About the awards

This year awards were presented for high quality legal advice and an outstanding contribution by employed barristers to the work of their organisations in a range of sectors. We also presented awards to the best practitioners from across the whole employed bar for Legal Team of the Year, and the overall winner of Employed Barrister of the Year.

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Awards were judged by senior members of the profession and judiciary.

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Awards categories 

  1. Outstanding Employed Barrister in the Public Sector
  2. Outstanding Employed Barrister in a Law Firm
  3. Outstanding Employed Barrister in Commerce, Finance or Industry
  4. Outstanding Employed Barrister in an NGO
  5. Employed barrister in the Armed Forces
  6. Employed barrister in Sports
  7. Legal Team of the Year
  8. Employed Barrister of the Year

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View this year's nominee shortlist

The awards timeline

3 February 2020           Nominations open

15 March 2020             Nominations close

03 June 2020                 Shortlist announced

10 June 2020                Winners announced

July 2020                      Counsel magazine online feature

August 2020                Counsel magazine print feature (September issue)


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Previous winners


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