Below is a sample of the Professional Services categories and criteria in the 2018/2019 Global Business Insight Awards. Please click on the Award Title to find out more about the criteria set. Please note these are awarded by country and sector and are not limited to those defined.
With specialist law firms striking an increasingly confident note in the market, this award will be handed to a niche practice that has performed exceptionally in terms of rapidly establishing itself, approaching its chosen market creatively and effectively competing against far larger competition.
This category identifies one outstanding piece of commercial litigation work undertaken by the winning team. The key requirement is not necessarily a substantial award of damages but rather an impressive result for the client, which could include an important out-of-court settlement or avoiding a costly appeals process.
This award will be given to the team that can demonstrate crucial antitrust advice on a specific case, transaction or investigation, or was instrumental in steering a client through a regulatory minefield.
For this award, consideration will be given to mergers and acquisitions work, as well as disposals, joint ventures and equity capital markets listings. It is not the value of the deal that will concern judges as much as evidence of outstanding transactional advice and commitment to the client in the context of one exceptional deal.
In recognition of either a single law firm, in-house team or chambers by country, this award will be given to those in the industry that have made the strongest overall contribution to corporate social responsibility. Reference can be made to a range of areas, including pro bono and community activities, environmental and workplace initiatives and responsible client selection.
This category is aimed at advisers focused on either the energy and natural resources sector or those advising on high-stakes infrastructure, including major transport projects. Although we will be accepting submissions covering corporate and finance matters, as well as contentious work, it is not the size of the deal that counts but the industry knowledge behind it.
This category is aimed at advisers focused on either Construction & Engineering. Although we will be accepting submissions covering corporate and finance matters, as well as contentious work, it is not the size of the deal that counts but the industry knowledge behind it.
This category is aimed at advisers focused on either Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals. Although we will be accepting submissions covering corporate and finance matters, as well as contentious work, it is not the size of the deal that counts but the industry knowledge behind it.
Winners of this award will operate at the cutting edge of the finance industry. We will consider one standout example of work taken from a wide range of disciplines, including bank lending, acquisition finance, structured finance, project finance and debt capital markets.
This award will be given to the team that can demonstrate outstanding performance on behalf of the company, either through innovative use of its own resources or effective management of external law firms.
This award recognises the team that has handled innovative work and has attracted the most impressive instructions of the year in this constantly changing sector. We welcome submissions highlighting one example taken from a variety of work, including standout transactions, disputes and arbitration, as well as regulatory issues.
The winner of this award will demonstrate pre-eminent advice in a single international arbitration matter, be that acting for private corporates, investors, state-owned enterprises or states themselves in international commercial arbitration or investment treaty arbitration.
Submissions are invited from leading independent non-UK or US law firms ? operating onshore or offshore ? in mainland Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, Australasia, the Middle East and Africa. Key factors taken into account by our judges include a clear demonstration of growing market share, a well-conceived business strategy, stellar financial performance, strong management, a successful recruitment and retention strategy and a significant client development programme.
The most outstanding law firms of the last 12 months make the shortlist in this, our most prestigious award. Judges will be looking for firms that have taken the market by storm and have achieved more than their direct competitors and peers. Achievements may include the successful development of new practice areas, expansion into new international or domestic markets, new client wins, the completion of a strategic merger or acquisition, improved financial performance, or a successful recruitment policy.
Open to law firms, the Bar, alternative legal providers and in-house teams, this award will recognise the institutions that have consistently thought creatively or broken new ground in the provision and resourcing of legal services. Important factors will be fresh approaches in creating and delivering legal products, including utilising technology and new business models.
Recognising the law firms, in-house teams and chambers that have pushed through innovation and secured competitive advantage for their business. This award will focus on the CIOs that have engaged with their organisation?s strategy and business model to make a central contribution.
Recognising the law firms, in-house teams and chambers that have pushed through innovation and secured competitive advantage for their business.
The winner of this award will be a UK or Channel Islands-based managing partner, senior partner, head of chambers, chief executive or chief operating officer who has truly led the way for their business in 2017. Key factors influencing our judging panel include market profile, outstanding strategic thinking, superb communication skills and the extent to which individuals have the support of staff and clients in driving the firm?s business forward.
This award highlights firms that has made the most significant progress over the past year in advancing its strategy. Key factors taken into account will be evidence of effective leadership, impressive financial performance and increased market share.
This award recognises the top private client teams in the country handling high-value work in the areas of estates, charities, family, contentious and non-contentious trusts and probate, as well as personal tax, particularly to high-net-worth individuals and families.
The winner in this category must demonstrate an ability to land the most significant mandates in an incredibly competitive market for private equity-backed deals. Judges will look for evidence of an ability to move with the market and stand out from competitors in the most eye-catching transactions.
For this award, judges will look for a standout example of real estate-related work, including financing, development or construction, or cases and transactions in planning, environment and regeneration areas.
This award recognises teams that have played a critical role on the most complex restructuring mandates of the year. In choosing the winners in this category, judges will be looking for clear examples of innovation and where the lawyers have achieved crucial outcomes for their clients.
The award recognising outstanding achievements by in-house lawyers below group general counsel level, this award will focus on the rising stars tipped for great things by their colleagues, peers and advisers.
The winner of this category must demonstrate market-leading commercial or regulatory expertise through advice on a IP, technology or media case or transaction.
This award highlights the US firm that has made the greatest progress over the past year in advancing its strategy, improving financial performance and winning instructions, particularly in the City.
This is open to firms of all sizes.? The winning team can deal with any aspect of international tax, either business or personal, not separately covered in the other specific award categories.??
