November 20, 2020
Latham & Watkins has been recognized as
International Law Firm of the Year and London corporate partner Kem Ihenacho as
Mentor of the Year – Private Practice at Legal Week’s 2020 British Legal
Awards. The annual awards celebrate outstanding achievements by law firms,
legal teams, and individuals in the UK legal sector. According to Legal Week,
the judging panel noted that Latham “shows no signs of slowing down” on the
heels of “a very strong year.”
With this recognition, Latham has completed
an unprecedented hat-trick of top accolades in the UK’s most prestigious
industry awards, including US Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Business
Awards, City Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2020, and International Law
Firm of the Year at Legal Week’s 2020 British Legal Awards.
Legal Week honored Ihenacho for his
long-standing dedication to nurturing the professional development of young
lawyers and supporting the progression of diverse talent at the firm and in the
wider legal profession.
The firm and individual Latham lawyers also
ranked as finalists in a number of categories. Legal Week shortlisted Latham as
CSR/Diversity Initiative of the Year in recognition of the firm’s Black Lawyers
Group, and as Team of the Year for Banking & Finance, International Arbitration,
and Restructuring. The publication also recognized London partner Olly
Middleton as a Litigation Rising Star finalist, and associate Alex
Buckeridge-Hocking as a Rising Star Private Practice finalist.