The Shortlist 2023

Thank You

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 sponsored by The University of Law

  • Monika Gagat, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
  • Grace Hallam, Weightmans LLP
  • Nikita Pierpoint, Bevan Brittan LLP
  • Phoebe Smart, Irwin Mitchell LLP
  • Sophie Warren, Shoosmiths LLP

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR sponsored by BPP University

  • Caira Baker, Capsticks Solicitors LLP
  • Alexander Bradbury, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
  • Sinead Jones, Kennedys Law LLP
  • Tom Reeves, Weightmans LLP
  • Renee Tombs, Bevan Brittan LLP

PARALEGAL OF THE YEAR sponsored by Landmark Information Group

  • Manaar Dayoub, Capsticks Solicitors LLP
  • Liberty Green, Weightmans LLP
  • Raipreet Singh Phull, Weightmans LLP
  • Chanel Quigley, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
  • Hayley Webb, Greens Solicitors Ltd

SOLICITOR OF THE YEAR sponsored by Cornwall Street Barristers

  • Michelle Chapman, Irwin Mitchell LLP
  • Fiona Farrell, Irwin Mitchell LLP
  • Mariyam Harunah, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
  • Jonathan Lewis, Capsticks Solicitors LLP
  • Sharon Thandi, Devonshires Solicitors

BARRISTER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Birmingham City University

  • Marc Brown, St Philips Chambers
  • Louise Corfield, No5 Barristers’ Chambers
  • Aimee Fox, 3PB Barristers
  • Yolanda Pemberton, St Philips Chambers
  • Alexander Pritchard-Jones, No5 Barristers’ Chambers

PARTNER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Eminent Crisis Management Group Limited

  • Ruth Griffin, Gowling WLG
  • Mark Hands, Irwin Mitchell LLP
  • Ian Jones, Spencer Shaw Solicitors Ltd
  • Christopher Plumley, Trowers & Hamlins
  • Shivaji Shiva, VWV

BLS PRO BONO AWARD sponsored by Keele University

  • Elena Goodfellow, Bevan Brittan LLP
  • William Horwood, St Philips Chambers
  • Sibon Phiri, United Legal Access
  • Faizan Sadiq, Greens Solicitors Ltd

BLS EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY AWARD sponsored by The College of Legal Practice

  • Bridging the Bar
  • Capsticks Solicitors LLP
  • Shakespeare Martineau
  • Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
  • Thursfields Legal Ltd

BLS IN-HOUSE AWARD sponsored by Eminent Crisis Management Group Limited

  • Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games
  • Bal Atwal, West Midlands Police
  • Tamina Greaves, Crown Prosecution Service
  • Neena Janda, Zappi
  • Kuldip Kaur, HSBC Bank PLC


  • Chase Morgan Solicitors
  • Fountain Solicitors
  • Neil Davies & Partners
  • Spencer Shaw Solicitors Ltd
  • Tenet Compliance & Litigation Ltd


  • Enoch Evans LLP
  • George Green LLP
  • Higgs LLP
  • Sydney Mitchell LLP
  • The Wilkes Partnership LLP

LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (NATIONAL) sponsored by St Philips Chambers 

  • Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
  • Gateley Legal PLC
  • Gowling WLG
  • Shoosmiths LLP
  • Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by No5 Barristers’ Chambers

The lifetime achievement award is presented to a lawyer who has excelled in their career and who has made a phenomenal contribution to our legal community.
The winner of this award is, most certainly, recognised as a leader in their field and as someone who has contributed to the profession in many ways.
The award recognises outstanding achievement, and representation of the profession. The winner of the award is selected by the President of Birmingham Law Society who will outline the reasons for selection of the candidate later this evening.