2017 The African Legal Awards
 
The African Legal Awards 2017 - Entry criteria

PLEASE NOTE: The African Legal Awards 2017 provide a unique opportunity for lawyers to gather together to network and celebrate the profession's achievements. In order to foster this sense of occasion, it is not possible to give finalists forewarning of whether or not they have won. The Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA) and Legal Week respectfully request those firms and legal departments who only intend to be present if they know they have won to refrain from entering.

Geography
These awards encompass Sub-Saharan Africa. North African countries are covered by The Middle East Legal Awards: click here for more details.

Eligibility
Anyone can submit an entry, as long as they or the firm/company/individual they are entering meet the criteria for the relevant category. For team awards the entries are required to focus on work on a single deal or case. Law firms that operate in Sub-Saharan Africa without a presence on the ground are permitted to submit joint entries for the team awards with the relevant local African law firm or firms. The period covered by these awards is from 1 August 2016. While initiatives, deals or cases may have commenced before that time, the focus of the entry must be within the stated period. It will sometimes be acceptable to enter incomplete deals or cases, however there must have been significant developments during the period under review.

Submission process
Entries must be submitted using the awards’ online portal. The online forms for each category are divided into sections with strict word limits and instructions outlining the information that is required. While we encourage you to use the online forms, you may upload your entry as an attachment. However, if you do upload your entry, be sure to follow the same instructions as the online form and meet the required word limit for each section; please also include the word count for each section on your document. Entries that exceed the word counts will be disqualified.

Advice on how to put together a submission
Your entry should seek to ‘tell the story' of your achievements while also demonstrating how you have excelled against all the criteria. The weakest part of many entries last year was the failure to include clear evidence of achievement or explanation of why the achievement was significant or innovative. The judges will be harsh on entries that do not include clear statements of objectives and targets supported by evidence that these targets were reached. For example, if business growth is the target, achievement of it should be demonstrated in measurable terms.

All the information contained in the entries that is marked confidential will remain so, and will not be released without the permission of the entrant.

Supporting material
There is a strict limit of one piece of supporting material per entry. It is not obligatory to include supporting material: indeed it could count against you if the material is not pertinent to the entry. If you do include such material (which must be in digital form) please refer to it in your main submission.

Entry criteria

Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA) Achievement Award

The winner of this award is chosen by CCASA.

International Law Firm of the Year

Eligibility
Open to international law firms that have at least one office in Sub-Saharan Africa that carries the branding of that firm.

Entry criteria

Entries must convince the judges that they are not only leaders in their chosen markets, but that they have made significant progress over the past 12-18 months.

The judges will expect to see evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Strategic vision
- Business winning
- Client care (including measures relating to efficiency & cost effectiveness of service delivery)
- Employee development
- Sustainable improvements in financial performance
- A commitment to CSR

The submission should highlight deals, cases, client wins and initiatives that best exemplify the firm's performance. Objective data and research that support the entry will be looked on favourably by the judges.

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Firm profile - provide a brief overview of your firm’s Africa practice, including its size, history, number of offices and key practice areas. 150 words.

2) Strategy and milestones - outline your firm’s strategy for Africa: include goals and key milestones. With reference to your strategy, please provide evidence that it is succeeding, including financial data, flagship deals, client wins and other relevant developments eg. partner hires, investment in new technology, client feedback programmes etc. 500 words

3) Employee development and CSR - how is your firm excelling in the fields of employee development and CSR? 150 words

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African Law Firm of the Year – Large Practice

Eligibility
Open to law firms that are headquartered in in Sub-Saharan Africa and have more than 10 partners.

Entry criteria
Entries must convince the judges that they are not only leaders in their chosen markets, but that they have made significant progress over the past 12-18 months.

The judges will expect to see evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Strategic vision
- Business winning
- Client care (including measures relating to efficiency and cost effectiveness of service delivery)
- Employee development
- Sustainable improvements in financial performance
- A commitment to CSR

The submission should highlight deals, cases, client wins and initiatives that best exemplify the firm's performance. Objective data and research that support the entry will be looked on favourably by the judges.

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word limits; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Firm profile - provide a brief overview of your firm, including its size, history, number of offices and key practice areas. 150 words.

