• Excellence in Business Development

    Larry Cattle Larry Cattle, consultant, CattleConsulting

    An experienced business development professional, Larry has worked in senior roles in law firms for 15 years. After gaining a classic marketing background in his early career with Unilever, he moved into financial services, most notably with NatWest Bank. Larry has been consulting for over 5 years, helping clients with projects ranging from feedback programmes and client insight exercises through to strategies for positioning new firms and practice areas. He also provides training and coaching. Larry is an award winner himself, including one for a coffee based BD idea that has been very successful for a variety of his clients.

    David Yeoman David Yeoward, Founder, Never Second Services LLP

    David Yeoward works with professional services firms to win and retain more profitable business. He is a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor and has specialised in sales and business development for over 15 years. David co-founded Never Second and works closely with professional services firms of all sizes. He advises firms and individual fee earners throughout the business development and account management cycle helping them to woo and win new clients and wow existing ones. David is also Principal of the International Proposals Academy, dedicated to excellence in winning international business.

    Excellence in Client Service

    Elisabeth Davies Elisabeth Davies, chair, Legal Service Consumer Panel

    Elisabeth is the Chair and a founding member of the Legal Services Consumer Panel. She has worked across the advice giving sector where she is a former Trustee of the Immigration Advisory Service. Elisabeth is also a Non-Executive Board Member of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and Chair of the Patient and Carer Network at the Royal College of Physicians. Her career, combining professional and voluntary commitments, has centred on consumer engagement and a deep-seated belief in developing services that are truly consumer-focused. She is currently Deputy Chief Executive at Arthritis Care.

    David Gilroy David Gilroy, director, Stuff & Things, Conscious Solutions Limited

    He is one of the company’s founders & has personally worked with over 300 law firms on their digital marketing strategies including website design, email marketing, lead conversion, social media, SEO, PPC and CRM. David has been around the online world since the times of 2400 baud modems and acoustic couplers. His standing joke is that one day the Internet will take off. He is an acknowledged, engaging, challenging, popular & occasionally rude presenter at legal marketing & in-house seminars all over the UK. His weekends involve his wife, a chocolate labrador, running & golf.

    Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

    Lucy Scott moncrieff Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, founder and partner, Scott-Moncrieff & Associates Ltd

    Lucy Scott-Moncrieff is chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a former President of the Law Society. She is a mental health and human rights solicitor, and managing director of Scott-Moncrieff and Associates, a virtual firm with over 60 consultant lawyers who enjoy the freedom to create their own work patterns and the full support of the firm in doing so. All consultants have the same contract, so equality of opportunity is embedded in the firm's structure. She sits as a part time mental health tribunal judge and is involved in various initiatives to overcome some of the consequences of the decimation of legal aid in recent years.

    Daniel Winderfeldt Daniel Winterfeldt, D&I partner, CMS Mckenna

    Daniel is Head of International Capital Markets and Diversity & Inclusion Partner for CMS, with 15 years-experience practising in the London and New York markets. Daniel is the founder and Co-Chair of the InterLaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks, an inter-organisational forum with over 1,500 members and supporters, through which he has spearheaded the groundbreaking Career Progression Report in the Legal Sector, the Apollo Project on cultural change, and the Purple Reign initiative highlighting LGBT and straight ally role models. Daniel is a member of the Equality & Diversity Committee at the Law Society of England & Wales

    Excellence in International Services

    Marie-Anne Birken Marie-Anne Birken, general counsel, EBRD

    Marie-Anne Birken was appointed General Counsel at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in June 2014. She is responsible for the Office of the General Counsel which includes the Legal department, the Operations Administration Department and the Procurement Department. Ms Birken is a member of the Executive Committee and various other committees of the Bank such as the Operations Committee, Risk Committee and Strategy Planning Committee. Ms Birken joined EBRD from the Asian Development Bank where she was The Secretary and previously served as Deputy General Counsel and as Assistant General Counsel responsible for private sector operations. Ms Birken has extensive emerging markets experience and lived and worked in Asia from 1995 until 2014. She was previously a partner in two international law firms and held the position of regional general counsel at Barclays Bank where she supported corporate banking activities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Ms Birken is a Dutch national; she has a Master’s degree in law from the University of Utrecht and also qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales.

