Legal Journals Award

BIALL Awards

Legal Action, Legal Action Group

The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) has awarded the BIALL Legal Journals Award 2018 to Legal Action. The award was presented by Anneli Sarkanen, President of BIALL, at the BIALL Annual Dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 8th June 2018. Presenting the award, Anneli Sarkanen said:

“This year’s winning journal title provides useful, reliable and topical information. The journal is a comprehensive monthly update on many areas of law. Case commentary is authoritative and well-referenced. It is excellent source material for librarians and practitioners written by well-respected contributors. Judges commended the new website for its ease of navigation and the attractive redesign of the magazine.”

Legal Action Group’s director, Steve Hynes and Legal Action’s deputy editor, Marc Bloomfield to accepted the award on behalf of the publishers Legal Action Group.

The Legal Journals Award was established in 2001 by BIALL’s Legal Information Group (LIG). From 2007 it became the responsibility of the Awards & Bursaries Committee (ABC) who now administer this prestigious award.

The award was previously known as the Serial Publication of the Year Award.

The aim of the Legal Journals Award is to reward the publishing profession for quality products and outstanding contributions in the field of legal serial titles whether online or in print.

The specific aims of the Legal Journals Award are to:

  • Recognise and reward excellence in legal serials publishing
  • Promote awareness of outstanding products
  • Encourage the highest quality of publishing
  • Set industry standards

The Legal Journals Award is presented annually and the winners receive a certificate. The winning publisher may use the specially designed logo on their journal product and their web-site. The award is presented at the BIALL Annual Dinner which takes place at the Annual Conference.

Nominate for the 2018 Award

Nominations for the 2018 Award are now open and should be made using the online nomination form. You may nominate any legal publication – hardcopy and/or online – produced in serial format within the jurisdictions of the UK and Ireland.

Please note nominations are only accepted from those working within the legal profession and not from publishers. The closing date for nominations is Friday 9 March 2018. The results of the award will be announced at the BIALL Annual Study Conference and Exhibition in June 2018.

For queries, please contact the Legal Journals Award Administrator:

Claire Mazer, c/o Library, Bannerman Centre, Brunel University London, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

The Award

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

The adjudication panel will consider criteria such as authority, scope of coverage, currency, layout, navigational aids, referencing, originality and value for money.

The Award Committee, who adjudicate on the nominations, is composed of BIALL members and invited guests representing many different sectors of the legal / legal information profession.

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.

2017: Family Law, Lexis Nexis

Jonathan Cailes and Samantha Bangham accepted the award on behalf of LexisNexis from BIALL President, Sandra Smythe, at the BIALL Annual Dinner in Manchester on the 9th June 2017.

2016: The Edinburgh Law Review, Edinburgh University Press

Professor Martin Hogg of the University of Edinburgh accepted the award for the Edinburgh Law Review from BIALL President, Karen Palmer, at BIALL’s First Night Dinner which took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin on the 9th June 2016.

2015: The Law Teacher, The International Journal of Legal Education

Matthew Derbyshire and Professor Nigel Duncan received the award from BIALL President, Marianne Barber, at the BIALL Annual Dinner which took place at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Friday 12th June 2015.

2014: Legal Action

Val Williams and Louise Heath received the award from BIALL President, Jas Breslin, at the BIALL Annual Dinner which took place at the Royal Hall in Harrogate, on Friday 13 June 2014.

2013: Property Law Journal

Sadly Legalease were unable to attend the Award Dinner. Property Law Journal staff were delighted to hear of the Award and Tom Myatt said, “The award is a real honour and I am sure I speak for us all when expressing our sincerest thanks for the privilege.”

2012: Legal Action

Steve Hynes, Director of Legal Action received the award from the BIALL President, Susan Scorey at the BIALL Annual Dinner which took place at the Hastings Europa Hotel, Belfast on the 15th June 2012.

2011: New Law Journal

Caralyn Duignan, Regional Academic Account Manager, LexisNexis, accepted the award on behalf of NLJ editor Jon Miller, from The BIALL Predident, David Wills at the BIALL Annual Dinner at the Gateshead Newcastle Hilton.

2010: Common Market Law Review

Joyce Rivers, Marketing Director and Alison McDonnell, Editor received the award from the Daniella King, BIALL President at the BIALL Annual Dinner which took place at the De Vere Grand Hotel, Brighton on 11 June 2010.

2009: Estates Gazette

Yvonne Kirtlan, Legal Production Editor and Tina Desai, Senior Subeditor of Estates Gazette received the award from the BIALL President, Jackie Fishleigh at the BIALL Annual Dinner which took place at the Midland Hotel, Manchester.

2008: Criminal Law Week

James Richardson, founder and editor of Criminal Law Week, and Katherine Brewer, Publishing Manager received the award from the BIALL President, Barbara Tearle, at the BIALL Annual Dinner which took place at the Mansion House, Trinity College, Dublin.

2007: Family Law Journal

Elizabeth Walsh, the Editor of Family Law Journal, received the award from the BIALL President, Barbara Tearle, at the BIALL Annual Dinner which took place at Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield on 15th June.

2006: New Law Journal

New Law Journal produced by Lexis Nexis Butterworths. The award was presented to Caroline Biesterfield of the NLJ editorial team.

2005: Solicitors Journal

2004: Legal Action

2003: Practical Law Company

2002: Journal of Information Law and Technology

2001: Internet Newsletter for Lawyers

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