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 2020 Legal Procurement Awards

Honoring Advances in Legal Procurement

The Buying Legal® Council is pleased to announce the 2020 Legal Procurement Awards. These Awards will showcase the advances in legal procurement and legal procurement best practices, honoring those who are at the forefront of new developments and inspiring others. 

The goal is to identify and acknowledge the best industry initiatives in legal procurement.

This year, we will have separate EMEA and Americas Legal Procurement awards.

Legal procurement professionals from any industry and country can participate by submitting a detailed description of their project, from the project goal, strategy and implementation to the results of the project as well as budget and return on investment. 

If you are based in the EMEA region, please submit your project for the EMEA Legal Procurement awards. If you are based in the Americas region, please submit your project for the Americas Legal Procurement awards. If you are based in another region, please indicate your preference for either the EMEA or Americas Legal Procurement award participation.

Submission Deadline: May 10, 2020

EMEA Legal Procurement Award winners will be announced at the EMEA Legal Procurement conference in London on 14 June. 

Americas Legal Procurement Award winners will be announced at the Americas Legal Procurement conference in New York City on July 15. 

Who can participate?
Any client-side professional involved in the sourcing of legal services and managing supplier relationships can submit their project.

Legal procurement consultants and other services providers may only submit their project together with their client.

Which projects qualify?
Legal procurement projects in the following areas qualify

  • Innovation
  • Collaboration & Teamwork
  • Best Use of Technology
  • Process Improvement
  • Pricing
  • Diversity & Inclusion

Please read below to get a better sense of how your project fits in our selection criteria. Submissions must relate to projects conducted in 2019/2020. 

When can you submit your project?
You can submit your project now. The submission deadline is May 10, 2020.

The results will be made public at the EMEA or Americas Legal Procurement conferenceSomeone from your team is expected to attend the conference to receive the Award.

How do you participate?

Participants fill in an online form. Only complete entry forms will be accepted and evaluated. The US$125 processing fee must be paid in full before the deadline. If any parts of your submission should be considered confidential, please print CONFIDENTIAL in upper case before the relevant chapter or paragraph. Please note that the Synopsis part may not contain any confidential information.

EMEA awards registration form: Click here

Americas awards registration form: Click here

What information do I need to submit?

We require the following information: Synopsis of your project, Project Goal, Strategy, Implementation, Results, ROI and Budget. Each area has a minimum and maximum word count.

What are are you looking for when evaluating projects?

We are looking for outstanding projects. Here are some examples:

INNOVATION: The winning team/individual provided an innovation to their organization that had significant impact on cost reduction, reduction of legal spend or performance efficiency. We recognize projects that successfully anticipated, embraced and implemented change. The innovation should represent a new and creative approach or process that created value for the organization and improved performance. 

COLLABORATION & TEAMWORK: The winning team/individual conducted a successful project or initiative with another function from the same organization (cross-functional) or with an external partner. We recognize projects that accomplished the set-out goal(s), where the teams were honest and dependable players who contributed to group collaboration. The people involved showed empathy and respect for others and built and maintained good working relationships with internal stakeholders, other functions and external legal-services providers. 

BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY: The winning team/individual used technology in an innovative way to improve performance and/or efficiency (e.g. collaborated most effectively, improved cost transparency, monitored budgets, and created legal analytics). Focus on both the high quality of the legal procurement work and the innovative use of technology.

PROCESS IMPROVEMENT: The winning team/individual has set up a successful process improvement initiative: Processes have been upgraded or changed, resulting in demonstrable improvements to business outcomes. Focus on a specific project or initiative which was finalized successfully. Please focus on outcome/project result. 

PRICING:  The winning team/individual has created and successfully implemented a creative, novel approach to pricing legal services that not only has managed to align the interests of both the buyer and the seller of legal services, adding significant value to the buyer (e.g. through savings, predictability of cost etc.), but at the same time, maintained or increased quality and helped improve the relationship with the provider. Focus on how your project added value to both the buyer and the seller and how it improved the strategic nature of the relationship. 


DIVERSITY & INCLUSION:  The winning team/individual has set up a successful diversity & inclusion (D&I) initiative. The organization has demonstrably increased diverse legal spend (with law firms and/or legal services providers) in a sustainable way. Focus on a specific project or initiative which increased D&I in the legal category, such as increase diverse legal spend.

Who are the Award judges?

A group of experienced legal procurement professionals serve as Legal Procurement Award judges.

What is the prize?

Award winners will receive a trophy, certificate, and logo for use on their marketing materials or website.

Who won last year's Legal Procurement Awards?

Click here to learn more about the 2019 Legal Procurement Award winners and get inspired!

Further Rules:

  • All entries must be submitted online through an online form. Each project must be entered separately.
  • The processing fee per entry is US$125.
  • Judges' decisions are final and awards will be given at their discretion. If the criteria have not been meet, judges may decide to not nominate a winner in any of the categories. 
  • Content submitted in the "Synopsis" section may be used publicly. The content and its publication must hence be lawful and not confidential.
  • Entrants will be deemed to have accepted all rules and procedures on this page and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering this competition.

For questions or media inquiries, please contact Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein at silvia@buyinglegal.com