Acuity Law solicitor named Rising Star at Wales Legal Awards

Leading commercial law firm Acuity Law is celebrating after one of its own is named Rising Star at an independent awards ceremony.

The firm, which is one of the first to offer a range of qualification routes that incorporates SQE (Solicitors Qualifying Examination) preparation training for its trainee solicitors, starting this autumn, has an impressive future lawyer strategy to attract and nurture more talent. Adam McGlynn has been recognised for the contribution he has made to developing Acuity Law’s leading technology platforms.

Employment Solicitor Adam, based at Acuity’s Cardiff office, took home the gong for Rising Star at the 2022 Wales Legal Awards on Friday May 20, which honoured the efforts of the Welsh legal community at a sold-out event at the Mercure Hotel in Cardiff.

Judges commended Adam commenting ‘His thirst for legal tech coupled with his passion for delivering practical legal solutions has resulted in the development, delivery and execution of bespoke industry-leading legal solutions.’

Adam, 28, originally from London, trained at Acuity before qualifying as a solicitor with Acuity’s employment team in 2020. Aside from assisting his clients, Adam has a passion for technology, which is what really set him apart from his peers in the Rising Star category.

While still a trainee solicitor, Adam utilised his appetite for technology and innovation to develop several products, including a redundancy costs calculator and an IR35 tool. Both products are now used in-house across the employment team and by Acuity’s clients.

He said: “I was really thrilled to take home the Rising Star award and to have my contributions to the company and profession externally recognised. When creating these tools, my ultimate goal was to reimagine and improve how we deliver legal services, creating products that not only make our work as a law firm more efficient, but that are useful for our clients too.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Acuity and how they have supported me, championed my ideas and recognised my contributions. I’m looking forward to progressing in my career with Acuity as they continue to cement themselves as disruptors in the world of legal tech and solutions.”

On Adam’s win, Claire Knowles, Head of Employment and HR at Acuity Law, said: “We couldn’t think of someone more deserving than Adam to take home the Rising Star award. His forward-thinking, innovative nature has led to the development of a series of products that are making a tangible difference to the employment team and our clients.

“Solicitors like Adam are a prime example of why we are so focussed on nurturing our junior talent – they really are the future of the business and the industry as a whole.”

The award looked to recognise someone who has made a significant contribution to legal services through their work; has had a positive social or commercial impact through their actions and whose creativity and hard work can be consistently demonstrated.

Established in 1999, the Acuity team has grown to more than 100 exceptional and instinctively commercial lawyers working throughout the UK, including 25 consultants shaping the business’ growing consultant community.

The firm, which has offices in Cardiff, London and Swansea, has recently launched a Bristol office, prompted by a record number of consultancy hires in the region, and the ambition to increase growth by a further 50% in 2022.

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