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Birmingham Law Society is grateful for the continued support of our sponsors, without whom the Legal Awards would not be possible.

We are pleased to confirm the following sponsors for the Legal Awards 2017.

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The Arthur J. Gallagher Professional Risks Team, based right here in the Midlands, is a specialist division for the placement of Solicitors’ Professional Indemnity Insurance and other associated Law Firm specialty lines of cover.


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Acasta Europe are a leading supplier of After the Event Legal Expenses insurance and Litigation Funding products in conjunction with Sparkle Capital.  Established for over 10 years and operating throughout the UK, they are a local company based in Cheadle.  Acasta have a team of In-house fully qualified Solicitors who not only underwrite all of their policies, but actively work in partnership with their Solicitor clients to develop solutions to the most complex litigation of all types through After the Event Legal Expenses insurance and Funding if required.


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Birmingham City University’s School of Law has been at the forefront of innovative law teaching for more than 40 years. Renowned for its emphasis on professional courses and close links with law firms throughout the region, it has an international reputation as a major centre for academically rigorous legal education and training.


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BPP University Law School is entrusted with training all the future trainees of over 60 leading law firms, most of which operate on the international stage. BPP University Law School has been selected by these firms because of the excellence of its teaching, facilities and materials.


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Landmark Information is the leading provider of environmental and other location-based risk information to the residential and commercial property sectors. Its dedicated, personal approach supports legal and conveyancing professionals in their property due diligence by providing wide range of environmental searches in line with Law Society and SRA requirements. At least 900,000 due diligence reports are produced per annum by Landmark in support of conveyancing transactions.


 

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Midshire is a leading, independent supplier of office-technology equipment, including: photocopiers, printers, managed print services as well as business telecommunications and IT services and support. Established in the Midlands 25 years ago, Midshire now has over 12,000 installations across the UK and is committed to bringing customers quality, innovation and the latest in document security.


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Throughout its 100 year history, No5 Barristers’ Chambers has developed a reputation for breaking new ground and continues to be regarded as a progressive and forward-thinking set. With offices in Birmingham, London, Bristol and Leicester its is well placed to provide expertise at all levels throughout the UK and overseas.


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Redbourne Wealth Management, the Midlands leading independent financial planning and wealth management firm, specialising in working with legal professionals.


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St Philips Chambers, the award winning barristers chambers with offices in Birmingham, Leeds and London, who's objective is to make its exceptional team of barristers the first choice for clients nationally and internationally.


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Titlesolv is the trading name for London & European Title Insurance Services Ltd, one of the pioneers that introduced title insurance to the UK and the Republic of Ireland. 

The company has established itself as an authority in the real estate sector, helping institutional lenders, investors and solicitors to mitigate risk and enhance their processes when conducting residential or commercial property transactions.

Building on 20 years of experience in property markets across Europe, Titlesolv has become much more than just a title insurer and now provides a spectrum of insurance policies across the real estate industry. In response to growing client demand, we expanded our on the ground presence in the Republic of Ireland in early 2015 in order to increase the service we provide to this market.


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The Law Society represents, promotes and supports solicitors. It works to ensure no-one is above the law; to protect everyone’s right to access to justice; to promote England and Wales as the jurisdiction of choice and the vital role legal services play in the economy. Internationally, The Law Society works to open up markets and to defend human rights.

 

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The University of Law (previously known as the College of Law) is the longest-established professional law school. With eight centres nationwide, the Birmingham school is based in the city’s Jewellery Quarter. From the undergraduate LLB all the way through to the PSC for trainee solicitors, the University provides cutting edge legal and commercial training to law firms, businesses and the lawyers of tomorrow.


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The University of Wolverhampton is a leading university and a major player in the UK higher education sector, contributing to knowledge transfer, economic development, wealth creation and social justice.
The University’s mission is to be an employer-focused university connected with its local, national and global communities, delivering opportunity and academic excellence.


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Voice Mobile is one of the largest independent communication providers in the UK. Their work in and around Birmingham over the last year or so has led them to becoming partners of the Society. Their expert advice coincided with a personal touch makes them the perfect company to look after your mobile communications.


If you are interested in sponsoring the Legal Awards, please download the Sponsorship packages here.

 

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THE SHORTLIST

We would like to thank all of those who have taken part in this year's nomination process.
The judges were very impressed with the calibre of nominees and the quality of work being done in Birmingham.


