Kent Legal Services awards

We are committed to excellence in everything we do, whether it be delivering high quality legal advice and stellar service to our clients, or providing a culture and infrastructure where our people are able to thrive and fulfil their ambitions. We are, of course, always pleased when this excellence is independently recognised by our clients, our peers and our people. Some of our recent successes are listed below.

Legal Services' awards

GC Power list 2016
Geoff Wild features in the Legal Business GC Powerlist 2016

Financial Times Global General
Geoff Wild was selected from out of the 400 general counsel researched in the FT over the previous 10 years, to be among the 30 who were featured in the inaugural FT Global General Counsel 30 list (2016).

Modern Law Awards 2014
Kent Legal Services – Highly Commended – Team of the Year

Modern Law Awards 2014
Geoff Wild, Director of Governance and Law – Highly Commended – Entrepreneur of the Year

FT Innovative Lawyers 2014
Geoff Wild was named Most Innovative European In-House Lawyer at the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2014. The FT awards are widely recognised as being the most prestigious international legal awards and are the product of in-depth independent research. In receiving the award, Geoff fought off competition from across Europe, including General Counsel for EDF Energy, Reckitt Benckiser, E.ON and Roche Products, and is the first public sector lawyer ever to receive the award. The awards panel said: "After transforming the council's legal team into a revenue generator, Geoff Wild is recognised as an industry leader and has had a positive impact on perceptions of public-sector lawyers".

The Law Society Excellence Awards 2014
Geoff Wild, Director of Governance and Law shortlisted for Solicitor of the Year – In-house

Halsbury Legal Awards 2014
Kent Legal Services finalist – In-House Team of the Year 2014.

Financial Times Innovative Lawyers 2013
Kent Legal Services commended as Legal Industry Pioneers.

The Lawyer Awards 2013
Geoff Wild, Director of Governance and Law shortlisted for In-house Lawyer of the Year.
Legal Services shortlisted for In-house Public Sector Team of the Year.

The British Legal Awards 2012
Geoff Wild, Director of Governance and Law awarded the General Counsel of the Year Awards. The awards panel said: "A clear win for Kent County Council on the basis of the continuing hugely ambitious programme to turn public sector legal teams into profit centres in their own right, Geoff [Wild] remains one of the most radical thinkers in the legal community today, with judges saluting pioneerring work that is now being transmitted across the industry."

The Law Society Excellence Awards 2012
Geoff Wild, Director of Governance and Law shortlisted for Solicitor of the Year - In-house

Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards 2012
Geoff Wild, Director of Governance and Law won Legal Industry Pioneers Awards.
The awards panel said: "Local authorities' legal departments have often been perceived as inefficient and a drain on public finances.  Mr Wild has shown that public sector services need not be a burden for the community. Public authorities from Dubai to the US are listening to Mr Wild explain how they can turn a liability into an income generator".

The Lawyer Awards 2012
Kent Legal Services - shortlisted in In-house Public Sector Team of the Year

LGC Awards 2012
Kent Legal Services - shortlisted in the Legal category.

The Law Society Excellence Awards
Geoff Wild, Director of Governance and Law won LMS Leader of the Year.
The judges said that "Geoff leads a service that makes a difference and is widely regarded as an exceptional leader who continues to directly and decisively contribute to the health and success of Kent County Council and the whole of the UK public sector"

The Lawyer Awards 2011
Geoff Wild, Director of Governance and Law - finalist In-house Lawyer of the Year. Kent Legal Services came second In-house Public Sector Team of the Year with joint submission with London Borough of Waltham Forest.

The Lawyer HR Awards 2011
Kent Legal Services - finalist for Best In-House/Public Sector HR Initiative.

The MJ 2009 Achievement Awards
Kent Legal Services - finalist in the Legal Achievement of the Year.

The Lawyer Awards 2009
Kent Legal Services have won In-house Public Sector Team of the Year 2009.

The Local Government Chronicle Awards 2009
Kent Legal Services won in the Legal category.

The Law Society Excellence Awards 2009
Geoff Wild, Director of Governance and Law achieved Highly Commended, Solicitor of the Year In-house.

The Law Society's Excellence Awards 2008

Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards (Public Sector) 2007

Lawyer Awards 2005
Kent Legal Services awarded Public Sector Team of the Year 2005. By outshining rivals from the London Boroughs of Camden and Brent, the Home Office, the Charity Commission and Transport for London, the judges said: "the clear winner of this award, having revolutionised the face of public sector lawyers by turning them into true business advisers".