The Irish legal profession raised the bar last night, as over 100 Irish law firms, legal practitioners and in-house legal teams descended upon the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, for the eighth annual black tie gala Travelers Irish Law Awards.

Hosted by Newstalk’s Ivan Yates, the awards set out to identify, commend and honour excellence and achievement in Irish Law. The Awards showcase the best of Irish law firms, legal practitioners and in-house legal teams throughout the four provinces of Ireland.

‘Law Firm of the Year’, sponsored by Travelers was awarded to Philip Lee, one of Ireland’s leading and fastest growing commercial law firms who also have offices in London, San Francisco and Brussels. This year’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, sponsored by RSM was presented to The Hon. Ms. Justice Catherine McGuinness, in recognition of her remarkable contribution to the legal profession in Ireland over the last 40 years.

In this year’s Awards, new categories included Diversity & Inclusion Law Firm of the Year, Personal Injury/Medical Negligence Law Firm/Lawyer of the Year sponsored by MedLaw and Pro Bono/Community Law Firm/Lawyer of the Year which was awarded to PILA (Public Interest Law Alliance), a project of FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres).

Beauchamps were presented with the Corporate/Commercial Law Team/Lawyer of the Year award sponsored by Courtsdesk while Tracey Solicitors, brought home the Award for ‘Excellence in Client Services’ sponsored by Ormond Meeting Rooms.

The distinguished title of ‘Lawyer of the Year’ was awarded to Sinead Lucey from FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres).

Commenting on their coveted award, Managing Partner Philip Lee said ‘I am immensely proud of our people and the firm we have built. Winning Law Firm of the Year 2019 is a significant acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication I see every day in the office. Our lawyers are ranked as top tier experts in their fields. They use their expertise to shape society and make a difference. By working with some of the most interesting organisations from both the private and public sector, we can attract brilliant people and grow our practice areas. I look forward to continuing to grow the firm with my fellow partners long into the future.”

Katherine O’Riordan, Event Director said, “The Irish Law Awards has become a huge success over the past 8 years. The event has grown exponentially and this year we are delighted to have the support of Travelers Insurance in recognizing excellence within the legal sector. The standard this year was exceptionally high.”