The LexisLibrary Awards

BIALL Awards

LexisLibrary Award for Non Commercial Sector 2017

This winning team for non-commercial has had an almost phoenix like revival in the last few years. When arising from a consultation on its possible closure or outsourcing, it has proved how invaluable its service is to the legal profession, from small to large law firms and from in-house to government user, with a score of over 97% for customer engagement in an independently run customer service study. This active engagement exercise with members across the country was also reflected in the library team winning the Law Society’s Team of the Year Award in 2016 out of 26 nominees.

Many of the comments from its users reflect the high regard with which their research is held, being praised for their exceptional level of service alongside many comments for being speedy, responsive, and efficient;  and it should be noted a quality we all need when dealing with lawyers  -patience.

The winner of the 2017 LexisLibrary Award for the non-commercial sector is The Law Society of England and Wales

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9th June 2017. The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians annual conference and awards at The Principal Hotel, Oxford Street, Manchester.
Winners of the Best Legal Information Service (Non-Commercial Sector). (L-R) Sandra Smythe, President of BIALL, Michael Maher, Alice Tyson and Tom Laidlaw from LexisNexis.
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LexisLibrary Award for the Commercial Sector 2017

It has been decided to award the Lexis Library award to this library team for both the London and outside London award due to the quality and quantity of nominations for the teams at different offices but at the same firm.

The team were praised for their exceptional level of service, being extremely proactive and commercially aware were comments made time and again.

A number of commentators mentioned that the team were crucial to directly influencing some case wins, and acting as trusted advisors delivered a unique and valuable contribution.

The team were singled out many times for their help in delivering key strategic objectives, second to none research and in aligning their commercial insight to the needs of the firm. They had huge praise for the exceptional delivery of their sector research which showed a real depth and understanding, and their overall contribution to thought leadership throughout their firm.

The winner of the 2017 LexisLibrary Award for the commercial sector is Pinsent Masons LLP

PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD GRANGE
9th June 2017. The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians annual conference and awards at The Principal Hotel, Oxford Street, Manchester.
Winners of Best Legal Information Service (Commercial Sector) – Pinsent Masons LLP. (L-R) Sandra Smythe, President of BIALL with David Ferguson, Rona Blair, Stephen Wheeler, Evelyn Webster of Pinsent Masons and Tom Laidlaw from LexisNexis.
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Now known as The LexisLibrary Awards, formerly The Halsbury’s Awards, these awards were established in 2007 by the BIALL Awards & Bursaries Committee and LexisNexis. They replaced the previously named BIALL Awards for Excellence which were presented in 2005 and 2006.

The LexisLibrary Awards were conceived in order to recognise, celebrate and reward the dedicated performance and outstanding service given by legal information services, law libraries and those teams managing legal collections and resources. These awards are particularly unique as they are the only legal information service awards that recognise the value and importance of dedicated team work within our sector.

2007 marked the centenary of Halsbury’s Laws of England, the definitive authority of the law of England and Wales. BIALL and LexisNexis chose to celebrate the centenary by establishing these awards in association with BIALL for the Best Legal Information Services in the UK and Ireland. The inaugural presentations were made at a special event held at The Inner Temple on 16th October 2007.

The categories:

Best Legal Information Service (Non-Commercial Sector): – this is a British and Irish nationwide award for those non-fee charging operations including the academic sector, government libraries and ‘special’ legal libraries/information services.

Best Legal Information Service (Commercial Sector): – outside of London: this award is aimed at the commercial sector and includes Wales, Scotland and Ireland and all areas of England beyond London (ie. outside of the M25)

Best Legal Information Service (Commercial Sector): – London Only: this award is aimed at the London based Law Firm sector and other legal information services that operate commercial, fee charging, services within the capital. The reference to London can be identified as within the M25.

The LexisLibrary Awards are presented annually and the winners receive a trophy and a prize courtesy of LexisNexis.

Nominations are invited in the spring of the award year through advertisements and via the BIALL and LexisNexis websites and e-mail list. Nominations are not accepted at other times.

