Deadline extended: final call for nominations for the GIR Awards
GIR has extended the deadline for submissions for the GIR’s ninth annual awards ceremony, to be held in Washington, DC, on 16 November.
The new deadline for submissions is 18 August.
The black-tie event in DC is held in support of the Swawou Layout Girl’s School in Kenema, Sierra Leone, which helps disadvantaged girls in the region.
On the night, GIR will celebrate the people and firms behind the investigations and court cases that have impressed most in the past year.
We will also unveil the GIR 30, our ranking of law firms’ investigations practices, based on our annual research for the GIR 100 – our guide to the best investigations firms.*
For the GIR Awards, we are looking for submissions in the following categories:
Most Impressive Investigations Practice of the Year
A law firm that has handled the largest and/or most complex investigations of the past 12 months and secured consistently good results for its clients.
Boutique or Regional Investigations Practice of the Year
A specialised or local firm that has acted in globally significant investigations and delivered outstanding outcomes over the past 12 months.
Investigations Consultancy of the Year
A non-legal investigations firm that has carried out consistent, invaluable and case-winning work during major investigations over the past 12 months.
Enforcement Agency or Prosecutor of the Year
A government agency, organisation or individual that has brought cases of global significance against sophisticated defendants in the past year.
Most Important Development of the Year
A recent event in the practice or law of international investigations – whether it is a law change, a technological innovation, a settlement, a policy announcement or something altogether different – that has had a seismic impact on how investigations are carried out.
Most Important Court Case of the Year
Recent litigation that will have consequences for future investigations and enforcement for years to come.
Outstanding In-house Counsel
An in-house legal or compliance professional who has helped their organisation overcome significant challenges in the past year.
Investigations Professional of the Year
A lawyer or other investigations professional who stands out for their stellar work in the last year, securing outstanding outcomes for their client(s).
The GIR Award for Services to Diversity
An investigations professional or team, in-house or at a firm, making significant contributions to building a more inclusive and diverse legal field.
GIR’s Outstanding Career Award
We also welcome suggestions for GIR’s Outstanding Career Award, which is traditionally handed out to one exceptionally respected and admired individual in the investigations community. Previous recipients include retired Shearman & Sterling partner Philip Urofsky, Timothy Dickinson of Paul Hastings, the late Rod Fletcher of Herbert Smith Freehills and Lucinda Low of Steptoe & Johnson.
How to submit
There is no formal structure or format you need to follow. Simply send us your thoughts on who should be nominated and why, via the email address provided below. You may include links to relevant coverage.
We particularly welcome submissions from individual readers. When submitting as a firm, please put forward no more than three nominations per category.
This is not a public vote, but rather an opportunity to submit suggestions. The final list of award categories will be confirmed closer to the event, based on the depth and quality of nominations GIR receives.
Each nomination should include a brief description of under 300 words outlining why the nominee deserves an award for their work in the past year. Links to relevant news coverage and articles would also be helpful.
For the Services to Diversity Award, submissions can be up to 500 words and should specify concrete examples of accomplishments by an investigations practitioner in support of creating a more equitable, diverse and inclusive society.
For the Outstanding Career Award, we also ask for up to 500 words on why the individual’s career is deserving of this recognition.
The deadline for submissions is 28 July.
*Please note that the GIR Awards nominations process is independent of our annual GIR 100 research. To be included in the GIR 100 and specifically the GIR 30, we consider a firm’s institutional strength over time, while the GIR Awards celebrate specific impressive results in the past year.
If you wish for someone to be considered for a GIR Award for their work in the past year we strongly suggest you submit a nomination for our consideration.