The SLS Legal Awards were introduced in 2018 to recognise the exceptional legal talent within the Surrey Law Society membership and celebrate the outstanding commitment of the profession across the county.
The programme has grown ever since its inception, and this year we were delighted to announce that we had revamped a number of our categories to include a variety of new exciting Awards. We introduced a focus on teamwork this year, as well as adding new ‘Equality & Diversity Champion’, ‘Employer of the Year’ and ‘Team of the Year’ categories and a special ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. honouring those who have dedicated much of their lives to the profession .
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all members who made submissions this year, which resulted in our highest number of nominations received ever, highlighting again the exceptional legal talent in the County. The calibre of applications received was extremely high, and our independent shortlisters noted that it gets more difficult every year with so many entries providing such compelling information and evidence. Many thanks to everyone who submitted a nomination and congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted.
We’re excited to announce that booking is now open for the SLS Legal Awards 2023, which will take place at our brand-new venue, G Live in Guildford, on the evening of Thursday 12th October 2023.
The evening celebrations promise to be bigger and better than ever in our new setting, and attendees will enjoy a drinks reception, exceptional 3-course dinner, and fantastic entertainment, including our special guest speaker, Shaparak Khorsandi.
We are delighted to be offering an early bird rate for bookings made before Friday 28th July, as well as a ‘Second Table’ discount, so the more colleagues you bring to celebrate this fantastic occasion the better!
We don’t expect tickets to be available for long, so please don’t delay in reserving your space!
Early Bird Discounts run until Friday 28th July, after which the standard rate will apply.
For any booking enquiries, please contact Elouse.Enright@surreylawsociety.org.uk.
Shaparak Khorsandi is a comedian, author, speaker and advocate for human rights.
Shaparak established herself as one of the UK’s finest comedians with her sell-out Edinburgh show, Asylum Speaker. Despite the basis for the show being her experiences as a child refugee fleeing Iran and terrorists attempting to murder her father, Shaparak’s sensitive yet witty exploration of these events created an instant comedy smash hit.
It also lead to the publication of her childhood memoirs, “A Beginner’s Guide To Acting English“, her best-selling literary debut, described by the Scotsman as ‘filled with laughter, wonder and compassion’. Emma Thompson said “This very funny, acute book also made me cry”.
Shaparak went on to publish her first novel, Nina Is Not Ok, which was described by the Telegraph as ‘moving, funny and shocking’ and received tremendous acclaim from critics and readers alike.
Shaparak’s career has taken her to all corners of the globe. She has appeared on countless TV & Radio shows, including: Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here, Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, MasterChef, Have I Got News For You, QI, Pointless Celebrities, Question Time and Just a Minute, as well as her own show, Shaparak Talk.
G Live does not have any accommodation onsite but there are a number of nearby options available for those wishing to stay overnight.
Both the Mandolay Hotel and Harbour Hotel are within a 2-minute walk of G Live, with the Travelodge Guildford a 6-minute drive away and Guildford Manor Hotel & Spa and the Holiday Inn 10 minutes’ drive away.
The Surrey Law Society has not reserved any rooms but at the time of writing, all venues listed above are showing availability for the night of the 12th October, with other options also available via the major hotel bookings websites. Please visit sites such as booking.com or hotels.com or the hotel websites directly to ascertain availability and the most preferable rates.