Nominations have opened for the 2019 Law Society of Scotland In-house Rising Star Award.

The award, now in its seventh year, recognises the outstanding achievement of a newly qualified Scottish solicitor or trainee working in-house. Nominees must be Scottish in-house trainees or in-house solicitors with up to five years' post-qualification experience.

Winner of the 2018 Rising Star Award, solicitor Sarah Haig, commented: “Being awarded the In-house Rising Star Award was a professional highlight, and a brilliant reflection of the training and experience I received at Glasgow City Council. It was a particular honour to receive the award given the high calibre of shortlisted candidates, and I am very grateful to my colleagues for the nomination and to the judges for picking me.

“Winning the award has encouraged me to develop professionally and I have since moved to Optical Express where I’m looking forwarding to learning from a new in-house environment.”

Graeme McWilliams, convener of the In-house Lawyers’ Committee, added: “The Rising Star Award is a celebration of emerging talent in the in-house legal sector, which accounts for around 30% of the Scottish solicitor profession. It’s a fantastic opportunity to recognise the wealth of talent we have in the in-house legal community and the contribution of those in the early stages of their careers.

“This year is all the more special as it’s the 70th anniversary of the Law Society of Scotland and I’d encourage all my in-house colleagues to get their nominations in for their legal superstars!”

Click here to access the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 3 May, and the award will be presented at a drinks reception following the annual In-house Conference on 13 June 2019.