2) Strategy and milestones - outline your firm’s strategy: include goals and key milestones. With reference to this strategy, please provide evidence that it is succeeding, including financial data, flagship deals, client wins and other relevant developments eg. partner hires, investment in new technology, client feedback programmes etc. 500 words

3) Employee development and CSR - how is your firm excelling in the fields of employee development and CSR? 150 words

African Law Firm of the Year – Small Practice

Eligibility
Open to law firms that are headquartered in Sub-Saharan Africa and have ten partners or less.

Entry criteria

Entries must convince the judges that they are not only leaders in their chosen markets, but that they have made significant progress over the past 12-18 months.

The judges will expect to see evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Strategic vision
- Business winning
- Client care (including measures relating to efficiency & cost effectiveness of service delivery)
- Employee development
- Sustainable improvements in financial performance
- A commitment to CSR

The submission should highlight deals, cases, client wins and initiatives that best exemplify the firm's performance. Objective data and research that support the entry will be looked on favourably by the judges.

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Firm profile - provide a brief overview of your firm, including its size, history, number of offices and key practice areas 150 words

2) Strategy and milestones - outline your firm’s strategy: include goals and key milestones. With reference to this strategy, please provide evidence that it is succeeding, including financial data, flagship deals, client wins and other relevant developments eg. partner hires, investment in new technology, client feedback programmes etc - 500 words

3) Employee development and CSR - how is your firm excelling in the fields of employee development and CSR? 150 words

Specialist Law Firm of the Year

Eligibility
Open to law firms that are headquartered in Sub-Saharan Africa or have an office in Sub-Saharan Africa and that specialise in a particular practice area or sector. Examples include, IP, employment or off-shore law.

Entry criteria
Entries must convince the judges that they are not only leaders in their chosen markets, but that they have made significant progress over the past 12-18 months.

The judges will expect to see evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Strategic vision
- Business winning
- Client care (including measures relating to efficiency & cost effectiveness of service delivery)
- Employee development
- Sustainable improvements in financial performance
- A commitment to CSR

The submission should highlight deals, cases, client wins and initiatives that best exemplify the firm's performance. Objective data and research that support entry will be looked on favourably by the judges.

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Firm profile - provide a brief overview of your firm, including its size, history, number of offices and key practice areas. 150 words

2) Strategy and milestones - outline your firm’s strategy: include goals and key milestones. With reference to this strategy, please provide evidence that it is succeeding, including financial data, flagship deals, client wins and other relevant developments eg. partner hires, investment in new technology, client feedback programmes etc - 500 words

3) Employee development and CSR - how is your firm excelling in the fields of employee development and CSR? 150 words

African Network/Alliance of the Year

Eligibility
Open to law firm networks. For the purposes of these awards, networks/alliances are defined as being comprised of a number independently run law firms. They can be exclusive to Africa, or the African arm of a global network. If the latter, the entry must focus on the activities of the network/alliance in Africa.

Entry criteria
Entries must convince the judges that they are not only leaders in their chosen markets, but that they have made significant progress over the past 12-18 months.

The judges will expect to see evidence of:
- legal expertise and innovation
- Strategic vision
- Business winning
- Client care (including measures relating to efficiency & cost effectiveness of service delivery across the network/alliance)
- Employee development
- A commitment to CSR

The submission should highlight deals, cases, client wins and initiatives that best exemplify the effectiveness of the alliance/network. Objective data and research that support entry will be looked on favourably by the judges.

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Network profile - provide a brief overview of your network/alliance (if you network/alliance is global, please focus its activities in Africa) 150 words.

2) Strategy and milestones - outline your network/alliance’s strategy: include goals and key milestones. With reference to this strategy, please provide evidence that it is succeeding, including flagship deals, client wins and other relevant developments eg. investment in new technology, client feedback programmes etc - 500 words

3) Employee development and CSR - how is your network/alliance excelling in the fields of employee development and CSR? – 150 words

General Counsel of the Year

Eligibility
Open to general counsel or heads of legal who are based in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Entry criteria
The judges will expect to see evidence of:
- Leadership
- Strategic vision
- Troubleshooting and legal skills
- A commitment to employee development
- Client satisfaction
- Contribution to the success of the business
- Contribution to the wider community

The submission should highlight concrete - and preferably measurable - ways in which the GC has contributed to the success of his or her company across the full spectrum of in-house responsibility (i.e. financial/customer/operational/people), rather than simply evidence of acting on one or more high-profile transactions.

