The Awards

Award Nominations have closed now

Nomination Form

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Legal Gala Award Nominations are now open. Live voting for the finalists will take place on Thursday, 2 November 2017 at the JW Marriott Marquis hotel in Dubai.

DEADLINE for submission is 30 September 2017

The categories for the UAE’s most prestigious legal awards are:

  1. Young Lawyer of the Year
  2. Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year
  3. Legal Education Law Firm of the Year
  4. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year: This award will be selected by the Academy of Law
  5. Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year: This award will be selected by the Academy of Law

You can now nominate for the following categories:

  • Young Lawyer of the Year

    A lawyer who is either under thirty-five (35) years of age or fewer than ten (10) years qualified, and who has during the last twelve (12) months exhibited the skill and professionalism of a lawyer beyond their years.

    The Legal Community votes for this awards live at the event

  • Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year

    A seasoned lawyer who is either over thirty-five (35) years of age or more than ten (10) years qualified, and who has during the last twelve (12) months made a significant contribution to the profession and the UAE Legal Community.

    The Legal Community votes for this awards live at the event

  • AOL Legal Education Law firm of the Year

    Law firms that have demonstrated a high commitment to providing legal education and improving the competencies required for legal professionals in the Middle East.

    These contributions may include providing training instructors for courses, hosting conferences, workshops, and roundtables, sponsoring or authoring policy white papers and academic manuscripts, providing training contracts and student internships and offering community legal education outreach.

    This award will be evaluated and a winner selected by the Academy of Law

Nominations can be made by filling up the following Form: Click Here

The Award winners of the Annual Legal Gala 2017

  1. Young Lawyer of the Year – Luke Tapp – Senior Associate – Pinsent Masons LLP
  2. Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year- Jamie Liddington – Partner, Head of Employment – Hadef & Partners
  3. Legal Education Law Firm of the Year – Clyde & Co LLP
  4. Pro Bono Lawyer of the year – Philippa English – Associate – Holman Fenwick Willan Middle East LLP
  5. Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year – DLA Piper Middle East LLP

The Award winners of the Annual Legal Gala 2016

  1. Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year: Keith Hutchison, Partner at Clyde & Co
  2. Young Lawyer of the Year: Janine Mallis, Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.
  3. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year: Mike Wakefield, Head of KM and Pro Bono Counsel at DLA Piper Middle East LLP.
  4. Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year: James Berry & Associates Legal Consultants.
  5. Legal Education Law Firm of the Year: Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP.