The Law Society Gazette Legal Personality of the Year 2012
Karen Todner, Kaim Todner
Managing director of Kaim Todner, Karen Todner has been at the forefront of high profile extradition cases for clients such as 'Pentagon hacker' Gary McKinnon and the 'Crete 5'. In such cases, the full force of not one, but two, nation states have been trained on her clients. In addition to her superlative defence of their direct interests, she has also created incredible public pressure on the unbalanced laws trained on these individuals.
Kathryn Ludlow, Linklaters
As Linklaters' first global pro bono partner, Ludlow has driven projects that have set a pro bono benchmark for other international firms. Matters involving more than one office have increased dramatically, and the firm's innovative 'venture catalyst' approach has frequentl focused on activities that successfully attract external funds to socially important causes.
Saimo Chahal, Bindmans LLP
Head of the civil liberties and social welfare team at Bindmans, Saimo Chahal has placed the practice, and her own cases, at the progressive edge of the law – always with an acclaimed focus on the interests of her often vulnerable clients. As well as setting numerous legal precedents, her work on cases such as this year's 'right to die' case have publicly increased the pressure for changes in the laws that affect her clients' interests.
David Allen Green, Preiskel & Co
As prolific blogger and commentator Jack Of Kent, media and technolgy lawyer David Allen Green balances high profile social media and libel instructions with tireless efforts to explain the law and its significance to a wider audience. The judging panel felt that if more lawyers were this engaged with public discourse, the legal perspective on society's challenges would be more widely understood.
Tim Jones, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
A corporate partner and former London managing partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Jones was lead partner for the firm's work for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. His role stretched from support for the Games project from an early stage of the bid, to managing the mammoth project of co-ordinating the complex advice that enabled the Games to be delivered.