The national awards celebration for Scottish law will mark its 15th year with a return to Glasgow for the first time in over ten years.

The Scott & Co Scottish Legal Awards returns to the West on Thursday 15th March 2018 and as part of a number of seasonal changes has launched a refreshed list of categories and welcomed two new members to the judging panel.

Joining the strong line up of legal experts is Gordon Jackson QC, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates and Neil Taylor, the Director for the Office of Advocate General for Scotland.  Under the continued chairmanship of Shonaig Macpherson, the awards promise to offer a rigorous and independent judging process which reflects the quality of legal work in the profession. 

The awards are sponsored by Scott + Co and William Cameron, the National Enforcement Director in Scotland will also join the judging panel for the first time.   He commented;

“I know from speaking to many individuals and firms over the years that winning a Scott + Co Scottish Legal Award is a career highlight. The ability to promote key achievements in front of a national audience can attract new business, boost staff morale and reward the unsung heroes of the profession.  I am delighted to join the panel as a judge this year and under the leadership of our independent chair, looking forward to debating the many entries.”

The event earlier this year held in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms welcomed a record high number of entries with 45 firms from across Scotland entering the programme.  In keeping with a commitment to create new awards, three new categories have also been announced.

A new category for “Government Legal Team of the Year” will allow councils, local government, agencies public bodies apply in a wide ranging category for the first time.  Meanwhile for the private sector, firms are encouraged to enter the new Corporate Deal Team of the Year for corporate financiers delivering all aspects of transactional work and the Criminal Law Firm of the Year award will reward a hard working specialist firm dealing in defence work.

Firms have until Friday 24 November to submit their entries and the judging panel will meet in December to decide on entries while also make decisions on the Lifetime Achievement Award and also Managing Partner of the Year.