The Legal Cheek Awards 2020

The Legal Cheek Awards 2020, sponsored by BARBRI, takes place on the evening of Thursday 26 March 2020. This is an invite-only virtual event.

SHORTLISTS

Shortlists are derived from the annual Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 2,000 trainees and junior lawyers.

Best law firm for training 2020

Presented by a Legal Cheek Campus Ambassador, supported by BARBRI

Baker McKenzie
Burges Salmon
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hogan Lovells
Irwin Mitchell
Linklaters
Macfarlanes
Mayer Brown
Mills & Reeve
Osborne Clarke
Squire Patton Boggs
Taylor Wessing
Travers Smith
Womble Bond Dickinson

Best law firm for quality of work 2020

Presented by a Legal Cheek Campus Ambassador, supported by BARBRI

Forsters
Hill Dickinson
Hogan Lovells
Irwin Mitchell
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Macfarlanes
Milbank
Mills & Reeve
Osborne Clarke
Ropes & Gray
Shearman & Sterling
Taylor Wessing
Weil Gotshal & Manges
Wiggin

Best law firm for peer support 2020

Presented by a Legal Cheek Campus Ambassador, supported by BARBRI

Bristows
CMS
Dentons
Eversheds Sutherland
Gowling WLG
Hogan Lovells
Mills & Reeve
Norton Rose Fulbright
RPC
Reed Smith
Shoosmiths
Taylor Wessing
Travers Smith
Wiggin
Womble Bond Dickinson

Best law firm for partner approachability 2020

Presented by a Legal Cheek Campus Ambassador, supported by BARBRI

Addleshaw Goddard
Bristows
Burges Salmon
Clyde & Co
Fletchers
Hill Dickinson
Hogan Lovells
Howard Kennedy
Osborne Clarke
Pinsent Masons
RPC
Shoosmiths
Squire Patton Boggs
Travers Smith
Trowers & Hamlins
Womble Bond Dickinson

Best law firm for work/life balance 2020

Presented by LawCare

Ashfords
Blake Morgan
Bristows
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
DWF Group Plc
Farrer & Co
Forsters
Gateley
Hill Dickinson
Irwin Mitchell
Mills & Reeve

Best law firm for tech 2020

Presented by STEM Future Lawyers

Addleshaw Goddard
Allen & Overy
Bird & Bird
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
CMS
Clifford Chance
DWF Group Plc
Gowling WLG
Orrick
Osborne Clarke
Pinsent Masons
Taylor Wessing
Womble Bond Dickinson

Best law firm for perks 2020

Presented by a Legal Cheek Campus Ambassador, supported by BARBRI

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Dechert
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hogan Lovells
Kirkland & Ellis
Linklaters
Shearman & Sterling
Skadden
Weil Gotshal & Manges
White & Case

Best law firm office 2020

Presented by a Legal Cheek Campus Ambassador, supported by BARBRI

Ashurst
Burges Salmon
Clifford Chance
Gowling WLG
Kirkland & Ellis
Norton Rose Fulbright
Reed Smith
Ropes & Gray
Taylor Wessing
Vinson & Elkins
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Best law firm canteen 2020

Presented by a Legal Cheek Campus Ambassador, supported by BARBRI

Addleshaw Goddard
Ashurst
Bird & Bird
Burges Salmon
Clyde & Co
Hogan Lovells
Kirkland & Ellis
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Taylor Wessing

Best law firm for social life 2020

Presented by a Legal Cheek Campus Ambassador, supported by BARBRI

Baker McKenzie
Bird & Bird
Bristows
Burges Salmon
Eversheds Sutherland
Fieldfisher
Fletchers
Herbert Smith Freehills
Pinsent Masons
Travers Smith
Wiggin
Womble Bond Dickinson

Best law firm for international secondments 2020

Presented by HBW Consulting

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Dechert
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
HFW
Shearman & Sterling
Sidley Austin
Sullivan & Cromwell
Watson Farley & Williams
White & Case

