The Law Society Award honours the lifetime contribution of the truly exceptional in the legal profession; the person who has contributed more than anyone could ask and who inspires others in the pursuit of excellence.

The award is based on the criteria of integrity, professional achievement, service, and law reform. The award is made primarily in recognition of contributions to the advancement of the legal profession or the law, but public service outside the profession will be considered.

How to submit a nomination

Nominations for the Law Society Award are currently open and will close on January 10, 2023. To submit a nomination, download and complete the Nomination Form and Consent Form, and send it together with the nominee’s curriculum vitae by email to

Past recipients

Leonard Doust, QC (2020)
Richard C.C. Peck, QC (2018)
Constance D. Isherwood, QC (2016)
John Hunter, QC (2014)
Marvin Storrow, QC (2012)
The Hon. John Charles Bouck (honoured posthumously, 2010)
John McAlpine, QC (2008)
Charles C. Locke, QC (2006)
Richard R. Sugden, QC (2004)
The Hon. Kenneth E. Meredith (2002)
The Hon. E.N. (Ted) Hughes, QC (2000)
The Hon. Martin R. Taylor, QC (1998)
Alfred Watts, QC (1996)
Mr. Justice Peter D. Seaton (honoured posthumously, 1994)
Chief Justice J.O. Wilson (honoured posthumously, 1992)
Oscar F. Orr, MBE, OBC, QC (1988)
Dean Emeritus George F. Curtis, QC (1986)

Law Society Award for 2020

Leonard Doust, QC is the recipient of the 2020 Law Society Award. Doust has made extraordinary contributions to the legal profession and the administration of justice for more than 50 years.

A fearless advocate, kind and generous mentor to young lawyers, many of whom have become prominent lawyers, judges and justices, and renowned for his pivotal Public Commission on Legal Aid, he embodies the best of the profession and service to the public interest.

With the Bench & Bar Dinner postponed due to the pandemic, the Law Society prepared a special video presentation.