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As nice as it is to be recognised by your peers, glitzy award ceremonies just play to lawyers egos rather than provide any reputational capital, says Marilyn Stowe

8 November 2012

Is any other profession as garlanded and as flattered as ours? It’s that time of the year again, with peer awards galore being handed out. There are directories, dinners, brochures and lists. Heaven knows, there are already plenty of lawyers who have egos the size of planets – but if you are a solicitor in need of peer approval and additional bragging rights, now’s your chance. These days, and at this time of year in particular, the promises of awards come so thick and fast that I scarcely notice them. My inbox is cluttered with emails from various organisers, many of whom I have never heard of before. They send invitations to attend this glitzy dinner, that cocktail party, ?to purchase this plaque or receive that framed certificate.

In recent years, such awards seem to have certainly multiplied in number. I also can’t help but notice that the congratulatory emails and letters follow a predictable pattern. Someti...

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