Best law firm for client secondments 2020

Presented by a Legal Cheek Campus Ambassador, supported by BARBRI

Bristows
Allen & Overy
Squire Patton Boggs
DAC Beachcroft
Mayer Brown
CMS
Shoosmiths
Bird & Bird
RPC
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Weightmans

Most admired law firm 2020

Presented by a Legal Cheek Campus Ambassador, supported by BARBRI

Allen & Overy
Bird & Bird
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Osborne Clarke
Pinsent Masons
Slaughter and May

Best chambers for training 2020

Presented by Bar Squared

2 Temple Gardens
4 New Square
4 Pump Court
5 Essex Court
Devereux Chambers
Hardwicke
Kings Chambers
Landmark Chambers
Monckton Chambers
Wilberforce Chambers

Best chambers for quality of work 2020

Presented by Bar Squared

4 Pump Court
5 Essex Court
Blackstone Chambers
Brick Court Chambers
Hailsham Chambers
Hardwicke
Henderson Chambers
Littleton Chambers
Radcliffe Chambers
Serjeants’ Inn Chambers
Serle Court
Wilberforce Chambers

Best chambers for colleague supportiveness 2020

Presented by Bar Squared

1 Crown Office Row
11KBW
2 Temple Gardens
5 Essex Court
Cornerstone Barristers
Exchange Chambers
Hailsham Chambers
Henderson Chambers
Keating Chambers
Landmark Chambers

Best chambers for facilities 2020

Presented by Bar Squared

4 New Square
Cornerstone Barristers
Exchange Chambers
Hardwicke
Littleton Chambers
Matrix Chambers
Radcliffe Chambers
Serjeants’ Inn Chambers
Serle Court
Wilberforce Chambers

Best chambers for work/life balance 2020

Presented by Bar Squared

5 Essex Court
Atkin Chambers
Cornerstone Barristers
Exchange Chambers
Francis Taylor Building
Hailsham Chambers
Littleton Chambers
Matrix Chambers
Radcliffe Chambers

Best use of social media 2020

Presented by a Legal Cheek Campus Ambassador, supported by BARBRI

YouTuber, LSE student and future White & Case trainee solicitor Ali Obeid (The FleekTalks)
Wilberforce and Landmark barrister daughter and dad duo in Carpool Caselaw
Vlogger and Irwin Mitchell personal injury associate Chrissie Wolfe (Law and Broader)
Cambridge University law student and YouTuber Elena Handtrack
Mental health and wellbeing advocate, yogi, Pilates instructor, dancer and Instagram influencer Eloise Skinner
YouTuber and Linklaters trainee solicitor Eve Cornwell
LinkedIn influencer and future Baker McKenzie trainee solicitor Gordon Chung
Cambridge University grad turned law student vlogger and diversity advocate Ibz Mo
The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s SQE-focused video series
Shoosmiths’ Instagram-Live Q&A

The winner of the ‘Best Use of Social Media 2020’ award will be decided by an independent judging panel, made up of Rob Rinder, aka Judge Rinder (English criminal barrister and TV personality), Joanna Hardy (Red Lion Chambers criminal barrister) and Angelica Olawepo (LSE law student and last year’s ‘Best Use of Social Media 2019’ award winner).

Best Legal Cheek Journal contribution 2020

Presented by LPC Law

‘Warwick student rape chat scandal: Should they be prosecuted?’ by Fraser Collingham
‘Williams v Roffey Bros: The uncertainty in contract law’ by Jordan Briggs
‘Facebook’s cryptocurrency and the regulatory challenges ahead’ by Joshua Prior
‘Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence?’ by Naz Khan
‘Big Tech and competition law explained’ by Patrick Todd

The winner of this category will be decided by an independent judging panel made up of Alex Wade (writer, freelance journalist and libel lawyer with Reviewed and Cleared), Sarah Langford (3PB crime and family law barrister and author) and Len Crowder (LPC Law director).

