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FINAL DEADLINE for CDLS Legal Cardiff Awards 2020

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27th April 2020!

Do you know a lawyer who has made an outstanding contribution to our local legal community, a Junior Solicitor that deserves to be celebrated or can your firm evidence excellence in technology and innovation? 


Exclusive: The two CDLS award winners will be 'passported' into The Law Society Excellence Awards 2020!

Check the entry criteria below & send your submission for one of the Cardiff & District Law Society Annual Awards – announced online.

The winners will be presented with their award later in the autumn at our postponed Annual Dinner but will receive a logo to use throughout the next year.

The Law Society Excellence Awards Passport Scheme

As an added benefit of entering the CDLS Annual Legal Awards, we have partnered with the Law Society of England and Wales to give our winners access to the Law Society Excellence Awards passporting scheme.

This scheme allows our award winners to be considered for related Law Society Excellence Awards categories, providing the criteria of the award category corresponds to the criteria of the selected Excellence Award categories. The winning entries will then be automatically put through to the longlist for the relevant Excellence Awards category. In previous years successful winners from regional law awards have gone on to win at the Law Society’s ceremony, such as Zoe Gascoyne from Liverpool Law Society, who beat off strong competition in the Solicitor of the Year – Private Practice category. We encourage you to enter our awards for this chance of further national recognition. 

For more information about the Excellence Awards, visit

NO other award event in Wales can offer this exciting opportunity to our members and we strongly encourage you to enter. 

 The CDLS Awards 2020 & Criteria
1.Junior Solicitor of the Year

This award celebrates an exceptional standard of work as well as great dedication to the role of a junior lawyer. The judges are looking for a junior lawyer who is excelling in their role or making a significant contribution to voluntary or pro-bono schemes. 

The winner will be going beyond what is expected of a junior lawyer and bringing insight, flair, imagination and hard work to everything they do.

Initiatives could include:

  • setting up a new and profitable income stream for the firm or organisation
  • leading in a ground-breaking area of practice
  • leading on a case which has led to a change in the law
  • being considered an expert in your area of practice by fellow professionals
  • and more…

  • The judges want to see evidence of:

  • significant contribution to legal services through their work as junior lawyer
  • positive social or commercial impact through their actions
  • creativity and hard work consistently demonstrated
  • Entries can be submitted for yourself or for your colleagues.

  • *Open to LPC students, LPC graduates (for example those working as a paralegal), registered solicitor apprentices, trainee solicitors and solicitors with up to five years and 364 days post qualification experience as of 1 February 2020 (the month nominations open - practicing within the Cardiff and District Law Society area). LPC students and LPC graduates who are shortlisted may be asked to provide confirmation of their LPC attainment.


2. Excellence in Technology & Innovation

Law firms and in-house teams use information technology to cut costs, improve services, enhance the working environment, and improve access to justice for vulnerable groups.

The judges are looking for legal innovations that can demonstrate convincingly that they have benefited staff, improved efficiency or helped clients.

Initiatives could include:

  • introduction of IT to support flexible working that is improving diversity and inclusion
  • a new website or technological innovation, designed with input from staff and clients, to improve client onboarding, and/or attracting more traffic and more work
  • a major IT transformation project completed ahead of schedule and within budget
  • innovations to improve access to legal advice and services for those who have traditionally found engagement with the law challenging

The judges want to see evidence of:

  • innovative linking of technology and law
  • effective changes to law firm operations, with particular attention to staff training and ongoing development
  • improvement in services to client or for previously under-represented users of legal services

Applications are open to firms with operational bases / Head Quarters in the Cardiff & District area.


3. Simon Mumford Memorial Award 2020

The Simon Mumford Memorial Award is made annually to a lawyer who works
or resides (or has done) within the Law Society’s South Wales Constituency
area in recognition of his or her contribution to the Law and the legal profession. We encourage you to nominate persons for contributions at all levels and of any nature, to reflect the variety of ways in which Simon applied his endeavours to support and promote the law, the legal profession and those who serve it.


Nomination Information

Extended Nomination Deadline:

10am, Monday 27th April 2020

Submissions should be sent in writing with a maximum wordcount of 1000 words, along with contact details.

Please check the rules, procedure and eligibility requirements, listed below, before entering these awards.

Nominations for these awards should be sent to the President, Steve Roberts via email at:
Please provide as much information as possible to support the nomination. The awards will be judged by a panel comprising the President, Vice-President, Immediate Past President, Honorary Secretary, Junior Vice-President and individual award sposnors.


Awards Rules, Procedure & Eligability Requirements

1. Entries must be accompanied by a 50-word summary of your entry (for PR purposes).

2. The judges' decisions are final, and awards will be made at their discretion. Not all the awards advertised will be awarded if the judges consider that the criteria have not been met. Additional commendations may be made at the judges' discretion.

3. The content of any entry may be used for publicity purposes unless the entrant withholds their consent to this in writing. Content submitted online may be accessible publicly through our website. The content and its publication must therefore be lawful and not confidential.

4. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and procedures and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering this competition.

5. We regret that feedback cannot be provided on individual or team entries.

6. Any awards will be automatically rescinded in the event of the winner being struck off.

Eligibility for entry

You may nominate yourself/your own organisation or another individual/organisation.

To be eligible to enter any of the individual awards, nominees must be on the roll of solicitors for England and Wales and practising, unless otherwise stated.

Please read the criteria and specific entry requirements carefully.

Submissions must relate to activities or initiatives conducted in the 12 months prior to 1 February 2020 (the month nominations open).


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