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In-house teams of the year

22 April 2013

Scott + Co Legal Awards

This year's In-House Legal Team of the Year award at the Scott+Co Scottish Legal Awards 2013 was sponsored by the Law Society of Scotland.

In December 2012, this year's judging panel, chaired by Margo Macdonald MSP, met in the Missoni Hotel Edinburgh to shortlist the many entries received. Entries were assessed according to several criteria including content, relevance, and presentation. The judges, experts from business, law and politics, included Lorna Jack, Chief Executive of the Society, and Janet Hood, who is a member of the Council of the Society and former Chair of the In-House Lawyers' Group.

Joy McLaughlin, Partner of Scott + Co, the headline sponsor of the Scottish Legal Awards, commented: "We probably found judging a bit tougher this year and some firms narrowly missed out on a position in the finals. However, the standard has been set very high with some excellent, full and persuasive submissions which detailed some exemplary work."

The finalists for the Law Society of Scotland In-House Legal Team of the Year were Scottish Water and Standard Life, and the awards ceremony was held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 28 March. At the ceremony, Dougie Vipond, one of the presenters, explained that the judges had found it difficult to decide between the two finalists for the In-House Legal Team of the Year, so Scottish Water was awarded the public sector award, and Standard Life was awarded the private sector award.

Tom Axford, Corporate Secretary and Head of Legal, commenting on behalf of Scottish Water's Legal Team, said: "Our submission was a real team effort with the whole team contributing. I was delighted we were shortlisted and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the awards ceremony. Winning the award has raised the profile of the team across the business and provided recognition for a dedicated team working to deliver Scottish Water's objectives across Scotland."

Malcolm Wood, Group Company Secretary and General Counsel, commenting on behalf of the Standard Life Group Legal Team said, "Our Group Legal Team thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of meeting the awards submission criteria. So when we were selected as finalists, we were delighted. To then go on to win was a great achievement and we certainly enjoyed celebrating on the night. Our in-house legal team is a great resource to Standard Life, so it's good to see their excellence recognised by the judges and our peers in this way."

By Graeme McWilliams, ILG Committee member