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Yorkshire Legal Awards

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21 Oct 2016
I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s Yorkshire Legal Awards at the New Dock Hall in Leeds On Thursday 13th October. The event aims to recognise the outstanding achievements of legal firms and professionals from across the region, and is the perfect setting to get together for a night of celebration and networking.

The evening did not disappoint and it is easy to see why it sells out every year. I was amazed by the grandeur of the room, which housed over 500 legal professionals for the night. We also had the pleasure of BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin being our host for the evening. After being wined and dined it was then time to crown the worthy winners.

The awards ceremony, organised annually by Barker Brooks Communications, publishers of Leeds & Yorkshire Lawyer Magazine had 21 different categories for firms of all sizes to enter, ranging from the Commercial Property Award, Niche Law Firm Award, and the Chambers of the Year Award, as well as awards for individual achievement which included Trainee Solicitor of Year and a special Rising Star award.

Each year the shortlist is judged by a panel of industry experts, all of whom are professionals within the local community. Marilyn Stowe, founder and Senior Partner of Stowe Family Law led the panel for a second year running, joined by Andrew Axon, the former head of chambers at Parklane Plowden, Natalie Cosgrove the President of the Sheffield Law Society, Tom MacDonald the head of the University of Law in Leeds, Karen James a Partner at Ramsdens Solicitors, Sue Harries the President of the Leeds Law Society and Leanne Coyle, Chair of the Leeds Junior Lawyer Division.

I would like to give a huge congratulations to all of the winners at this year’s Yorkshire Legal Award listed below:

The full list of winners are:

Law Firm (1- 10 Partners) – MKB Solicitors
Law Firm (11 - 30 Partners) – Blacks Solicitors
Law Firm (31 + Partners) – Eversheds
Residential Property Award – Taylor & Emmet
Commercial Property Award – Shulmans
Dispute Resolution Award – Switalskis Solicitors
Rising Star Award – Frances Mitchell (Gordons)
Private Client Award – Heptonstalls Solicitors
Niche Law Firm Award – Barton Legal Limited
Corporate and Commercial Award – Squire Patton Boggs
Enterprise Award – James Love Legal
Employment Law Award – DAC Beachcroft
In-house Lawyer Award – Alison Charnock - Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC
Family Law Award – John Crosse - Wakefield MDC
Chambers of the Year – Zenith Chambers
Trainee Solicitor of the Year – Ryan Adams – Shulmans
Pro Bono Award – Uganda Twinning Group - Huddersfield Law Society
Partner of the Year – Rachelle Mahapatra - Irwin Mitchell
Managing Partner of the Year – Neil Wilson - Chadwick Lawrence
President’s Award – Sarah Day - DLA Piper
Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year – Simon Stell - LCF Law
I was extremely proud to be given the opportunity to attend such an event. I was delighted to able to support and celebrate local firms and individuals being rewarded for their fantastic achievements throughout the year.  It was a huge success and I would like to thank everyone involved in organising this event.  

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