Eagle-eyed readers who read this blog on its website may have noticed a green logo on the right side of the screen. Until today, it referred to our being shortlisted for an Excellence Award by the Law Society of England and Wales. The category in which we were shortlisted was “Learning and Development”.
Earlier this week, the Law Society held its annual celebratory dinner at which the 2013 Excellence Award winners were announced. We were awarded a “highly commended”. In effect, we were runners-up to giant law firm Norton Rose, who won in the Learning and Development category for their global CPD programme.
The main activities that we cited in our application were:
- The 5-day course on IP Transactions, hosted by University College London’s Faculty of Laws, which we designed and coordinated. The course has been mentioned on this blog before. As stated here, it will be run again next February.
- This blog.
The judges commented on our application as follows:
The judges felt that the creation of an intensive learning programme for newly-qualified intellectual property lawyers was a significant achievement for a small specialist practice and was commendable for the intellectual rigor of the course, which was run in conjunction with UCL Faculty of Laws.
Thanks are due to the many experienced practitioners who teach on this course – approximately 25 at the last count. Special thanks are due to Professor Sir Robin Jacob, who took a gamble with running the course at UCL, and whose support has been both invaluable and heartening. The course could not have been run without the dedicated and talented organisational support of Lisa Penfold and her team at the Faculty of Laws.
IP Draughts is chuffed to bits to receive this commendation.