International Management Excellence Awards 2023

Well-managed firms are more productive and more attractive to clients

These important annual International Management Excellence Awards uniquely recognise the contribution of leadership and management to the business of professional services firms based worldwide.

Now in their 21st year, they involve rigorous independent evaluation of initiatives that demonstrate superior business practices, support to clients, or community engagement.

The Awards attract entries from firms based in the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe, Middle East, North America and Asia Pacific. Over 200 firms have entered to date, many on multiple occasions.

Key 2023 dates

Ceremony: Thursday 15 June from 5pm to 7pm in the London Skylounge


Instead of shoehorning an initiative into a pre-determined category, choose the Theme that best reflects the aspirations of your initiative. Your firm can submit up to three entries per Theme per country. 

1. Business Theme – Make your business more productive

With almost everyone working from home for some of the time, a key challenge for management is how best to foster productive, healthy and sustainable working practices, and to sustain innovation.

Shortlisted firms

Category: Best use of technology


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner




Category: Best sustaining culture

Bird & Bird



Walker Morris



2. Community Theme – Enable your community to flourish 

Given finance and cash flow carry most weight in partner/director discussions, it is easy to de-prioritise community contribution. However, this remains an excellent way for firms to develop their people in terms of both individual skills and teamwork, and to enhance the firm’s employer brand for new recruits, as well as boost the engagement of current employees, while improving the community of which they are also a part.

Shortlisted firms

Category: Best community programme

A&L Goodbody

Eversheds Sutherland

Kingsley Napley

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan


3. Client Theme – Help your clients be more productive 

The pandemic has brought clarity over the advisers who are truly client-centric. Does your front line describe themselves solely by reference to their expertise (law, accountancy, architecture, etc.) or also by their contribution to their clients? Delivering the latter may involve collaboration with external specialists such as consultants and financial institutions. 

Shortlisted firms

Category: Best client support


A&L Goodbody

Knight Frank

Lancer Group

Mason Hayes & Curran


Category: Best client experience

Bird & Bird






Ceremony in the London Skylounge

The London Skylounge is a state-of-the-art digital events venue with real networking and socialising that is extremely easy to use. You can see who is sat where, go over to join someone, message them, check out their business card and more.

Why online? Less time commitment for attendees, making the ceremony more accessible; Improved inclusiveness; Massively reduced emissions; Lower costs, particularly for those based outside the UK; Less hurried live interviews with winners, enhancing the learning transfer re their fantastic achievements.


Each submission involves a fee of £250 + VAT.  Membership of the Managing Partners’ Forum is NOT a pre-requisite.


Leading consultants, business thinkers and experts, based in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia, selected solely on the basis of their expertise.