LALYs 2018 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s LALYs has been announced. According to the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, a three public law solicitors who were behind some of last year’s most significant legal challenges have been selected as finalists for the 16th Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards. Pic from LALYs 2016.

Harriet Wistrich, from Birnberg Peirce and who acted in the landmark judicial review of the parole board’s decision to release black cab rapist John Worboys, Liberty’s Emma Norton, from Liberty, who represents families in the Deepcut Barracks inquests, and Nancy Collins, from Hodge Jones & Allen have all been shortlisted for the public law award.

There is a new practice management category. ‘The LALYs are known for celebrating those lawyers whose skills and commitment directly transform the lives of so many vulnerable people – and rightly so,’ commented LAPG director Carol Storer. ‘However, this year, we also wanted to recognise those practice managers who do vital work behind the scenes so firms and agencies can stay afloat and keep providing a service to clients, and whose contribution is rarely publicly acknowledged. As one nomination said, “practice managers do not get cards or flowers from clients at the end of each success”.’

  The winners will be announced by Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE at a ceremony in central London on 17 July.


Children’s Rights – Sponsored by Anthony Gold
Alex Rook                                           Irwin Mitchell LLP

Dan Rosenberg                                 Simpson Millar LLP

Silvia Nicolaou Garcia                    Simpson Millar LLP


Criminal Defence – Sponsored by DG Legal
Aika Stephenson                             Just for Kids Law

Paris Theodorou                             Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Helen White                                    Howells Solicitors


Family including Mediation – Sponsored by Resolution
Tony McGovern                              Creighton & Partners

Lesley Monkhouse                         David Gray Solicitors LLP

Philip Wilkins                                 Hudgell & Partners Solicitors


Practice Manager – Sponsored by Accesspoint
Adam Makepeace                           Tuckers Solicitors LLP

Richard Prust                                   Watson Woodhouse Solicitors

Sally Thompson                               Luqmani Thompson & Partners


Housing – Sponsored by Garden Court Chambers
Kate Hignett                                      Henry Hyams Solicitors

Giles Peaker                                      Anthony Gold Solicitors

Miles Richardson                             Citizens Advice Southend


Legal Aid Barrister – Sponsored by The Bar Council
Martha Cover                                    Coram Chambers

Alev Giz                                               1 Garden Court

James Stark                                        Garden Court North Chambers


Legal Aid Firm/Not for Profit Agency – Sponsored by The Law Society
Barking & Dagenham Citizens Advice

Ealing Law Centre

Greater Manchester Law Centre


Legal Aid Newcomer – Sponsored by Friends of LALY18
Joanna Bennett                                 Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Lewis Kett                                           Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Catherine Oborne                              Garden Court Chambers

Ifeanyi Odogwu                                  Garden Court Chambers


Public Law – Sponsored by Irwin Mitchell
Nancy Collins                                    Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

Emma Norton                                    Liberty

Harriet Wistrich                                 Birnberg Peirce


Social and Welfare – Sponsored by Tikit
Julie Cornes                                       Simpson Millar LLP

Sophie Freeman                                Coram Children’s Legal Centre

Caroline Hurst                                   Switalskis Solicitors


Access to Justice through IT
CaseRatio                                            Tuckers Solicitors LLP

KIM                                                      The Jeanie Project

DIYLaw                                                Law for Good


The judges will also be making an award for Outstanding Achievement. There is no shortlist for this award.


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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