IHC_Awards_(Visionary)_2018Submissions for the In-House Community Visionary Client Service Legal Providers, 2018 are now open (strict closing date: February 23rd).

The award categories this year are:

  • Visionary Client Service Law firm of the Year, Asia
  • Visionary Client Service Law firm of the Year, Middle East
  • Visionary Client Service Law firm of the Year, International
  • Visionary Non-Law Firm Legal Services Provider

The above awards will be independently judged* and announced live at the In-House Community Counsels of the Year Awards* on May 10, 2018 at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Clubhouse in front of over 100 General Counsel

Use the link below to make your firm’s submission:


*Visionary Client Services Judging Panel:
David Miles, chairman of Asia Community Venture and former partner, executive committee member and chairman of Asia, Latham & Watkins;
Evangelos Apostolou, president of SirionLabs, EMEA, and former Asia-Pacific general counsel and partner at Ernst & Young, and Asia-Pacific general counsel at British Telecom; and
Crystal Lalime, Asia-Pacific head of global markets at Credit Suisse

As the Visionary Client Service Legal Provider Award is only in its third year, we are delighted to provide a short justification as to why you may consider these awards worthy of your attention. General counsel have shared with the In-House Community that the three prevailing challenges they face on a day-to-day basis are: managing costs and evaluating value-add; talent and career management; and positioning the legal department within the company (see In-House Community White Paper 2017).

By reverse-engineering these key challenges, we set the challenge for legal service providers of any shape or form and from anywhere on the new spectrum of legal services to demonstrate that they can truly stand in the shoes of their clients and provide inspiring service. So, rather than asking firms how much they pay their senior equity partners, we asked them to quantify the following:

  • client-driven technological solutions your firm has initiated recently;
  • budget-orientated project management for a client;
  • exceeding client expectations.

As the Nobel-prize winning work of Daniel Kahneman attests, finding constructive incentives for individuals does in turn help society to prosper. It is our sincere wish that the private practice legal community embrace new ways to benchmark their services that emphasizes team effort and sincere client service. It is for this reason that we have created Visionary Client Service Legal Providers Awards.

Equally, as there are many new non-law firms providing in-house counsel with diverse services, we have again provided a category for non-law firms to provide examples of their client service excellence, thus broadening the field of merit.

Similarly, we encourage in-house counsel to recommend to us legal providers that have gone that extra mile and we will encourage them to put in a submission.

We look forward to your submissions and to welcoming you on the night.

For more information, please contact:

Patrick Dransfield
Co-director, In-House Community
Email: patrick.dransfield@inhousecommunity.com

* To read about last year’s Visionary Firms of the Year, click here.
For a full a write-up of last year’s Counsels of the Year ceremony click here.

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