Nominations can be made by the service providers themselves, other legal information professionals who know and use the service or any legal professionals with experience of the service. In the commercial sector, where an organisation has more than one information service, nominations for the same firm can be made in different categories (ie. a London office can be nominated for the London Legal Information Services (commercial) while an office in, for example, Manchester can also be nominated for the Regional Award).

The Awards & Bursaries Committee may also submit nominations to the Adjudication Panel for consideration.

The adjudication panel will consider criteria such as:

  • How the nominated information service has recognised particular issues and challenges facing them
  • How the nominated information service has demonstrated excellence in dealing with these issues and challenges
  • The contribution of the nominated information service to the legal information profession as a whole
  • The level of service of the nominated information service to other Legal Information Services and those working in the legal profession

The Award Committee, who adjudicate on the nominations, is composed of members of the Awards & Bursaries Committee and representatives from LexisNexis.

The Adjudication Panel for the Award is comprised of senior BIALL Officers including the President of the Association, the Hon Secretary and the Hon Treasurer, together with a representative from the Awards & Bursaries Committee and a representative from Wildy & Son Ltd.

Winners 2016

LexisLibrary Award for Best Information Service (Winner): Bar Library, Belfast
LexisLibrary Award for Best Information Service (Runner-up): Law Society of Ireland Library
LexisLibrary Award for Best Information Service (Highly commended): Research and Information Unit at the Legal Aid Board

Winners 2015

Best Legal Information Services (Non-Commercial Sector): The Law Library (Bar Council of Ireland)

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector) – Outside of London: Irwin Mitchell

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector) – London Only: Withers LLP

Winners 2014

Best Legal Information Services (Non-Commercial Sector): Lincoln’s Inn

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector): Mills & Reeve LLP

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector) – London Only: Mishcon de Reya

 
Winners 2013

Best Legal Information Services (Non-Commercial Sector): The Advocates Library, Edinburgh

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector): Freeth Cartwright LLP

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector) – London Only: University of Law

Winners 2012

Best Legal Information Service (Non-Commercial Sector): The Bar Library, Belfast

Best Legal Information Service (Commercial Sector): Addleshaw Goddard (Manchester)

Best Legal Information Service (Commercial Sector) London Only: Field Fisher Waterhouse

Winners 2011

Best Legal Information Services (Non-Commercial Sector): The Scottish Government Solicitors Legal Information Service

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector): Ward Hadaway Information Servicest

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector) London Only: Berwin Leighton Paisner Library and Information Services

Winners 2010

Best Legal Information Services (Non-Commercial Sector): The Judges’ Reference Library, Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector): The Harvey Ingram LLP Knowledge Management and Information Unit

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector) London Only: The Lawrence Graham LLP Information Resources and Know-How Team

Winners 2009

Best Legal Information Services (Non-Commercial Sector): The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector): Clarke Willmott LLP Information Services, Birmingham

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector) London Only: CMS Cameron KcKenna LLP Library and Knowledge Centre

Winners 2008 

Best Legal Information Services (Non-Commercial Sector): The Law Society Library, London

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector): Ward Hadaway Information Services, Newcastle

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector) London Only: Sidley Austin LLP Information Services

Winners 2007

Best Legal Information Services (Non-Commercial Sector): The Inner Temple Library

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector): Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Manchester

Best Legal Information Services (Commercial Sector) London Only: Sidley Austin LLP Information Services

Winners 2006

Legal Information Professional of the Year – Large law firm: Marilyn Siddons-Smith of Hill Dickinson LLP

Legal Information Professional of the Year – Academic: Paul Norman Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Best Use of Technology in a Library Project: Penny Bailey and Brian Thomas for the BIALL Website

Winners 2005

Legal Information Professional – Large law firm: Gail Sanderson, Davies Arnold Cooper

Legal Information Professional – Small/Medium law firm: Michael Oberwarth, Matthew Arnold & Baldwin

Legal Information Professional – Academic: Emily Allbon City University

Legal Information Professional – Special: David Sparrow, Disability Rights Commission

Best Use of Technology in a Library Project: Kate Stanfield CMS Cameron McKenna

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