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Name, title and company

2) Role - describe your role, including your areas of responsibility, reporting line and the size of your legal team. 200 words

3) Achievements - how have you excelled in your role across the full spectrum of in-house responsibilities? You should provide evidence of your leadership skills, contribution to community and/or business life, strategic vision, troubleshooting and legal skills plus a commitment to employee development. Be sure to give concrete examples of how you have helped your company achieve its strategic objectives. 500 words

4) Feedback - provide one written reference from an executive from within your company. 100 words

Legal Department of the Year - Large Team

Eligibility
Open to in-house legal departments (of six or more lawyers) based in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Entry criteria
The judges will expect to see evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Strategic vision
- Teamwork
- Client satisfaction
- Employee development
- Contribution to the success of the business
- Efficiency

The submission should highlight work and initiatives that best exemplify the team's performance across the full spectrum of in-house responsibility (i.e. financial/customer/operational/people), rather than simply evidence of acting on one or more high-profile transactions.

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Department profile - briefly describe your company and outline the areas of responsibility of the legal department (include business units and regions) 100 words

2) Department structure - how many lawyers does the department employ and how is the team structured? 100 words

3) Achievements - How has your department excelled across the full spectrum of in-house responsibilities? You should provide evidence of: legal expertise and innovation; strategic vision; teamwork; client satisfaction; employee development; contribution to the success of the business; and efficiency. Be sure to give concrete examples of how you have helped your company achieve its strategic objectives 500 words

4) Feedback - provide one written reference from an executive from within your company 100 words

Legal Department of the Year - Small Team

Eligibility
Open to in-house legal teams (of less than six lawyers) based in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Entry criteria
The judges will expect to see evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Strategic vision
- Teamwork
- Client satisfaction
- Employee development
- Contribution to success of the business
- Efficiency

The submission should highlight work and initiatives that best exemplify the team's performance across the full spectrum of in-house responsibility (i.e. financial/customer/operational/people), rather than simply evidence of acting on one or more high-profile transactions.

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Department profile - briefly describe your company and outline the areas of responsibility of the legal department (include business units and regions) - 100 words

2) Department structure - how many lawyers does the department employ and how is the team structured? 100 words

3) Achievements - how has your department excelled across the full spectrum of in-house responsibilities? You should provide evidence of: legal expertise and innovation; strategic vision; teamwork; client satisfaction; employee development; contribution to the success of the business; and efficiency. Be sure to give concrete examples of how you have helped your company achieve its strategic objectives. 500 words

4) Feedback - provide one written reference from an executive from within your company. 100 words

Senior Corporate Counsel of the Year

Eligibility
Open to in-house lawyers who are based in Sub-Saharan Africa who do not hold the position of general counsel or head of legal and have more than five years of post-qualification experience.

Entry criteria
The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Leadership
- Strategic vision
- Troubleshooting and legal skills
- Client satisfaction
- Contribution to the success of the business
- Contribution to the wider community

The submission should highlight concrete - and preferably measurable - ways in which the entrant has contributed to the success of his or her company.

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Name, title and company

2) Role - describe your role, number of years of post-qualification experience and areas of responsibility. 100 words

3) Achievements - how have you excelled in your role? You should provide evidence of your leadership ability, strategic vision, troubleshooting and legal skills, client satisfaction and contribution to the success of the business and the wider community. 600 words

4) Feedback - provide one written reference from an executive from within your company. 100 words

Junior Corporate Counsel of the Year

Eligibility
Open to in-house lawyers who are based in Sub-Saharan Africa who do not hold the position of general counsel or head of legal and have less than five years of post-qualification experience.

Entry criteria
Judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Leadership potential
- Legal skills
- Initiative
- Client relationship skills
- Contribution to the wider community

The submission should highlight concrete - and preferably measurable - ways in which the entrant has contributed to the success of his or her company.

