Award Categories


DEAL AND CASE AWARDS

NOMINATE

 

Judged on the legal work performed by Canadian organizations according to four criteria

Size - The financial value of the deal (in CAD) and the quantity of legal work involved

Complexity - The degree to which advanced legal and financial techniques and structures were applied to the deal

Breadth - The degree to which the deal spanned jurisdictions, practice areas, parties and industries

Innovation - The degree to which the deal involved ground-breaking, original legal techniques and structures

Capital Markets Deal of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all capital markets deals that reached completion within 2021 for which the majority of the legal work was Canada-based. Each organization may nominate a maximum of three deals.

  • Judged on the legal work performed by Canadian organizations according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation.

 

NOMINATE

 

Infrastructure & Projects Deal of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all infrastructure and projects deals that reached completion within 2021 for which the majority of the legal work was Canada-based. Each organization may nominate a maximum of three deals.

  • Judged on the legal work performed by Canadian organizations according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation.

 

NOMINATE

 

Insolvency & Restructuring Deal of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all insolvency and restructuring deals that reached completion within 2021 for which the majority of the legal work was Canada-based. Each organization may nominate a maximum of three deals.

  • Judged on the legal work performed by Canadian organizations according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation.

 

NOMINATE

 

M&A Deal of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all M&A deals, including those that fall within the private equity sector, that reached completion within 2021 for which the majority of the legal work was Canada-based. Each organization may nominate a maximum of three deals.

  • Judged on the legal work performed by Canadian organizations according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation.

 

NOMINATE

 

Mid-Market Deal of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all deals with a value of CAD50-500m that reached completion within 2021 for which the majority of the legal work was Canada-based. Each organization may nominate a maximum of three deals.

  • Judged on the legal work performed by Canadian organizations according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation.

 

NOMINATE

 

Commercial Litigation Case of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to a commercial case rendered or settled in Canada's courts in 2021, including class actions.

  • Judged on a single case's size and complexity and the extent to which it set new standards of excellence in the delivery of legal services by the team.

 

NOMINATE

 

IN-HOUSE AWARDS

NOMINATE

 

Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2021.
The Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP Award for Construction, Infrastructure and Transportation Law Department of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all Canada-based law departments in construction, infrastructure or transportation organizations.

  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2021.

 

Note:

  • The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist in Canadian Law Department of the Year.

 

NOMINATE

 

Banking & Financial Institutions Law Department of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all Canada-based law departments in banking or financial services (including banks, credit unions, lenders, insurance companies, pension funds, brokerage firms and investment funds).

  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2021.

 

Note:

  • The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist in Canadian Law Department of the Year.

 

NOMINATE

 

Energy & Resources Law Department of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all Canada-based law departments in energy and resources (including mining) organizations.

  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2021.

 

Note:

  • The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist in Canadian Law Department of the Year.

 

NOMINATE

 

Canadian Law Department of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all Canada-based law departments.

  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2021.

 

Note:

  • Winners of the three sector-specific law department awards will automatically progress to become finalists for this category; thus only law departments that do not fall within those three sector-specific categories need to be nominated.

 

NOMINATE

 

Law Department Leader of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all Canada-based general counsels, chief legal officers, heads of legal etc in in-house positions.

  • Judged on transactions and other initiatives spearheaded and leadership qualities demonstrated through 2021.

 

NOMINATE

 

Law Department Innovation Award

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all projects or initiatives executed by Canada-based law departments in 2021.

  • Judged on the significance, innovativeness and impact of the project or initiative.

 

NOMINATE

 

FIRM AWARDS

NOMINATE

 

Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2021.
The LexisNexis Canada Award for Best Use of Technology in a Law Firm

 

Criteria:

  • Judged on the extent to which firms have pushed through technological innovation and implemented fresh approaches in creating and delivering legal products, including utilizing technology and new business models, through 2021.

 

NOMINATE

 

IP Boutique Law Firm of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all Canada-based law firms that derived at least 50% of their 2021 revenue from IP matters.

  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2021.

 

NOMINATE

 

Litigation & Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all Canada-based law firms that derived at least 50% of their 2021 revenue from litigation and dispute resolution.

  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2021.

 

NOMINATE

 

Ontario Law Firm of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to firms that have offices only in Ontario, and offer a wide range of legal services.

  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2021.

 

NOMINATE

 

Prairies Law Firm of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to firms that have offices only in Saskatchewan and/or Manitoba, and offer a wide range of legal services.

  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2021.

 

NOMINATE

 

Quebec Law Firm of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to firms that have offices only in the province of Quebec (extending across the river to include Ottawa), and offer a wide range of legal services.

  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2021.

 

NOMINATE

 

Western Canada Law Firm of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to firms that have offices only in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories, and offer a wide range of legal services.

  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during calendar year 2021.

 

NOMINATE

 

Litigator of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all Canada-based litigators

  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of litigation work performed during calendar year 2021.

 

NOMINATE

 

Managing Partner of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all managing partners, CEOs or similar of Canada-based law firms.

  • Judged on achievements, leadership and performance through 2021.

 

NOMINATE

 

Legal Profession Awards

NOMINATE

 

The Bereskin & Parr Award for Diversity Initiative of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all Canada-based law firms and law departments.

  • Judged on the concrete steps the law firm or law department took during 2021 to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

 

NOMINATE

 

The Lincoln Alexander School of Law Award for Shaping the Future

 

Criteria:

  • Judged on the concrete steps taken by the law firm during 2021 to demonstrate a commitment to any or all of the following; EDI as a core organizational value, to strengthen access to justice for underrepresented communities, to advance legal services through innovation, and to invest in legal education through mentorship and beyond.

 

NOMINATE

 

The Gowling WLG Award for Female Trailblazer of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to all Canada-based women lawyers.

  • Judged on professional accomplishments, leadership, community involvement, and the extent to which the individual has either passively or actively contributed to gender equality in the legal profession in 2021.

 

NOMINATE

 

Pro Bono Initiative of the Year

 

Criteria:

  • Open to any single pro bono or not-for-profit initiative executed by a Canada-based law firm or law department in 2021.

  • Judged on the impact of the initiative and its contribution to society and the community.

 

NOMINATE

 

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