Three providers of legal services are among the 152 winners of this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, the UK’s highest accolades for business success, announced yesterday.

Intellectual property specialist EIP Partnership LLP, established in 2000, wins an award for international trade. The firm has 37 professionals and more than 70 staff practising from offices in London, Bath, Cardiff and Leeds.

The company increased its overseas sales by 136% over the past three years.

The US and Japan now account for 81% of its overseas sales.

Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers, London, also wins an award for international trade.

The barristers’ chambers has been successful in identifying and penetrating key territories around the world, generating brand awareness through the strategic targeting of stakeholders in commerce and government as well as through client recommendation.

The company has established a strong presence in Hong Kong and has been invited to open a new office in Singapore.

Richard Gallafent, senior partner, Gallafents LLP, won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

Gallafent, a patent attorney, co-founded the group ‘ideas21’ in 2000 and, through this organisation and the related ‘Second Tuesday Club’, has offered free IP advice to small businesses and inventors while also mentoring and training students studying intellectual property.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, previously known as the Queen’s Awards to Industry, have been awarded since 1966.