LAWYERS in Kirklees who play a critical role in advising clients on a range of essential legal matters have just under a month to submit their nominations to the Law Society Excellence Awards.

The awards, which recognise and reward the most outstanding and dynamic practitioners in the legal profession, are open to individuals and teams across the entire legal sector.

Now in their sixth year, the awards are the most prestigious prizes in the legal calendar and are firmly established as the leading awards for the profession.

BBC broadcaster Mishal Husain will present the awards at a prestigious celebration dinner on October 18 at Old Billingsgate, London.

New categories have been added to reflect the diverse work of the profession. Categories for individuals include Solicitor Advocate of the Year, Junior Lawyer of the Year, Solicitor of the Year for In-house, Solicitor of the Year for private practice and Legal Executive of the Year.

Nominations are also open for The Law Society Gazette Legal Personality of the Year.

A new category, Excellence in Conveyancing Practice, has been added for the 2012 awards.

Teams can enter awards for Client Service, Innovation, Equality and Diversity, Environmental Responsibility, Marketing and Business Development, Practice Management and Community Investment.

Entries can be completed via the online nomination system. Nominations are open until Friday , August 10, 2012. Go to