The national awards celebration for excellence in Scottish Law will be hosted as a virtual event this year as plans are now being finalised for a broadcast quality, live digital experience which celebrates the best of the country’s legal sector.

The Scottish Legal Awards reported yet another strong year for entries in the competition and finalists had been announced in 17 categories earlier this year.

Details on the new virtual event which will be broadcast on Wednesday 4 November, will be released in the coming weeks.  Plans include a ticketed event with dedicated networking zones, live hosts, entertainment, and video messages which can be watched from the comfort of home.

Kirsten Speirs, Director of KDMedia, which operates the programme, commented;

“We’re excited to be adding digital events to our Scottish Legal Awards programme.  Working with our suppliers and advisers, we have trialled many products over recent weeks and we are feeling very inspired that we can deliver something special for our guests who regularly attend the dinner.

“Digital events are different and will offer an entirely new experience for finalists, winners and sponsors.  The results gained from networking can be much more effective and we can enhance the profile of our sponsors in a new way which can also deliver real results for businesses.   We’re very much looking forward to getting started and continuing this new dimension to the awards in the years ahead.”

The chair of the judging panel, Shonaig Macpherson CBE FRSE DUni LL.B, commented;

"Over the last 6 months firms throughout Scotland have adapted to working digitally to ensure their clients have had continued access to vital legal services and advice in this time of great change. In these circumstances it seems fitting that that we should celebrate Scotland's legal profession in a live online event."

This year’s competition attracted entries from 48 firms across Scotland and were carefully considered by a judging panel of experts earlier this year. 

The full list of finalists can be viewed here.