The Cuthbert Scottish Legal Awards 2005 were announced last week in Edinburgh, providing us with an outstanding example of a well-run industry awards programme. The Awards are produced by Scots legal recruitment company Cuthbert and the headline sponsors for the 2005 awards were Bank of Scotland Corporate, who have now supported the programme for three years. The Scotsman newspaper was involved for a second year, ensuring a maximum of coverage for the Awards. Other sponsors and supporters include Scott & Company, Springfords, TFB plc, LexisNexis UK, DX, Cavanagh, Aon Professional Risks, Laveron, Crombie Anderson, First Title and Castle Computer Services.
The winners of the 2005 Awards were announced at a prestigious lunch event held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, with an after show party in the same venue (sponsored by Aon). Many of the awards categories are sponsored by businesses with an interest in that specific niche - for example, the Best Legal Website award was sponsored by Laveron, a Glasgow-based design studio and consultancy.In previous years the winners of each category received an engraved curved glass award as a symbol of their achievement. Of course, the prestige of the title was the real and lasting award, but no decent awards ceremony or event is complete without a presentation. A custom engraved crystal award or trophy provides a focal point for the winners both on the day, for publicity photographs, and as a physical symbol of their achievement for display in their offices.