ILO Client Choice Awards

20 March 2012

International law firm Stephenson Harwood has won three awards in the 2012 International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice awards – the firm's Hong Kong office is the sole winner of the ILO's Hong Kong category, whilst Andrew Edge and Timothy Elsworth win individual categories.

The awards identify those law firms and individual partners that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the real value they add to clients' businesses. The shortlist is generated from an independent survey of 2,000 corporate counsel, meaning that the winners are widely recognised as the best in their field.

Client Choice Firm Winners 2012

Stephenson Harwood has won the Hong Kong category for ILO Client Choice 'Firm Winners 2012'.

The award was given based on feedback around the quality of legal advice offered, value for money, commercial awareness, effective communication, billing transparency, teamwork, response time, sharing of expertise and use of technology. Winners were chosen from 64 jurisdictions worldwide.

Voon Keat Lai, Managing Partner of Stephenson Harwood Greater China commented, "Our success is largely driven by our focus on developing new links and relationships with clients in China while at the same time reinforcing existing ones. However, underpinning this success is the firm's culture of delivering quality service every time. We are always mindful that we are only as good as our last project and that each client is an important asset of the firm."

Individual Winners 2012

Andrew Edge has won the award for preeminent M&A partner in the UK.

Andrew is a Corporate partner who specialises in public and private M&A, joint ventures and equity fundraisings. In 2010, he was involved in the $3.7 billion sale of Piramal Healthcare’s generic branded pharmaceuticals unit to Abbot Laboratories amongst other high profile M&A deals.

Timothy Elsworth has won the Shipping and Transport legal practitioner award for Singapore.

He is a partner in the Maritime and International Trade practice and his skills extend to all aspects of maritime law and maritime insurance, particularly admiralty work. Timothy was recently involved in Korea Line Corporation’s filing for bankruptcy protection and rehabilitation in Korea, which involved the enforcement of securities by multiple ship arrests and judicial sales in Singapore, Texas and California.

ILO is an online resource which provides channels of interaction between corporate counsel and law firms. It provides updates on global legal developments and offers a database of major deals and the legal advisors involved. It also offers a directory of law firms and partners.