It has been a record year for S&B across all three of the UK’s major legal awards. The firm was runner up and “highly commended” in the UK Law Firm of the Year category at the British Legal Awards in November 2015; followed in March 2016 by being crowned National/Regional Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards; and finally being runners-up in the Regional Firm of the Year category at The Lawyer Awards in June 2016.
In winning at the Legal Business Awards, the firm was chosen ahead of 6 others from across the UK, by a judging panel which included many of the top general counsel in the UK. This is the second time the firm has been awarded this accolade, having first won in 2009 and the firm has been shortlisted each year since 2012. The award recognises the UK-based national or regional firm (with headquarters outside of London) that has made the most significant progress over the past year in advancing its strategy, looking for evidence of effective leadership, impressive financial performance and increased market share across the firm’s major practice areas.
Ken Woffenden, managing partner of S&B, said: “We are delighted to have won this highly prestigious award and to receive top accolades in all the major UK legal awards in the past year. It reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone in the firm – a fantastic team effort. I would like to thank all of them and also all our clients and friends for their support for the firm – we really appreciate it.”
S&B’s litigation team were also shortlisted as a finalist for ‘Litigation team of the Year’ at The Solicitors Journal Awards 2016.