Advocate of the Year

About the Award

Advocate of the Year applies to any private client practitioner who undertakes specialist drafting and advisory work and represents litigants before the courts or tribunals.

Both STEP members and non-members may nominate themselves or be nominated by a firm or peer. The volume of entries received per candidate will not be taken into consideration. This award is judged on the quality of the entry/entries alone. Please read the eligibility criteria for this award before entering.*

Award Criteria

Focusing on the year 1 May 2020–23 April 2021 only, address all of the following five criteria: they are equally weighted.

  1. Why this person stands out from others in the field.
  2. Full details of one benchmark case, illustrating how the individual’s contribution made a significant difference to the outcome, including details of other parties or instructing groups.
  3. This person's range of expertise.
  4. This person’s commitment to the wider profession.
  5. Supporting testimony from their firm, chambers, colleagues and/or peers.

*This category replaces ‘Chambers of the Year’ and is therefore particularly aimed at individuals who are working in a chambers (i.e. self-employed) or chambers-like environment. Although employed advocates (e.g. those working in a solicitors’ firm) are not precluded from entering, the award is designed to recognise individual rather than team performance, and so employed advocates may be better advised for their team to enter one of the team categories. Employed advocates who wish to enter will need to explain clearly what distinguishes their personal performance from that of their team.