The trainee and junior lawyer firm of the year 2020

Presented by BARBRI

Bird & Bird
Burges Salmon
Gowling WLG
Hogan Lovells
Kirkland & Ellis
Mills & Reeve
Osborne Clarke
Squire Patton Boggs
Taylor Wessing
Womble Bond Dickinson

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Schedule

From 6pm

Registration at Sea Containers House reception and lifts to The Sunset Room; Prosecco and canapés reception

From 7pm

Awards presentation by Legal Cheek student campus ambassadors and awards sponsors

From 8pm to 11pm

Further drinks, canapés and networking

Venue

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Sea Containers House, 18 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9RQ

Highlights from last year

Photos from the Legal Cheek Awards 2019, held at the top of London’s iconic Cheesegrater skyscraper.

Posted by Legal Cheek on Thursday, September 5, 2019

About the sponsors

BARBRI

BARBRI is a leader in international legal education. In today’s increasingly globalised word, demand continues to grow for those who understand the workings and complexities of more than one jurisdiction. Governments, corporations, and educational institutions around the world are increasingly fostering global legal education and many of today’s lawyers operate internationally, across legal systems, dealing with transborder transactions and multijurisdictional problems and opportunities. Many attorneys around the world are increasingly turning to BARBRI to gain the necessary credentials to make global practice a reality. As global legal educators, we at BARBRI believe in the importance of training 21st century lawyers for a global legal career. Whether you are a qualified lawyer outside of the U.S. considering sitting a U.S. state bar exam, you are considering sitting the QLTS exams to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales or are looking generally to enhance your legal skills through professional development, BARBRI has a course designed specifically for you.

LPC Law

LPC Law is a specialist firm of solicitors, focused on providing a high quality advocacy and clerking service to clients throughout England and Wales. We have a nationwide network of advocates, solicitors and solicitor-advocates with higher rights of audience allowing us to appear in all types of hearings and trials in every county court and the High Court.

Quality is extremely important to us. We were the first nationwide law firm to introduce compulsory assessments for our advocates and because of our continued dedication to recruitment and training you are guaranteed to receive the best possible representation.

Bar Squared

Developed by Bar Squared in the UK, LEX is installed at over 280 chambers worldwide - that's over 12,500 barristers and clerks licenced to access the most widely used solution in chambers. A pioneer of web browser delivery over 13 years ago, LEX it is quick and simple to deploy and easy to use on all devices.

Offering incorporated Time Recording, Costs Budgeting, integration with Xero for MTD for VAT, an unparalleled interactive Marketing & Online Form system, LEX keeps you ahead of the game. With a full suite of security features, document archive, encryption and document retention monitoring, LEX puts data security at the heart of your operation.

Scalable, feature rich, regularly updated with new functionality and supported by an experienced team of professionals, LEX really is the only choice for progressive Barristers Chambers.

LawCare

LawCare is an independent charity offering emotional support, information and training to the legal community in the UK and Ireland. We work to promote good mental health and wellbeing in legal workplaces and drive change in education, training and practice. Our support service offers a safe place to talk without judgment. We’re here to help, with helpline calls, emails and webchats answered in confidence by trained staff and volunteers who have first-hand experience of working in the law. We also have a network of peer supporters. If you need to talk call our free, independent and confidential helpline on 0800 279 6888, email support@lawcare.org.uk or visit www.lawcare.org.uk.

HBW Consulting

Created five years ago, HBW Consulting specialises in assisting law firms with graduate recruitment attraction and engagement. We help with the whole process: from initial strategy and purchasing, to analysis, campaign management, marketing and content creation. We also work with law firms on their D&I and apprenticeship strategies.

Our vision is simple: to help law firms develop high quality and cohesive strategies with a personalised support system. We offer a uniquely customised consulting experience to each and every client.

STEM Future Lawyers

STEM Future Lawyers is the UK's first network for science, technology, engineering & maths students and graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in the law. We help connect the best STEM students and graduates with the UK offices of the world's leading law firms through our panel discussions, Q&As and networking sessions.

Drawing upon relationships with over 60 elite firms and chambers, our objective is to facilitate the recruitment of students with the skills to bridge the gap between high-level legal practice and cutting-edge technological innovation.