2018 The Middle East Legal Awards

Judging process

The panel of judges is made up of senior Middle East-based in-house lawyers and other leading figures from within the business community. Legal Week will assign categories to be judged by the panel, in consultation with the chair of the judging panel and the ACC. Each category is judged by at least four judges.

Prior to the judging day, the judges are instructed to identify their first, second and third choices, with a brief reason for their first choice. The judges meet in person to debate the merits of the chosen entries and to confirm the winning entry. In cases where a consensus cannot be reached, the chair of the panel has the final say. On the judging day, the precise process to be adopted is the choice of chair of the judging panel. The decision of the panel is final and details of the deliberations will remain confidential.


Once all the entries have been submitted, the Legal Week editorial team will produce a shortlist of up to a maximum of nine entries per category. Before the shortlist is announced, the chair of the judging panel will be consulted in order to ensure that the process is robust. The chair of the panel will have the opportunity to review all the rejected entries and substitute them with existing entries.

As per the revised process of 2017, prospective judges with an interest, either personally or by association as part of a team or member thereof, are not eligible to fulfil a judging role for the awards.