Trainee Solicitor of the Year

Amardeep Bahia Mills & Reeve LLP  
Thomas Edwards Enoch Evans LLP  
Pardeep Lagha Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP  
Matthew McDonald Trowers & Hamlins LLP  
Natalie Moustache Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  
 


Barrister of the Year

Leisha Bond St Philips Chambers  
Gemma Bowes St Ives Chambers  
Sarah Clover Kings Chambers  
Jason Hadden St Ives Chambers  
Edward Pepperall QC St Philips Chambers  
Tariq Sadiq St Philips Chambers  
 


Paralegal of the Year

Subhana Anhu Trowers & Hamlins LLP  
Jaspreet Atwal Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  
Samuel Dawber DWF LLP  
Amandip Dhillon Mills & Reeve LLP  
Kiri Tamber Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  
 


Chartered Legal Executive of the Year

Amanda Holland Sydney Mitchell LLP  
Sam Kent QualitySolicitors Davisons  
Norman Rea Dignity PLC  
Kevin Roberts City of Wolverhampton Council  
Amanda Wootton Gateley Plc  
 


Assistant/Associate Solicitor of the Year

Matthew Cannan Blair Allison  
Tanya Chadha Trowers & Hamlins LLP  
Imogen Francis Shoosmiths LLP  
Sheree Green Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  
Laura Ralfe Irwin Mitchell Solicitors  
 


Corporate Social Responsibility and Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

Gemma Bowes St Ives Chambers  
Lorna Gavin Gowling WLG (UK) LLP  
Abigail Halcarz Shakespeare Martineau  
Nerissa Hatcher DWF LLP  
Linden Thomas The University of Birmingham  
 


Partner of the Year

Michelle Chamberlain Thursfields Legal Limited  
Neil Davies Neil Davies & Partners  
Kathy Halliday Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP  
Richard Santy Mills & Reeve LLP  
Rebecca Warren Pinsent Masons LLP  
 


Corporate Team of the Year

Browne Jacobson LLP
DLA Piper UK LLP
Gateley Plc
Mills & Reeve LLP
Squite Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
 


In-House Legal Team of the Year

Coventry City Council
National Grid Property Holdings Ltd
Trident Social Investment Group
City of Wolverhampton Council
 


Law Firm of the Year (sole practitioners up to 4 partners)

ASR Legal Solicitors
Averta Employment Lawyers
Fountain Solicitors
Greens Solicitors Limited
Neil Davies & Partners
 


Law Firm of the Year (5-15 partners)

Jonas Roy Bloom
QualitySolicitors Davisons
Sydney Mitchell LLP
The Community Law Partnership
Thursfields Legal Limited
 


Law Firm of the Year (16+ partners)

Eversheds LLP
Gateley Plc
Mills & Reeve LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP
Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP
 

 

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THE winners


Trainee Solicitor of the Year
Matthew McDonald - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

 


Barrister of the Year
Edward Pepperall QC - St Philips Chambers

 


Paralegal of the Year
Kiri Tamber - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

 


Chartered Legal Executive of the Year
Norman Rea - Dignity Funeral Services Ltd

 


Assistant/Associate Solicitor of the Year
Sheree Green - Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

 


Corporate Social Responsibility and Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
Lorna Gavin - Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

 


Partner of the Year
Rebecca Warren - Pinsent Masons LLP

 


Corporate Team of the Year
DLA Piper UK LLP

 


In-House Legal Team of the Year
Coventry City Council

 


Law Firm of the Year (sole practitioners up to 4 partners)
Fountain Solicitors

 


Law Firm of the Year (5-15 partners)
The Community Law Partnership

 


Law Firm of the Year (16+ partners)
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

 


Lifetime Achievement Award
Chris Owen

 

 

Winners at the 2016 Legal Awards were:


Trainee Solicitor of the Year

Liz Cooper, DWF LLP

Barrister of the Year

Vinesh Mandalia, No5 Chambers

Chartered Legal Executive of the Year

Andrew Verlander, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

Paralegal of the Year

Jaspreet Atwal, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Assistant/Associate Solicitor of the Year

Kate Oliver, Gateley PLC

Partner of the Year

Inez Brown, Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors

Corporate Social Responsibility/Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

Greg Lowson, Pinsent Masons LLP

Corporate Team of the Year

Eversheds LLP

In-House Team of the Year

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd

Law Firm of the Year (sole practitioners to 4 partners)

Neil Davies & Partners

Law Firm of the Year (5 to 15 partners)

Thursfields

Law Firm of the Year (16 plus partners)

Pinsent Masons LLP

Lifetime Achievement Award

Prof. Bernardette Griffin