Family lawyers in England and Wales celebrated their many successes and outstanding achievements at the sixth annual Family Law Awards last night
Over 500 family lawyers attended the Family Law Awards (principal sponsor 4PB
) at the Bloomsbury Big Top in London to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work and commitment throughout the year amongst the nominees and the profession as a whole.
The excitement was palpable as soon as guests arrived for the drinks reception and revellers watched in wonder as stiltwalkers and acrobats set the tone for a special night. As ever, the sense of camaraderie and companionship that has come to define the family law community was on full display throughout the evening. Sir Mark Hedley once again expertly hosted what was arguably the most magical Awards ever.
The newly added categories for Regional Chambers of the Year in addition to the new Regional Family Law firm of the Year, which has been split into five regions: London, Midlands, North, South and Wales, proved very popular in ensuring that all corners of the country were equally represented.
The shortlist and 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).
In an emotional end to the ceremony, the prestigious Cornwell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Law, sponsored by 4PB, was won by the late Bridget Lindley OBE, Family Rights Group. Bridget was committed to the principle of everyone having the right to fair process and fair treatment, and to the principle of starting with the welfare of the child, including the importance of family to their sense of identity and belonging. For Bridget, a woman whose three children meant the world to her, the central importance of the child was always at the heart of her work.
Christian Fleck, Managing Director, LexisNexis UK, said:
'I’m here this evening because LexisNexis joined forces with Jordan Publishing at the beginning of the year, with the aim of bringing together your favourite titles from both publishers in one seamless online platform. This is the 6th year that the Awards have been held and LexisNexis is proud to bring the family law community together once more to highlight the important work carried out by you and celebrate your commitment, and outstanding achievements.
This year we received more votes and nominations than ever before and reading them gives a sense of the specialist expertise and talent within the profession, not to mention how genuinely committed family law professionals are to their clients and to the principles of fairness and justice.'
Family Law and LexisNexis would like to congratulate all the winners and shortlisted nominees and thank everyone who submitted a nomination and voted.
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Photos of the winners are available on the Family Law Awards website - http://www.familylawawards.com/2016-winnersThe full list of winners is set out below
Family Law Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year
Emine Mehmet, Duncan Lewis Solicitors
Local Authority Family Team of the Year
London Borough of Tower Hamlets Legal Services Social Care Team
Clerking Team of the Year
One Crown Office Row Brighton
International Family Lawyer of the Year
Carolina Marín Pedreño, Dawson Cornwell
Family Law Chartered Legal Executive or Paralegal of the Year
Pam Sanghera, The Family Firm
Family Law Young Solicitor of the Year
Gemma Ellison, QualitySolicitors Jackson Canter
Family Law London Chambers of the Year
1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers
Family Law Regional Chambers of the Year
St John’s Buildings, Manchester
Family Law Associate Solicitor of the Year
Helen Osborn, Kent County Council Legal Services
Family Law Partner of the Year
Barbara Corbett, Benest Corbett Renouf
Family Law Dispute Resolution Practitioner of the Year
Sarah Anticoni, Charles Russell Speechlys
Family Law Commentator of the Year
Gwyn Evans, Tanfield Chambers
Family Law Young Barrister of the Year
Alex Laing, Coram Chambers
Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year
Chris Barnes, 4PB
Family Law QC of the Year
Sally Harrison QC, St John’s Buildings
Family Law Regional Firm of the Year – London
Charles Russell Speechlys
Family Law Regional Firm of the Year – Midlands
Brethertons Solicitors LLP
Family Law Regional Firm of the Year – North
David Gray Solicitors LLP
Family Law Regional Firm of the Year – South
The Family Law Co. by Hartnell Chanot
Family Law Regional Firm of the Year – Wales
Cornwell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Law
(The Late) Bridget Lindley OBE, Family Rights Group