Nominations are now open for the 2018 Law Society of Scotland In-house Rising Star award.

If you or one of your colleagues or contacts are a newly qualified Scottish solicitor or trainee working in-house; then you are eligible to nominate or be nominated for the title. 

Launched in 2013, by the Law Society of Scotland, the award celebrates and rewards the brilliance of members of the in-house legal community, a group that now represents over 30% of Scottish solicitors.

Winner of the 2017 Rising Star Award, Scottish solicitor, Leanne Hammel, said, “I was delighted to have won the Rising Star Award, particularly given the high calibre of lawyers shortlisted.

“It was lovely to be recognised, not only by the judges but also by my organisation for doing a job I love. Winning the award has created numerous opportunities for me in terms of career progression and professional development.”

Graeme McWilliams, convener of the In-house Lawyers’ Committee, said, “The legal profession represents an increasingly diverse range of career opportunities. 

“Accounting for almost a third of all Scottish solicitors, in-house lawyers perform an important legal function in a range of public, private and third sector roles.

"This award celebrates their contribution and talent and gives them the recognition they deserve and the chance to shine!”

Nominees must be Scottish in-house trainees or in-house solicitors with up to five years post qualification experience. The nominations will be judged by In-House Committee members, Law Society of Scotland office bearers and key individuals working closely with our new lawyer community.

The award will be presented at a drinks reception at the Law Society’s Annual In-House Conference in Glasgow on 18 June 2018.  

To nominate a colleague or someone you know who deserves this award, complete the nomination form and send it to Olivia Parker, Head of Engagement for In-House Lawyers, at by midday on Friday 25 May 2018.

Do you know an in-house rising star?

The Rising Star Award celebrates and rewards the brilliance of trainees and NQs with up to five years' PQE who are shining in their early careers in-house. Nominate a colleague or contact today.