Family law community gathers in London for the annual Family Law Awards
Nearly 600 barristers, solicitors, judges, academics and other family law practitioners gathered in central London last night for the prestigious annual Family Law Awards.
During the eighth edition of the annual awards ceremony – once again at the glamorous Ballroom South Bank – guests and sponsors hailed the hard work, drive and successes of individuals, firms and chambers from all over the U.K. Apart from some of London’s biggest chambers, a range of regional firms were present, including Geldards, Stevens & Bolton, Turner Nicholson as well as Redkite Solicitors from Wales.
Most winners were chosen by a judging panel made up of the heads of the Family Law Bar Association, Resolution, CILEx and the Association of Lawyers for Children, along with Family Law and LexisNexis editors and executives. In keeping with tradition, three of this year’s awards were voted for by the family law community, Chartered Legal Executive or Paralegal, Commentator and the Clerking Team awards.
Before the winners were announced, guests were treated to a banquet of whiskey cured salmon and slowly cooked duck leg, and entertainment was provided by up and coming rapper Chris Turner (LINK TO TWITTER VIDEO/STREAM).
The evening was hosted by the respected former family judge Her Honour Isobel Plumstead (LINK TO TWITTER VIDEO OF P KICKING OFF THE CEREMONY), who entertained the crowd with some inside anecdotes, while a batch of prominent industry names took to the stage to confirm 2018’s winners in 18 different categories, most of them first-time nominees.
Winner of the prestigious Cornwell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Law - sponsored by barristers’ chambers 4 Paper Buildings – was none less than the Rt Hon
Sir James Munby (LINK TO VIDEO OF SPEECH), the former President of the family division of the High Court of England and Wales.
Gillian Frances Rivers of Pennington Manches picked up the Family Law Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award, while Nigel Dyer QC went home with the Family Law QC of the Year award.
Among the newbies that managed to make waves in recent years,. Elizabeth Simos of KMJ Solicitors won the award for Young Solicitor of the Year, while Alex Laing, of Coram Chambers came out first in the Young Barrister of the Year category.
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