The Law Society is proud to announce that in the same year as the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta Human Rights Lawyer of the Year has been introduced as a new category in this year’s Excellence Awards. The values enshrined in the Magna Carta remain as valuable today as they have ever been. Justice, fairness, equality and legitimacy remain central to a strong, democratic legal system. They are lasting values, which will remain as relevant to lawyers today as they will for the next 800 years and beyond.

The Law Society Excellence Awards recognise the outstanding legal practitioners in their field from high street practices to global firms.

Nominations for this award will open on 9 March and we want to hear from you! This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the contribution you or your colleague are making to human rights.

Human rights and the rule of law are at the heart of the legal profession. They are relevant to all those who practice law and relevant to all people across the globe. Human Rights is the bedrock of the practice of law in a democratic society and in securing justice for those in societies where the Rule of Law does not prevail.

Visit for more information. Entries open on 9 March and close on Friday 5 June 2015