1kbw is proud to be sponsoring the new category of Legal Aid Champion at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards 2014

LEGAL AID ‘OSCARS’ SEEK LEGAL AID CHAMPION

NOMINATION PERIOD ENDS 1 APRIL 2014.

The 2014 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards – the only awards celebrating the work of access to justice lawyers – are officially launched today (25 February 2014).

This year sees the introduction of new award categories for: Family Mediation, Housing, Inquests/Actions Against State – and Legal Aid Champion. See full list of 12 awards, below.

Carol Storer, director of LAPG, says: ‘After a turbulent and difficult year for practitioners, the Legal Aid Champion award is aimed at recognising campaigners and others who have fought so hard to protect the scheme and the clients it serves.’

LAPG has organised the LALY awards every year since 2003 on a not-for-profit basis.

The judging panel will be chaired by Lord Justice Andrew McFarlane, who sits in the court of appeal and has been a long-term supporter of the awards. He will be joined this year by the former DPP Keir Starmer QC, and journalist and Independent columnist Owen Jones, along with other leading legal figures.

Carol Storer says: Every year, the LALY judges are moved and impressed by the calibre of nominations we receive, which really do reflect the exceptional work being done by lawyers at the legal aid coalface.’

The deadline for nominations is 1 April and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in central London on 5 June 2014. For more information and tickets: www.lapg.co.uk

Nominations are being sought in 11 categories:

Criminal defence

Sponsored by Accesspoint

Family legal aid

Family mediation

Sponsored by Resolution

Legal aid firm/Not for profit Agency

Sponsored by The Law Society

Social and welfare

Sponsored by Tikit

Housing

Sponsored by CILEx

Immigration/Asylum

Sponsored by DNA Worldwide

Inquests/Actions against state

Sponsored by Wesleyan for Lawyers

Legal aid newcomer

Sponsored by Co-operative Legal Services

Legal aid barrister

Sponsored by Irwin Mitchell

Legal aid champion

Sponsored by 1 King’s Bench Walk

The judges will also be making an award for:

Outstanding achievement

Sponsored by Matrix Legal Aid Link

LALY media partner

Legal Action Group

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@LALYawards

#LALY14

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www.facebook.com/LALYawards

Nomination form

http://www.lapg.co.uk/sites/default/files/LAPG_NomForm_WEB.pdf

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT

Carol Storer, LAPG director

Carol.storer@lapg.co.uk

020 7833 7431/ 07801 593963

Fiona Bawdon, LALY organiser

Fiona.bawdon@blueyonder.co.uk

020 8211 0903/ 07740 644474

ABOUT LAPG:

LAPG is the leading membership organisation for legal aid lawyers, providing a wide range of services and support. LAPG has been at the forefront of campaigning to protect vital client services in the face of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act and the Transforming Legal Aid consultations.

www.lapg.co.uk