firms and barristers’ chambers. There were also a host of representatives from universities and legal education providers, including BARBRI President Mike Sims who had flown over from the US to attend. The awards were presented by Legal Cheek campus ambassadors and a handful of sponsors.
A magician circulated the crowd, enthralling the night’s attendees, while upbeat tunes blasted by the DJ created a raucous atmosphere. The drinks were in free-flow, and after devouring the succulent canapés in plentiful supply, it was time to hit the dance floor and celebrate this year’s achievements.
Most importantly, though, were the Awards. Who won what? We have all the results below…
Best Law Firm for Training 2018: Osborne Clarke
Best Law Firm for Quality of Work 2018: Kirkland & Ellis
Best Law Firm for Peer Support 2018: Travers Smith
Best Law Firm for Partner Approachability 2018: RPC
Sponsored by Carter Corson, business psychologists supporting high-profile organisations, particularly professional services firms.
Best Law Firm for Work/Life Balance 2018: Forsters
Sponsored by LawCare, the charity that supports and promotes mental health and wellbeing in the legal community throughout the UK and Ireland.
Best Law Firm for Tech 2018: Pinsent Masons
Sponsored by STEM Future Lawyers, the legal careers network for science, technology, engineering and maths students.
Best Law Firms for Perks 2018: Linklaters
Most Impressive Law Firm Office 2018: Reed Smith
Best Law Firm Canteen 2018: Burges Salmon
Best Law Firm for Social Life 2018: Taylor Wessing
Best Law Firm for International Secondments 2018: Watson Farley & Williams and White & Case
Sponsored by HBW Consulting, a boutique agency that works as a specialist extension to your graduate recruitment team, helping law firms with media strategy, spend and analysis.
Best Law Firm for Client Secondments 2018: Bristows, Squire Patton Boggs and Mayer Brown
Most Admired Law Firm 2018: Mishcon de Reya
The Trainee and Junior Lawyer Firm of the Year 2018: Osborne Clarke
Presented by BARBRI, the interntional legal qualifications specialist.
Best Chambers for Training 2018: 5 Essex Court
Sponsored by ICLR, publishers of the official law reports.
Best Use of Social Media 2018: Herbert Smith Freehills
Sponsored by Stock + Bokeh, narrative filmmakers.
Highly commended: Allen & Overy’s Snapchat, Berwin Leighton Paisner’s Vimeo interviews with students who have done their work experience schemes, Clifford Chance’s ‘Are You Ready’ YouTube video, CMS Academy video series, Dechert partner Miriam Gonzalez’s Instagram, Henderson Pupillages multi-media microsite, Linklaters’ Silks canteen Instagram, Shearman & Sterling’s Facebook Livestreams, The UK Supreme Court’s Instagram
Best Legal Cheek Journal Contribution 2018: Michael Walker, Cambridge University
Highly commended: Fraser Collingham, Nottingham University, Gareth Wood, The University of Law, Jack Turner, Manchester University, James Brown, Keele University, Julia Babiarz, Manchester University, Laura Bliss, Edge Hill University, Matthew Breen, Dundee University, Omotayo Akorede, Bangor University, Zoe Bowler, Brighton University
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