NZ Law Awards “a goal to strive towards”

by Sophie Schroder09 Jul 2014
The New Zealand Law Awards are not based on industry gossip, says Mark Lowndes, the managing partner of Lowndes Associates.

The firm were the recipients of the Mid-Size Firm of the Year Award last year, and Lowndes told NZ Lawyer about how valuable such awards are to the industry.

“The importance of the Law Awards is that the results are based on the views of high level clients on the key issues around professional expertise, service excellence and cost effectiveness. They are not based on industry gossip,” he says.
The current view of the law profession requires them to leave the traditional construct behind and instead focus hard on where clients see the commercial value of what they do, and this is also the well-directed focus of the law awards, says Lowndes.
“[It] is about benchmarking the legal profession for the benefit of our clients.”
Winning the award last year provided an invaluable recognition for the Lowndes Associates team for the hard work they put into several large projects that put them under considerable pressure, he says.
Chen Palmer was another firm to receive an award at the 2013 New Zealand Law Awards, and took away the Specialist Award for Public Law.
Founding partner Mai Chen told NZ Lawyer that the awards are a great motivation.
“It is always important to motivate yourself to greater excellence in the practice of the law and the NZ Law Awards are a measure of that and a goal to strive towards,” she says.
If you have been thinking about submitting a nomination for the 2014 New Zealand Law Awards, it’s time to act.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the event, we have introduced new awards for in-house counsel and deals. 

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Nominations for the 2014 New Zealand Law Awards close on Thursday 17th July 2014. For more information and to nominate visit

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And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the big night – winners will be announced at a black-tie event on Thursday 6th November at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland.