Monday, November 26, 2007

Judges tips for Scottish Legal Awards

If you want some tips for the Scottish Legal Awards ... the judges have revealed some of their inclines ...

The Scotsman reports :

Judges give their tips to help make your Scottish Legal Awards entry stand out


THE deadline for the 2008 Scottish Legal Awards is looming - firms and individuals have until Wednesday to submit their entries and be in with a chance of winning the top prizes.

Today, the judges have revealed their top tips to help you make your entry sparkle.

The awards, sponsored by Bank of Scotland Corporate and with The Scotsman as media partner, will be presented next February at a gala lunch in the Glasgow Hilton.

Entertainment at the awards ceremony will be provided by Alan Hansen, the pundit and former Liverpool defender, who earned 26 Scotland caps.

Rebecca Davies, director of the Scottish Legal Awards, says: "It's not too late to put an entry together, bearing in mind that there is no better way to reward your colleagues, impress your clients and outclass the competition all in one fell swoop. The Scottish Legal Awards are worth every bit of effort and you could be part of a winning team, giving your colleagues a major achievement and professional high that will last the whole year."

Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts from across the legal profession and from further afield. The judges will be chaired for the sixth year in a row by Margo MacDonald, the independent list MSP for Edinburgh and the Lothians.

She will be joined by new judges, including: Geraldine Gammell, chief executive of the Prince's Trust Scotland; Michael Lugton, chief executive of the Scottish Law Commission; Professor Tom Mullen, head of law at Glasgow University; Alastair Northrop, editor of Scottish Business Insider; Robert Pirrie, chief executive of the WS Society; and Valerie Stacey QC, acting dean of the Faculty of Advocates.

Their expertise will add to that accumulated by the judges who are returning to this year's panel: advocate John Campbell QC; Dr Andrew Cubie, consultant at Fyfe Ireland and chairman of the Committee of University Chairman of the UK; Tom Wood, Edinburgh City Council's special advisor on alcohol and drugs ; David Lee, assistant editor of The Scotsman and editor of its Law & Legal Affairs pages; Donald Kerr, head of corporate banking East of Scotland at Bank of Scotland Corporate; John Ferguson, director of development at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations; and Andrew Sturgess, senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and chairman of Institute of Directors, Scotland.

The judges' top tips include:

• Clarity: check your entry fulfils the criteria and guidelines;

• Review: have your entry reviewed by trusted colleagues for feedback;

• Write sharp: don't use ten words if three will do;

• Colour: pictures and graphs add dimension and get to the point;

• Support: ask clients and colleagues to submit testimonials;

• Statistics: the power of numbers will make your case add up;

• Innovate: got a wild idea that could impress the judges? Make sure that you include it - it might just help you stand out from the crowd.

The awards categories range from those for individuals - such as the partner of the year and the paralegal of the year - through to prizes for teams, including the support team of the year and the corporate team of the year.

Other prizes will go to whole firms, including the high-growth firm of the year award and the top prize of all, the firm of the year award.

A lifetime achievement award will also be presented.

• For full details about the Scottish Legal Awards, call KD Media on 0131-624 9840 or visit

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