    Alasdair Douglas Alasdair Douglas, chairman, City of London Law Society

    Alasdair is chair of the City of London Law Society, the representative body for the sixty leading commercial law firms based in the City and Canary Wharf and the 17,000 solicitors working there. He spent most of his legal career at Travers Smith where he started its tax department, became managing partner and, eventually, senior partner. He was until recently chair of Aviate Global LLP, an international stockbroking business, and is chair of Cecile Park Publishing, a specialist law and privacy services provider. He has recently been appointed chair of LawWorks.

    Excellence in Learning and Development

    Suzanne Fine Suzanne Fine, director of professional development, Lex Mundi

    Suzanne Fine is director of professional development for Lex Mundi, the largest global association of independent law firms, where she advises on professional development and training for member firms globally. She also has a consultancy firm, Professional Education Solutions Ltd which she set up after five years at Linklaters. At Linklaters, Suzanne was responsible for merging and running the key departments of Knowledge and Learning. She was instrumental in developing and delivering the Linklaters Law & Business School. Prior to joining Linklaters, Suzanne was director of legal training at Lovells (now Hogan Lovells) for six years, and has also held significant senior roles teaching in law schools in the UK, including The College of Law and Nottingham Law School. She is also a qualified barrister and solicitor in England and Wales.

    Dame janet gaymer Dame Janet Gaymer QC, DBE, chair, Management Board of the House of Commons

    Dame Janet is currently a non-executive member of the House of Commons Commission and Chair of the Administration and Members Estimate Audit Committees of the House of Commons. She founded and led the Employment Department of the international city law firm, Simmons & Simmons, before becoming its Senior Partner. After leaving Simmons & Simmons, she was appointed as the Commissioner for Public Appointments and a Civil Service Commissioner. She co-chaired the Consultation Steering Panel for the Review of Legal Education and Training in England and Wales commissioned by the Bar Standards Board, Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Institute of Legal Executives Professional Standards. She is life Vice-President of the Employment Lawyers Association and Honorary Chairman of the European Employment Lawyers Association. She is an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford; an Honorary Doctor of Laws of Nottingham University, the University of Westminster, BPP University and the College of Law and an Honorary Doctor of the University of Surrey.

    Excellence in Marketing & Communications

    Chris DalyChris Daly, chief executive, Chartered Institute of Marketing

    Chris joined CIM (The Chartered Institute of Marketing) in June 2001 as operations manager for the Training Division. Chris then held various posts within the organisation before moving to Membership Services where he was promoted to director of membership in July 2007. In March 2013 Chris became director of customer experience where – for the first time – every customer touch point was placed within a single management team. This represents the full width of the CIM relationship portfolio, ranging from CIM Moor Hall conference centre, training delegates, external lets, awarding body, estates and knowledge library, together with all aspects associated with membership. In March 2016 Chris was appointed chief executive of CIM and is in the process of implementing a fresh change programme to promote relevance and engagement. Educated at Eton College and gaining a BA in modern history, politics and Russian studies from Durham University, Chris acquired a broad spectrum of management experience ranging from roles in the City, the British Army, the Central Office of Information and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

    David Edwards David Edwards, head of marketing and communications, Baker & McKenzie LLP

    David has over 20 years marketing experience working for Global blue-chip organisations across industries as diverse as leisure and entertainment, financial and professional services. Delivering major projects across the full marketing mix including both traditional and digital media, David believes in marketing as a core driver for revenue growth and is passionate about the value that marketing brings to an organisation. Prior to Baker & McKenzie, David worked in a variety of national and international marketing roles at EY, Mercer, Santander and Manpower. David is also a member of the IDM B2B Marketing Council.

    Excellence in Private Client Practice

    Julia Abrey Julia Abrey, partner, Withers Worldwide

    Julia is a solicitor and partner in Withers LLP heading its multi jurisdictional elder law and Court of Protection team with a particular interest in international mental capacity issues. She is chair of STEP’s cross border Mental Capacity Special Interest Group and a regular writer and lecturer on capacity and elder law topics. Julia is one of the two UK members of the US National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Inc. A top rated Court of Protection practitioner in Legal 500 2015 and Chambers 2016 and appearing in Citywealth's 2015 Leaders and Power Women listings, Julia is the STEP Trusted Advisor of the Year 2015/16.

