MPF Awards for Management Excellence 2017

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The winners of the 15th Annual MPF Awards were announced at a gala dinner and ceremony at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square, on 8 March hosted by Austin Healey, of rugby and Strictly Come Dancing fame.

Winners are listed below - click on the Award name to find out more or download a full list of winners.


Leadership & Strategy:

Best managed international firm or network

Sponsored by: Barclays

Winner: Dentons

Best managed national firm or organisation

Sponsored by: Allied Irish Bank (GB)

Winner: Stephens Scown

Best strategic leadership

Sponsored by: LexisNexis

Winner: Kennedys

Best thought leadership

Sponsored by: NatWest

Winner: Trowers & Hamlins

Best leadership of a mould-breaking firm

Sponsored by: Aon

Winner: Stephens Scown

Best programme for leadership development

Sponsored by: HBR

Winner: Dentons

Best strategy implementation

Sponsored by: Santander

Winner: Scott-Moncrieff

Client Journey:

Best co-ordination in winning new work

Sponsored by: Vuture

Winner: Dentons

Most innovative client service

Sponsored by: Aderant

Winner: Bird & Bird

Best provision of know-how to clients

Sponsored by: FT

Winner: Mayer Brown

Best performing brand

Sponsored by: Luminous


Winner: EY


Winner: Dentons

Responsible Business:

Best community engagement

Sponsored by: Business in the Community

Winner: CBRE

Most environmentally friendly firm

Sponsored by: ICRS

Winner: Deloitte

Most inclusive firm

Sponsored by: Sutton Trust

Winner: Hogan Lovells

Best philanthropy engagement

Sponsored by: Philanthropy Impact

Winner: Barclays

Operational Excellence:

Best corporate culture

Sponsored by: emperor

Winner: Stephens Scown

Most enviable workplace

Sponsored by: HighQ

Winner: Allen & Overy

Best financial management

Sponsored by: Lloyds Bank

Winner: Addleshaw Goddard

Best implementation of systems or technology

Sponsored by: Tikit

Winner: White & Case

Best use of data analytics

Sponsored by: AnyData Solutions

Winner: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Best collaboration across the management team

Sponsored by: Meridian West

Winner: Brachers

Best collaboration with external specialists

Sponsored by: PM magazine

Winner: ARC Pensions Law

Presented on the night:

Exceptional achievement by an individual

Sponsored by: MPF

Winner: Simon Beswick (Osborne Clarke)

Exceptional achievement by a management team

Sponsored by: MPF

Winner: BDO

Exceptional achievement by a firm

Sponsored by: MPF

Winner: Hymans Robertson

An evening to remember – 2017 Awards ceremony



Judging is the responsibility of a global panel of senior management consultants

more on the Judges…


"A valuable opportunity to recognise the significant contribution that practice management professionals make to professional services businesses."
John Connolly, Former Global Managing Director, Deloitte

"MPF Awards recognise the best of the best across professional services firms. Winning an award from an organisation solely focused on distilling best practice is a great achievement."
Simon Beswick, Managing Partner, Osborne Clark

"We are extremely proud to have won the 2015 MPF award for 'Best Financial Management'. This success was only achieved with the contribution of everyone in the finance team. We are particularly pleased that their efforts over a period of substantial growth and change have been recognised at such a high profile event."
Yvonne Barratt, Head of Finance, BDO

"The MPF Awards for Management Excellence set the ultimate benchmark for management of professional services firms. Being shortlisted is already a great achievement, and winning sends an incredibly strong message to the clients, peers, business partners, and employees."
Per Magnusson, Senior Partner and Founder, Magnusson

"These Awards are special because we not only compete with our colleagues in the law sector, but we meet face to face with other companies in the professional services sector. It’s refreshing and a real challenge."
Antonio Garrigues, Chairman, Garrigues

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