This award seeks to find a top-quality team which specialises in tax investigation and/or dispute resolution work, providing effective solutions to clients and managing the difficult demands of enquiry work. The judges will be looking for a team which stands out as offering the best level of service, the greatest levels of technical ability and which can provide supporting evidence of success.
This award is designed to recognise the important position of in-house tax experts in industry and business in dealing with the tax affairs of their employer. It is also open to in-house teams in the public and third sector.
This is open to any tax or accountancy firm run from a single office offering a general tax service direct to clients. As well as applying the criteria applicable to the regional tax practice category as appropriate, judges will be looking for evidence of the extra level of personal service and commitment which these practices can offer their clients.?
This award is for tax and accountancy firms which, while not having a national presence, operate from more than one main office and provide a general tax service direct to clients (tax consultancy teams have a specialist category). Judges will apply the general criteria to the client tax service as a whole, whether this is provided by a specialist team or the whole practice, and the entry should be prepared on this basis. Judges will be looking for levels of service, growth, innovation and/or client satisfaction which mark this practice out from their peers
The judges will be looking for independent firms who work is predominantly tax consultancy rather than a traditional compliance and advisory practice.? The category is not for consultancy divisions of larger tax practices or for firms whose expertise falls within one of the other specialist categories.? Judges will be looking for a high degree of specialist knowledge and innovation.?
This award will go to a team that has proven specialist skills in providing exceptional advice in the field of indirect tax. The winning team may cover the entire spectrum of indirect taxes or specialise in one or more niche areas.?
This award is to acknowledge the increasing important of the digital agenda.? The judges will be looking for an innovative approach to problem solving and/or taxes management through digital platforms.? Stand-alone software packages are eligible for entry but the judges? preference will be for solutions which integrate software with business decision making and the giving of advice
This award will go to the individual who has shown a proven ability to write knowledgeably about technical tax issues in the professional press, on line or in book form. Past winners have shown an ability to tackle complex issues in a manner that is accessible to the tax community as a whole. The judges will be looking for insight, thought-leadership and analysis.
This award is open to individuals who makes incisive comments on topical tax matters, whether in print, on line, though social media, or via broadcast media. In particular the judges are looking for individuals who stimulate interest in taxation outside the traditional tax community.? Entrants should make a PDF submission of no more than 20 A4 pages comprising an explanation of why the person should win and examples of work during 2017
This award will go to an individual who, while not yet at the height of their career, is rapidly making a name for himself or herself in the tax world. It is open to those specialising in any tax discipline, and anywhere within the UK tax profession. Entries should show that the nominee is already making a real contribution well in excess of their peers, and is recognised by others as one who will be a high flyer for the future. There is no formal upper age limit to this category, but it would be unusual for the judges to make an award to somebody who was aged over 35.?" 38,38,Best Human Capital/Employment Tax Practice,This is a new award which recognises this important sub- discipline within taxation.? The judges will recognise that teams working in this area will offer more than pure taxation advice, but they will favour teams which have taxation at the heart of what they do.? The award is open to standalone specialist firms or teams within larger firms.?
This is a new award to recognise the critical importance of transfer pricing work.? It is open to specialist firms and teams within larger firms.? The judges will be looking for teams which take an integrated approach to the many strands of transfer pricing work and in particular those who have devised innovative solutions to transfer pricing assignments.
This is a new award which acknowledges the fact that financial services tax is now a discipline in its own right. The winning team, which is likely to come from a large firm but which could be a specialised boutique, will be dealing with a wide range of tax issues in sectors such as banking, private equity , venture capital, insurance or asset management.
This award will go to a team working predominantly on UK corporates. The judges will be looking at the way the team helps clients to manage tax and reputation risk, supports efficient compliance and reporting processes, and advises on significant tax planning assignments.? ?" 42,42,Best Private Client Tax Practice,This is intended for a practice which predominantly looks after HMWI clients.? It is open to practices of all sizes.? The Judges will recognise that wealth management involves more than managing taxation and entries are open to firms that provide broader wealth management services provided that tax is an important and distinct part of the service offering.? ? 43,43,Best New Tax Practice,This award recognises that start up practices may not yet be read to compete on equal terms with their long-established counterparts but which have started to establish themselves in the market place.? New in this context means commencing on or after 1 January 2014.? The judges will be particularly looking for wholly new firms but will consider applications from existing firms general practice or law firms who have set up their own tax practices within the last 3 years.??? 44,44,Excellence in Business Strategy ,Advisers are faced with the challenges of rising client expectations, tough markets and enhanced regulation. This award is for firms that have excelled in building a business for the long term with the ability to embrace transformation.
Top quality professional staff are a key element in any successful adviser firm. Regulators demand the achievement of certain qualifications but the most successful firms go beyond that and create a professional development strategy for all staff at every level of the business
Clients expect advisers to offer advice and solutions perfectly matched to their needs and provide top class service. Expectations in these areas have risen steadily and advisers have developed a more sophisticated understanding of their customer base as a result.
Reaching potential clients and sustaining effective communication with existing clients is an opportunity for firms to set themselves apart from their competitors
Top class businesses must run efficiently and cost-effectively. Internal systems, processes, IT, CRM and data management must all be aligned with the firm?s objectives. In particular, collecting, managing and using data is a key requirement for a modern business.
The best adviser firms have adopted new approaches in investment planning. These offer a range of solutions to clients backed by co-ordinated investment strategies and consistent financial planning processes
The leading adviser firms have a comprehensive, business-wide strategy for profitable growth and development. They will have a consistent track-record and can demonstrate sustained success across the business.
The winners of the regional awards for Best Adviser Firm will be entered into the award for Best Overall Adviser Firm.?