The LexisLibrary Awards

BIALL Awards

 

LexisLibrary Award for Excellence 2018

The winner of the 2018 LexisLibrary Award for Excellence is The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Library Service. Roddy Waldhelm, Head of the Solicitor’s Legal Information Centre (Scottish Legal Directorate) collected the award at the BIALL Annual Dinner in Birmingham on the 8th June 2018.

The award this year is going to a service that has recently undergone a lot of change, integrating a new service with an existing one. This has involved a significant amount of complex work from all of the library staff, who now deliver a service to 1500 users over 50 sites. During this time the staff have surmounted the many challenges that arise when creating new services, managing multiple initiatives across both groups, resources across a range of locations and launching a legal research and enquiry service.

The service is now able to deliver a library and research service dedicated to supporting the needs of all users within the courts, from the support staff to the senior judiciary. Indeed testimonials have included delight in the librarians absolutely fizzing with enthusiasm for their work and delivering a simply excellent service.

LexisLibrary Special Recognition Awards 2018

Two LexisLibrary Special Recognition Awards were awarded in 2018. One to the BIALL Working Group on Law Firm Benchmarking, and one to the BIALL Working Group on Skills Benchmarking. Karen Brown accepted the awards at the BIALL Annual Dinner in Birmingham on the 8th June 2018.

The recipients of these awards identified the need for their projects and followed through by heading up working groups; sourcing members; and providing drive and leadership to keep the projects going from proposal to resolution. They have shown great dedication to their tasks, devoting numerous hours to the end result of benefiting their colleagues by improving standards across the profession.

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.

This year, 2018, we are looking for a winner or winners who can demonstrate best practice within their organisation either via the implementation of a new service or change to an existing service. Let us know the service you are nominating, how it has provided best practice within your organisation and how it is valued. Please see the nomination form for more details.

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 for the award are accepted in Spring, when an online form will be made available.

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. Nominations for the same firm or organisation may be made for any information unit where there may be multiple offices eg regionally or London based. The awards are less concerned about whether you are commercial or non-commercial or London /regionally based but rather the value and excellence of the service you are proposing for the award.

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

Nominations are submitted using an online form, which will be made available in early Spring.

The adjudication panel will consider criteria such as:

  • How the nominated information service has demonstrated best practice and added value within their organisation
  • 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.

Winners 2017

LexisLibrary Award for Best Information Service (Non-Commercial Sector): The Law Society of England and Wales
LexisLibrary Award for Best Information Service (Commercial Sector): Pinsent Masons LLP

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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