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2019 Legal Procurement Awards

Honoring advances in Legal Procurement

The Buying Legal® Council is pleased to announce the 2019 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 different areas of legal procurement, including: Innovation, Collaboration & Teamwork, Best Use of Technology, Process Improvement, Pricing, and Diversity & Inclusion.  

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 3, 2019

Winners will be announced at the Americas Legal Procurement conference in New York on September 5.

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
      • Best Use of Technology
      • Process Improvement
      • NEW in 2019: Pricing
      • NEW in 2019: 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 2018/2019. 

When can you submit your project?
The submission process is closed. The submission deadline was July 3, 2019.

The results will be made public at the Americas conference in New York on September 5, 2019. Someone 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.

What information do I need to submit?

We require the following information: Synopsis of your project, Project Goal, Strategy, Implementation, Results, ROI and Budget, and Why You? 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 had significant impact on cost reduction, reduction of legal spend or performance efficiency. This Award recognizes individuals who are adept at anticipating, embracing and implementing that change. 


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. 


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 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.


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. 


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 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 set up a successful diversity & inclusion 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 was finalized successfully. Please focus on how you were able to 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.

Further Rules:

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