LALYs 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s LALYs has been announced featuring the Belfast firm representing families of the 21 Birmingham pub bombings victims and the solicitor who successfully challenged the government over the detention of unaccompanied refugee children.

The winners of this year’s LALYs, launched to celebrate the work of legal aid lawyers and now in their 15th year, will be announced by Baroness Doreen Lawrence at a ceremony on July 5 2017. ‘The calibre of this year’s nominations was staggeringly high, and a real reflection of the expertise, grit and compassion which characterises the legal aid sector,’ commented Legal Aid Practitioners Group director Carol Storer. The LALYs are run by the LAPG.

KRW Law has been nominated for legal aid firm category by the Justice4the21 campaign. ‘This incredible law firm has provided the families still grieving the loss of their loved ones with the most professional and powerful legal representation,’ said Julie Hambleton, whose sister was among the victims. ‘The whole team has been available to us 24 hours a day, every day. They investigate any new information as it becomes available, with a level of immediacy that would put many police forces to shame.’

Nottingham-based social welfare solicitor Stuart Luke was nominated by the British Refugee Council. He acted in AA (Sudan) v Home Secretary which led to a reduction in the number of age-disputed unaccompanied refugee children in detention.


Children’s Rights

  • Jennifer Twite, Just for Kids Law
  • Solange Valdez-Symonds, Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens/ Migrant Resource Centre
  • Melanie Stooks, G T Stewart

Criminal Defence

  • Zoe Gascoyne, Quinn-Melville
  • Graeme Hydari, Hodge Jones & Allen
  • Jude Lanchin, Bindmans

Family Private including Mediation

  • Mark Gilmartin, Wilson Solicitors
  • Mary Shaw, David Gray Solicitors
  • Amardeep Pattni, Sternberg Reed

Family Public

  • Sheila Donn, Philcox Gray Solicitors
  • Deborah Piccos, TV Edwards Solicitors
  • Heather Thomas, Creighton & Partners

Immigration and Asylum

  • Kaweh Beheshtizadeh, Barnes Harrild and Dyer
  • Toufique Hossain, Duncan Lewis Solicitors
  • Marcela Navarrete, Wilson Solicitors

Legal Aid Barrister

  • Brenda Campbell, Garden Court Chambers
  • Jesse Nicholls, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Philip Rule, No5 Chambers

Legal Aid Firm/Not for Profit Agency

  • Community Law Partnership
  • Harrow Law Centre
  • KRW Law

Legal Aid Newcomer

  • Jennifer Blair, No 5 Chambers
  • Paul Clark, Garden Court Chambers
  • Ravi Naik, Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors
  • Tom Royston, Garden Court North

Public Law

  • Dr Keith Lomax, Minton Morrill Solicitors
  • Katy Robinson, Wilsons Solicitors LLP
  • Christopher Stanley, KRW Law

Social and Welfare

  • Laura Hobey-Hamsher, Bindmans LLP
  • Manjit Mandair, Osbornes Solicitors
  • Gareth Mitchell, Deighton Pierce Glynn
  • Stuart Luke, Bhatia Best

Access to justice through IT

  • Advicelocal, Lasa
  • Law for Good, Legal Geek
  • Advicenow, Law for Life


About Jon Robins

Jon is a journalist and has written about the law and justice for the national papers and specialist press for more than 15 years. Jon is a visiting journalism lecturer at Winchester University, a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln and patron of Hackney Community Law Centre. He has won the Bar Council’s legal reporter of the year award twice (2015 and 2005). Jon is editor and co-founder of LegalVoice

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