The Employed Bar Awards showcase the wealth of talent amongst employed barristers. Launched in 2017, they celebrate the vital contributions that employed barristers make across numerous practice areas. 

The Awards are presented for high quality legal advice and an outstanding contribution by employed barristers to the work of their organisations and the law more generally.

The judging panel for the 2024 awards includes Patrick Walker, Gaynor Wood, alongside Bar Council Chair Sam Townend KC and Vice Chair Barbara Mills KC.

Awards categories 

  1. Employed Barrister of the Year in the Public Sector
  2. Employed Barrister of the Year in a Law Firm
  3. Employed Barrister of the Year in Commerce, Finance or Industry
  4. Employed Barrister of the Year in the Armed Forces
  5. Legal Team of the Year
  6. Lifetime Achievement Award


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Find out more about the Employed Bar Awards sponsors.

The 2024 awards timeline

9 April – nominations open

31 May – deadline for applications

28 June – shortlist announced

10 October – Awards ceremony and dinner

Previous winners

View last year's winners

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Employed Bar Awards 2022

See some highlights from our October 2022 Gray's Inn ceremony, and hear from some of the winners.