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Name, title and company

2) Role - describe your role, number of years of post-qualification experience and areas of responsibility. 100 words

3) Achievements - how have you excelled in your role? You should provide evidence of your leadership potential, legal skills, initiative, client relationship skills and contribution to the wider community. 600 words

4) Feedback - provide one written reference from an executive from within your company. 100 words

Attorney of the Year

Eligibility
Open to attorneys working in private practice who are based in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Entry criteria
The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Leadership potential
- Legal skills
- Initiative
- Client relationship skills
- Contribution to the wider community

The submission should highlight concrete - and preferably measurable - ways in which the entrant has contributed to the success of his or her firm.

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Name, title and firm

2) Role - describe your role, number of years of post-qualification experience and areas of responsibility. 100 words

3) Achievements - how have you excelled in your role? You should provide evidence of your leadership potential, legal skills, initiative, client relationship skills and contribution to the wider community. 600 words

4) Feedback -provide one written reference from someone within your firm. 100 words

Advocate of the Year

Eligibility
Open to court advocates based in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Technical legal knowledge
- Advocacy skills
- Team working
- Client relationship skills

The submission should highlight cases which exemplify the entrant’s skills and effectiveness as an advocate.

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Name, title, career history. 100 words

2) Role - how have you excelled in your role? You should provide evidence of your technical legal knowledge, advocacy skills, team working and client relationship skills. 600 words

3) Feedbackprovide one written reference from a colleague or client. 100 words

Innovation Award

Eligibility
Open to African law firms, international law firms with at least one office in Sub-Saharan Africa, in-house teams or legal departments that are based in Sub-Saharan Africa and networks/alliance that operate in Africa. There is a limit of one entry per law firm, company or network.

Entry criteria
This award seeks to identify a project or initiative that genuinely breaks new ground in the delivery of legal services. The entry should describe the project, explain why it is innovative and provide hard evidence that its goals have been achieved, or are being achieved.

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Name of organisation

2) Projects/Initiative - define the project or initiative’s scope: include timelines, goals and team members. It is acceptable for the entry to focus on a particular stage of a long-term project. 250 words

3) Implementation - how successful was the implementation of this project or initiative? Was it within budget and delivered in time? What have been its benefits? Please provide hard evidence that goals have – or are being – achieved. 450 words

4) Feedback - please provide an appropriate written reference that illustrates the success of this project. 100 words

CSR, Diversity, Transformation and Economic Empowerment Award

Eligibility
Open to African law firms, international law firms with at least one office in Sub-Saharan Africa, in-house teams or legal departments that are based in Sub-Saharan Africa and networks/alliance that operate in Africa. There is a limit of one entry per law firm, company or network.

Entry criteria
The judges will be looking for an ambitious project or initiative that has effectively delivered its objectives. This could be an international, national or local project. The entry should describe the project, explain its significance, set out its goals and provide hard evidence that these goals have been achieved, or are being achieved.

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Name of organisation

2) Project/Initiative - define the project or initiative’s scope: include timelines, goals and team members. It is acceptable for the entry to focus on a particular stage of a long-term project. 250 words

3) Implementation - how successful was the implementation of this project or initiative? Was it within budget and delivered in time? What have been its benefits? Please provide hard evidence that goals have – or are being – achieved.  450 words

4) Feedback - please provide an appropriate written reference that illustrates the success of this project. 100 words

M&A Team of the Year

Eligibility
Open to law firm teams, at least some of whose members are based in Sub-Saharan Africa. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry Criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single M&A deal with a significant African element to it that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services and demonstrates the firm’s market-leading position. They should summarise the deal’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Project management skills
- Team working
- Client satisfaction and value for money

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Deal outline - describe the deal and why it was important. 150 words

2) Team's role - what was your team’s role on the deal, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working. 400 words

3) Outcomes - provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make? 250 words

Banking, Finance and Restructuring Team of the Year

Eligibility
Open to law firm teams, at least some of whose members are based in Sub-Saharan Africa. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single banking, finance or restructuring deal or case with a significant African element to it that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services and demonstrates the firm's market-leading position. They should summarise the deal or case’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

.The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Project management skills
- Teamwork
- Client satisfaction and value for money

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Deal outline - describe the deal or case and why it was important. 150 words

2) Team's role - what was your team’s role on the deal or case, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working. 400 words

3) Outcomes - provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make? 250 words

Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year

Eligibility
Open to law firm teams, at least some of whose members are based in Sub-Saharan Africa. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single competition or regulatory case with a significant African element to it that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services and demonstrates the firm's market-leading position. They should summarise the case’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Project management skills
- Team working
- Client satisfaction and value for money

