Showcasing the Best of Welsh Business

The Inaugural Wales Legal Awards Recognise the Best in the Sector


Friday evening saw the winners of the inaugural Wales Legal Awards announced at a lavish ceremony held at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff with over 420 guests attending.

Established by boutique firm Lux Family Law in partnership with Grapevine Event Management and the Wales Fast Growth 50, the new awards celebrated the excellence to be found in all parts of the legal community including claimant law, corporate and commercial, employment, property and construction, residential and conveyancing, and commercial litigation.

A sold-out dinner saw a total of fifty finalists from thirty different legal businesses across Wales compete for awards in sixteen different categories. The Wales Legal Team of the Year was awarded to Acuity Law, while the outstanding Contribution to the Welsh legal profession went to Alan Meredith, former managing partner at Eversheds.

Charlotte Leyshon of Lux Family Law said

“I was thrilled to see the best talent working in the legal profession in Wales today recognised at tonight’s awards. In creating the Wales Legal Awards, we have focused on celebrating the achievements of the many specialised and talented teams to be found across the length and breadth of Wales and which make a massive contribution to a vibrant Welsh legal industry

Dale Williams, founder of main awards sponsor Yolk recruitment said

“This evening has demonstrated that legal sector in Wales is as exciting as any of its comparable professional services counterparts. I am delighted that the Wales Legal Awards have shone a spotlight to highlight the people and businesses representing this most exciting of landscapes and we’re proud to be able to support such a needed and deserved platform to showcase the best of the best within Wales”.

Commenting on the winner of the Outstanding Contribution award, Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, chairman of the judging panel, said

“I am delighted that Alan Meredith has been honoured in this way as he has made an amazing contribution to the Welsh economy by delivering proactive legal advice and assistance to support the inward investment efforts of both the Welsh Development Agency and the Welsh Government over the last two decades. Not only is one of the outstanding Welsh lawyers of his generation but is the most humane, kind and charming person you will meet”

The Winners of the 2019 Wales Legal Awards 2018 are:

Outstanding contribution to the legal profession in Wales

  • Alan Meredith

Wales Legal Team of the Year

  • Acuity Legal

Corporate Social Responsibility Programme of the year

  • Eversheds Sutherland

Corporate and Commercial Team of the year

  • Blake Morgan LLP

Services to the Legal Profession Team of the year

  • LegalinX-7Side

Family Law Team of the year

  • Watkins & Gunn

Employment Team of the year

  • Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Criminal Team of the year

  • HPJV solicitors

Claimant Team of the year

  • Red Kite Law LLP

Residential Conveyancing Team of the year

  • JCP Solicitors

Rising Star of the year

  • Gamlins Law Ltd

Regulatory and White Collar Crime Team of the year

  • Reeds Solicitors

Chambers of the year

  • 9 Park Place

Litigation Team of the year

  • Acuity Law

Training Team of the year

  • Kaplan Altior

Private Client Team of the year

  • Watkins & Gunn

Property and Construction Team of the year

  • Blake Morgan LLP

In-House Team of the year

  • Admiral Group Plc

Special recognition award of the year

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors