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Solicitor of the Year - Private Practice 2012

Private practice 2012 winner

Winner

David Enright, Howe & Co Solicitors
David Enright is a tireless campaigner on behalf of disadvantaged groups. He challenged an advertising campaign for Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, that portrayed the Traveller community in negatively stereotyped ways. The resulting Advertising Standards Authority report represents a huge step forward for the Traveller community, as the first time a national broadcaster has been held to account for its portrayal of Travellers and Gypsies.

Shortlisted

Tony Cherry, DAC Beachcroft LLP
Tony Cherry's support for and promotion of local and national pro bono services has been unstinting. His commitment has been instrumental in setting up the South West Legal Support Trust, raising over £11,000 for distribution to pro bono organisations and providing vital services during the economic downturn.

Gill Edwards, Pannone
After a battle through the High Court and Court of Appeal Gill Edwards secured a landmark human rights victory at the Supreme Court, leading to a change in the law for adult psychiatric patients and their parents. Gill has been nominated as one of the leading medical negligence and human rights lawyers.

David Enright, Howe & Co Solicitors
David Enright is a tireless campaigner on behalf of disadvantaged groups. He challenged an advertising campaign for Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, that portrayed the Traveller community in negatively stereotyped ways. The resulting Advertising Standards Authority report represents a huge step forward for the Traveller community, as the first time a national broadcaster has been held to account for its portrayal of Travellers and Gypsies.

Thomas Kendra, Hogan Lovells
Thomas Kendra, senior associate at Hogan Lovells, is nominated for Solicitor of the Year for his pro bono work helping to establish a new centre to aid efficient dispute resolution in Rwanda and throughout East Africa.

Julia Onslow-Cole, PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP
Julia Onslow-Cole has been nominated as a truly innovative leader, and for her strategic partnerships with her clients and unique insight. The prime minister, deputy prime minister, home secretary and minister for Immigration invited Julia's opinion on their immigration policy this year.

Paul Rumley, Withy King Solicitors LLP
Clinical negligence specialist Paul Rumley demonstrated exceptional determination and personal drive, leading an intensive PR campaign to oppose the cuts to legal aid and restore access to justice for severely disabled children.

Anna Mills, Hogan Lovells
Anna Mills has worked tirelessly in three ground-breaking and high-profile pro bono cases, dedicating more than 800 hours of her time to ensure positive outcomes for her clients. She does this as well as keeping on top of a very busy caseload and bringing up a family, providing a great role model for women lawyers in the City.

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