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Deal outline - describe the deal or case and why it was important.150 words

2) Team's role - what was your team’s role on the deal or case, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working. 400 words

3) Outcomes - provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make? 250 words

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

Eligibility
Open to law firm teams, at least some of whose members are based in Sub-Saharan Africa. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single litigation or dispute resolution case with a significant African element to it that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services and demonstrates the firm's market-leading position. They should summarise the case’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Project management skills
- Teamwork
- Client satisfaction and value for money

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Deal outline - describe the case and why it was important. 150 words

2) Team's role - what was your team’s role on the deal or case, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working. 400 words

3) Outcomes - provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make? 250 words

Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year

Eligibility
Open to law firm teams, at least some of whose members are based in Sub-Saharan Africa. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single environmental, energy or natural resources deal with a significant African element to it that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services and demonstrates the firm's market-leading position. They should summarise the deal’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Project management skills
- Teamwork
- Client satisfaction and value for money

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Deal outline - describe the deal and why it was important. 150 words

2) Team's role - what was your team’s role on the deal, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working. 400 words

3) Outcomes - provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make? 250 words

TMT Team of the Year

Eligibility
Open to law firm teams, at least some of whose members are based in Sub-Saharan Africa Teams may be based in one firm; or working across several firms. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single technology, media & telecommunications (TMT) case or deal with a significant African element to it that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services and demonstrates the firm's market-leading position. They should summarise the deal or case’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Project management skills
- Teamwork
- Client satisfaction

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Deal outline - describe the deal or case and why it was important. 150 words

2) Team's role - what was your team’s role on the deal or case, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working. 400 words

3) Outcomes - provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make? 250 words

Employment Law Team of the Year

Eligibility
Open to law firm teams, at least some of whose members are based in in Sub-Saharan Africa. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single employment case with a significant African element to it that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services and demonstrates the firm's market-leading position. They should summarise the case’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Project management skills
- Teamwork
- Client satisfaction

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Deal outline - describe the deal or case and why it was important. 150 words

2) Team's role - what was your team’s role on the deal or case, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working. 400 words

3) Outcomes - provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make? 250 words

IP Team of the Year

Eligibility
Open to law firm teams, at least some of whose members are based in Sub-Saharan Africa. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single IP case or deal with a significant African element to it that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services and demonstrates the firm's market-leading position. They should summarise the case or deal’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Project management skills
- Teamwork
- Client satisfaction and value for money

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Deal outline - describe the deal or case and why it was important 150 words

2) Team's role - what was your team’s role on the deal or case, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working - 400 words
 
3) Outcomes - provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make? 250 words

Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year

Eligibility
Open to law firm teams, at least some of whose members are based in Sub-Saharan Africa. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single transportation or infrastructure deal with a significant African element to it that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services and demonstrates the firm's market-leading position. They should summarise the deal’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Project management skills
- Teamwork
- Client satisfaction and value for money

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Deal outline - describe the deal and why it was important. 150 words

2) Team's role - what was your team’s role on the deal, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working 400 words

3) Outcomes - provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make? 250 words

Property and Construction Team of the Year

Eligibility
Open to law firm teams, at least some of whose members are based in Sub-Saharan Africa. Teams may be based in one firm; or working across several firms. Law firms are restricted to one entry.

Entry criteria
Entries for this award should focus on a single property or construction deal or case with a significant African element to it that sets new standards in the delivery of legal services and demonstrates the firm's market-leading position. They should summarise the deal or case’s key features, explain its significance and outline the team’s role.

The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Legal expertise and innovation
- Project management skills
- Teamwork
- Client satisfaction

The online entry form contains the following sections and word limits. If submitting your entry as a document, you must use the same headings and comply with the word counts; please also record the word count for each section on your document.

1) Deal outline - describe the deal or case and why it was important. 150 words

2) Team's role - what was your team’s role on the deal or case, include details of team members and lead lawyer and explain why your team excelled against the following criteria: legal expertise and innovation, project management skills and team working. 400 words

3) Outcomes - provide evidence of client satisfaction and the ‘value’ your team brought to the table. What difference did the team make? 250 words


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ENTRY DEADLINE: FRIDAY 14 JULY 2017