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Award Categories and Criteria


 

DEAL AWARDS

Capital Markets Deal of the Year

 

  • Reached completion between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019
  • Judged on its NZ aspects according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation

The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist in New Zealand Deal of the Year.

 

Consumer, Media and Tech Deal of the Year

 

  • Reached completion between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019
  • Judged on its NZ aspects according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation

The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist in New Zealand Deal of the Year.

 

International Deal of the Year

 

  • Reached completion between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019
  • Judged on the international work carried out by NZ firms, according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation

The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist in New Zealand Deal of the Year.

 

M&A Deal of the Year

 

  • Reached completion between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019
  • Judged on its NZ aspects according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation

The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist in New Zealand Deal of the Year.

 

Mid-Market Deal of the Year

 

  • Has a deal value not exceeding US$100m
  • Reached completion between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019
  • Judged on its NZ aspects according to four criteria – size, complexity, breadth and innovation

The winner of this category will automatically progress to become a finalist in New Zealand Deal of the Year.

 

New Zealand Deal of the Year

 

The winners of the Capital Markets, and Consumer, Media and Tech and International and M&A deal categories will automatically become finalists for New Zealand Deal of the Year.

Deals nominated for New Zealand Deal of the Year that do not also fall into any of these other categories will be assessed and may be added to this list of finalists, to be scored in the same way as other deals by the panel of judges.

 

 

IN-HOUSE AWARDS

Anthony Harper Young In-house Lawyer of the Year (35 or under)

 

  • Is a qualified lawyer not exceeding 35 years of age as at 31 March 2019
  • Is permanently employed within the in-house legal function of an organisation operating in New Zealand
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of their work between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

MinterEllisonRuddWatts In-house Lawyer of the Year

 

  • Is a qualified lawyer permanently employed within the in-house legal function of an organisation operating in New Zealand
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of their work between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

The winner of this category will become a finalist in the Australian Brokerage of the Year category.

 

Simpson Grierson Financial Services In-house Team of the Year

 

  • Is an in-house legal team in a banking, insurance or financial services organisation operating in New Zealand
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of its work between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

Russell McVeagh In-house Team of the Year

 

  • Is an in-house legal team in a non-financial-services organisation operating in New Zealand
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of its work between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

In-house teams that do not qualify for the Financial Services In House Team should be nominated in this category.

 

 

FIRM AWARDS

Niche Consulting Group Limited Employment Law Specialist Firm of the Year

 

  • Derives at least 50% of its revenue from employment law matters
  • Judged on expertise demonstrated between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

Litigation & Dispute Resolution Specialist Law Firm of the Year

 

  • Derives at least 50% of its revenue from litigation and dispute resolution matters
  • Judged on expertise demonstrated between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

Intellectual Property Specialist Law Firm of the Year

 

  • Derives at least 50% of its revenue from intellectual property law matters
  • Judged on expertise demonstrated between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

Property & Construction Specialist Law Firm of the Year

 

  • Derives at least 50% of its revenue from property and construction law matters
  • Judged on expertise demonstrated between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

Insurance Specialist Law Firm of the Year

 

  • Derives at least 50% of its revenue from insurance law matters
  • Judged on expertise demonstrated between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

Boutique Law Firm of the Year

 

  • Derives at least 50% of its revenue from a single practice area
  • Judged on expertise demonstrated between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

Firms that do not qualify for the specialist firm categories (Employment Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Property & Construction and Insurance) should be nominated in this category

 

Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (<50 lawyers)

 

  • Is a law firm employing no more than 50 lawyers on a full-time basis as at 31 March 2019
  • Judged on performance between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 across aspects such as employee engagement and retention, diversity and inclusion, remuneration and benefits, training and development, leadership, reward and recognition and work-life balance

 

Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (51-100 Lawyers)

 

  • Is a law firm employing between 51 and 100 lawyers on a full-time basis as at 31 March 2019
  • Judged on performance between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 across aspects such as employee engagement and retention, diversity and inclusion, remuneration and benefits, training and development, leadership, reward and recognition and work-life balance

 

Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (>100 Lawyers)

 

  • Is a law firm employing more than 100 lawyers on a full-time basis as at 31 March 2019
  • Judged on performance between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 across aspects such as employee engagement and retention, diversity and inclusion, remuneration and benefits, training and development, leadership, reward and recognition and work-life balance

 

Resolution Institute Mediator of the Year

 

  • Is a member of Resolution Institute (formerly LEADR) or AMINZ, or both
  • Judged on his/her achievements and performance between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

Artemis Executive Recruitment Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year (35 or under)

 

  • Is a qualified lawyer not exceeding 35 years of age as at 31 March 2019
  • Is permanently employed within a law firm in NZ
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of their work between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

Managing Partner of the Year (≤100 Lawyers)

 

  • Is a managing partner, CEO or similar of a NZ law firm with no more than 100 lawyers employed on a full-time basis as at 31 March 2019
  • Judged on his/her achievements and performance during the period 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

Managing Partner of the Year (>100 Lawyers)

 

  • Is a managing partner, CEO or similar of a NZ law firm with more than 100 lawyers employed on a full-time basis as at 31 March 2019
  • Judged on his/her achievements and performance between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

Deal Team of the Year (> 100 Lawyers)

 

  • Is a practice group or team, within a law firm that employs more than 100 lawyers on a full-time basis
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of its deal involvement between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

Deal Team of the Year (≤ 100 Lawyers)

 

  • Is a practice group or team, within a law firm that employs no more than 100 lawyers on a full-time basis
  • Judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of its deal involvement between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

Law Plus Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

 

  • Is a law firm headquartered outside the central business districts of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
  • Judged on expertise across a range of practice areas between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

Mid-size Law Firm of the Year

 

  • Is a law firm of 6-24 partners
  • Judged on expertise across a range of practice areas between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019

 

K3 Legal Large Law Firm of the Year

 

  • Is a law firm of 25+ partners
  • Judged on expertise across a range of practice areas between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019