Accepting the award, Edgar Venal said: "This is recognition that I am, of course, the best family lawyer in the country, and of the senselessness of instructing anyone else. Perhaps other family lawyers will now realise the utter futility of their pathetic efforts to do a decent job for a reasonable reward."
Second came Sir Nicholas "Tenerife" Mostyn, for his devotion to the cause in dealing with urgent family law matters, even whilst sunning himself on the
Third place went to John Hemming MP. Although not strictly a family lawyer, it was felt that John had demonstrated a deep understanding of the subject, and had done more than any family lawyer to promote the excellence of the family justice system.