The Law Society has decided to discontinue its annual awards after 15 years, pledging to ‘explore new ways to recognise and celebrate our members’ achievements’.

The first Law Society ‘Excellence’ awards were first conferred in November 2007 at a ceremony at the Honourable Artillery Company in the City of London. Over the years the number of categories rose from seven to 20 and the event expanded.

Before going virtual in 2020 following the onset of the pandemic, the last in-person ceremony (pictured), hosted by broadcaster Kirsty Wark, took place at the Grosvenor House hotel on London’s Park Lane in 2019. 

A Chancery Lane spokesperson told the Gazette: ’As we continually modernise and improve the ways we work we are looking at how we can showcase the work of more members, the diversity of the profession and the roles within it. The decision not to hold our annual awards ceremony in 2022 stems from this approach.

’We are engaging with elected and appointed members to explore new ways to recognise and celebrate our members’ achievements, both within the profession and to those who benefit from their services.’