In light of the restrictions for events in Wales, the Wales Legal Awards 2020 ceremony will be broadcast live, to a wide-scale audience for free, in response to the event restrictions placed on venues in Wales as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Utilising the latest live-streaming technology, the Wales Legal Awards team is working with event production specialists Genero Productions to broadcast the judges’ announcement of the winners and their comments live and online on Friday 11th September 2020.
Charlotte Leyshon, Founder of the Wales Legal Awards, said:
“In a way, the pandemic gave us the most incredible opportunity to get to know the teams behind the award submissions as it forced us to hold our finalist interviews virtually. This enabled us to really see the strength of our finalists’ submissions in action as well as get to know the people behind the service.
“Whilst we would have loved to have seen all the amazing finalists at the awards dinner again, current regulations mean that we will have to wait until next year to do that. However, we are thrilled to work with Genero Productions and make our virtual ceremony one to be remembered in its own right, and truly valued by our finalists.”
Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, Chairman of the Wales Legal Awards judging panel, said:
“We are honoured to work alongside imitable panel of judges whose commitment to the awards and their significant expertise is to be commended.
“We would also like to thank our award sponsors for all their support, time and unique insight on the market throughout the judging process. The finalists made their task of picking a winner for each category incredibly hard as interviews demonstrated that the level of talent, leadership, creativity and client care in the legal sector in Wales is inspirational.”
This year, the Wales Legal Awards Ceremony is FREE to access via the live-streamed link (available upon booking).
The new-format event for 2020 will ensure that whilst the Welsh legal sector can’t meet in person, the finalists and winners can still be recognised and celebrated in style, to an even greater audience than would be found at a traditional black tie event.
Sarah Castle, Divisional Head of Legal, Yolk Recruitment (Headline Sponsor of the 2020 awards), said:
“We are extremely pleased to be such a big part of the Wales Legal Awards again this year and delighted that it’s gone ahead, despite the current climate. We have such exceptional talent in the legal sector in Wales and this really came through in the applications and during the interviews this year.
“It’s really encouraging to see that the market has pulled together and gone above and beyond for each other and for its clients – it really does makes us proud to be headline sponsors and huge supporters of the law firms and in house teams across Wales.”
To view the Wales Legal Award 2020 Finalists, please click here.
To view the judging panel, please click here.
Watch the Finalists’ reactions straight from the ‘Live Lounge’
Chair of the 2020 Judging Panel, Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, will be joined by Co-Founder Charlotte Leyshon, to present the Wales Legal Awards 2020, live from a glamorous studio in South Wales.
Law firms and individual finalists will join the event LIVE from the Wales Legal Awards ‘Live Lounge’. Finalists are welcome to have a socially distanced gathering in their office if they can. More information on this will be sent directly to the finalists.
Book your free pass to see what the prestigious judging panel has to say about the Finalists and winners, across all 18 Wales Legal Awards categories, including its ‘Innovation in response to Covid-19’ award, Law Firm of the Year, Rising Star and the ‘Overall Team of the Year’ Award – the latter of which is given to the team that impressed judges the most during the virtual interviews with shortlisted firms and individuals.
Charity of the year: St David’s Hospice Care
The Wales Legal Awards charity of the year is St David’s Hospice Care. Virtual attendees and finalists are encouraged to make donation to help raise funds for the charity which needs help, now more than ever.
You can donate via the organiser’s Just Giving page: justgiving.com/fundraising/waleslegalawards20
Donation details will also be shared with the event livestream link and will also be made available on the night.
For further information, please visit the FAQ section on the Wales Legal Awards ‘About us’ page.