Keystone Law Middle East’s sister firm, Keystone Law, was crowned Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2020.

It is the first time in the awards’ 26-year history that the top prize has been handed to a non-traditional law firm, having previously been won by some of the UK’s biggest firms including Clifford Chance, Pinsent Masons and Mischon de Reya.

Keystone was highlighted as this year’s big winner for being a pioneer in the legal sector, which since its launch in 2002 has been on an upward growth trajectory, attracting heavyweight lawyers from traditional law firms, all the while providing complete autonomy and freedom. The judges commented that during the coronavirus pandemic “Keystone’s model has been vindicated in spades” and thanks to its innovative use of technology and modern working practices “the firm is lightyears ahead” in enabling lawyers to work remotely and provide high-quality service to clients.

The firm was also praised for its achievements over the last 12 months, which included launching Keystone Law Middle East in the United Arab Emirates with an office in the Abu Dhabi Global Market. The Middle East operations are substantially the same business model as the UK and is attracting significant levels of interest from senior lawyers across the region. Keystone Law Middle East has plans to open a second office in Riyadh and one in Dubai in the near future.

The accolade follows a rigorous judging process, which included analysing The Lawyer’s proprietary data and market insight alongside input from a judging panel of industry experts.

Saleem Khokhar, Chief Operating Officer of Keystone Law Middle East, said:

“I am delighted that Keystone has won this coveted award, which is testament of its pioneering approach to the law firm model. Thanks to the innovative team, we have been able to launch a first-rate alternative to traditional law firms in the Middle East, all the while providing the best service possible to our clients in an efficient and flexible way. To win this award is an outstanding achievement and we look forward contribute to Keystone’s ongoing success.”

The Lawyer Awards, celebrated virtually this year, showcase stand-out teams and transactions across the legal profession and are widely recognised as the industry-leading awards.