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Honoring Advances in Buying Legal Services

The Buying Legal® Council is pleased to announce the 2021 Legal Procurement Awards. These Awards will showcase the advances in buying legal services and legal technology, 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 different areas of legal procurement, including: Innovation, Collaboration & Teamwork, Pricing, DEI, and Sustainability/Social Impact.

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. 

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2021 Submit here

Award Celebration:  October 20, 2021

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?
You can compete for the following Award categories:

      • Innovation
      • Collaboration & Teamwork
      • Pricing
      • DEI
      • Sustainability

Please read below information to get a better sense of how your project fits in our selection criteria. Submissions must relate to projects conducted in 2020/2021. 

When can you submit your project?
The submission deadline is July 31, 2021.

The results will be made public at the 2021 Legal Procurement Awards Webinar on October 20, 2021. Someone from your team is expected to attend the webinar 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$150 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.

What information do I need to submit?

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

What are the criteria for evaluation?

Each Award category has different evaluation criteria:


The winning team/individual has provided an innovation to their organization that significantly created value through improved performance and/or efficiency, or had positive impact on cost reduction, transparency, reduction of legal spend etc.

Innovation can be through particularly innovative use of technology, process improvement innovation or other innovative approaches.

Specifically: Focus on a specific project or initiative which was finalized successfully. The innovation should represent a new and creative approach or process that created value for the organization and improved performance. 


The collaboration award is given to an individual/legal procurement team who conducted a successful project or initiative, for its excellent collaboration with another function from the same organization (cross-functional) or with an external partner. The team successfully accomplished goals, was an honest and dependable player 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. 

Specifically: Focus on a specific project or initiative which was finalized successfully. Focus on the role played by the Procurement professional or team in the collaboration and how this has successfully influenced the outcome.


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.

Specifically: Focus on a specific project or initiative which was finalized successfully. Please focus on how it added value to both the buyer and the seller and how it improved the strategic nature of the relationship. 


The winning team/individual has created and successful implemented a DEI initiative. The organization has demonstrably increased diverse legal spend (with law firms and/or legal services providers) in a sustainable way.

Specifically: Focus on a specific project or initiative which was finalized successfully. Please focus on how you were able to increase diverse legal spend.


The winning team/individual has created and successful implemented a creative, novel approach to sustainability/social impact when buying legal services. You were able to significantly move the needle.

Specifically: Focus on a specific project or initiative which was finalized successfully. Explain how your initiative had significant impact on sustainability/social impact.

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. The award ceremony will take place online (webinar) on October 20, 2021. The winners will get recognition at the ceremony and through social media.

Join the conversation: #LegalProcurementAwards

Further Rules:

  • All entries must be submitted through an online form. Each project must be entered separately.
  • The processing fee per entry is $150.
  • 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.

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