    Gill Steel Gill Steel, director, LawSkills Ltd

    Gill is a compelling seminar, webinar and conference speaker both in-house and at public events with a strong gift for making Wills, Probate, Trusts, Tax and Elderly Client topics practical, engaging, authoritative and informative. She is developing e-learning designs as part of a blend of learning techniques to aid the profession as it moves from a mind-set of ‘courses only’ to more flexible learning. Her website www.lawskills.co.uk curates articles, technical know-how and training information dedicated to the practitioner. 2016 marks the 20th year Gill has worked as a consultant to the legal profession.

    Excellence in Pro Bono

    Justice Robin Knowles The Hon. Mr Justice Robin Knowles CBE

    Sir Robin has a longstanding involvement in the encouragement, development and coordination of legal pro bono work, nationally and internationally. He is Chairman of the Bar Pro Bono Unit, a Trustee of LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group), Patron of the CILEX Pro Bono Trust and a Trustee of the National Pro Bono Centre. He chaired the working group that established the Access to Justice Foundation and he serves as chairman or trustee of a number of advice agencies. A member of the Civil Justice Council, he chairs the Council’s work on litigants in person and access to justice for those without means.

    Jon Robbins Jon Robins, editor, The Justice Gap

    Jon Robins is a freelance journalist. He has written for the national and specialist press for almost 20 years. He runs the JusticeGap (www.thejusticegap.com). Jon won the Bar Council’s legal reporter in 2015 (previously in 2005) and the Halsbury Legal Journalism award 2013. Jon is a visiting lecturer in the journalism department at Winchester University, a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln, a patron of Hackney Community Law Centre and on the advisory committee for the new Centre for Criminal Appeals. Jon’s books include The first miscarriage of justice (Waterside Press, 2014), The Justice Gap: Whatever happened to legal aid? (Legal Action Group, 2009 – with Steve Hynes) and People Power: how to run a campaign (Daily Telegraph and LawPack, 2008).

    Excellence in Technology

    Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah MP, shadow minister for culture media and sport, House of Commons

    Chi Onwurah is a British Member of Parliament representing Newcastle upon Tyne Central and is also Shadow Minister for Culture & the Digital Economy. From Jan 2013 - Sept 2015 Chi was Shadow Cabinet Office Minister leading on cyber security, social entrepreneurship, civil contingency, open government and transparency. From Oct 2010 – Jan 2013 Chi was Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science & Digital Infrastructure working closely with the Science and business community, with industry on Broadband issues, and on the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. Chi continues to encourage women in STEM.

    Prior to Chi’s election to Parliament in May 2010 she worked as Head of Telecom's Technology at the UK regulator Ofcom focussing on the implications for competition and regulation of the services and technologies associated with Next Generation Networks. Prior to Ofcom, Chi was a Partner in Hammatan Ventures, a US technology consultancy, developing the GSM markets in Nigeria and South Africa. Previously she was Director of Market Development with Teligent, a Global Wireless Local Loop operator and Director of Product Strategy at GTS. She has also worked for Cable & Wireless and Nortel as Engineer, Project and Product Manager in the UK and France

    Chi is a Chartered Engineer with a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from Manchester Business School. She was born in Wallsend and attended Kenton Comprehensive School in Newcastle, where she was elected the school’s ‘MP’ in mock elections aged 17.

    Roger Smith Roger Smith, OBE, researcher, journalist and consultant

    Roger Smith OBE is a journalist, researcher and consultant. He writes regular monthly columns for the Law Society Gazette and the New Law Journal. He runs a website for the Legal Education Foundation on access to justice and technology: http://law-tech-a2j.org. He is a solicitor and a former director of the Legal Action Group, JUSTICE and of legal education and training at the Law Society. He is an honorary professor at Kent University and a visiting professor at London South Bank University.

    Excellence In-house

    Peter clark Peter Clark, county solicitor and monitoring officer law & culture, Oxfordshire County Council

    Peter Clark began his career in Local Government as a specialist Child Care Lawyer in 1985. He became Head of Legal Services in Oxfordshire County Council in 2002. Peter sat as a Deputy District Judge for 4 years on the North East Circuit and since 2012 has been an Assistant Coroner for Oxfordshire. He was the Vice Chairman of Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (previously the Area Child Protection Committee) for over 20 years. Within the County Council he has been the principal legal adviser and as the Council’s Monitoring Officer he was responsible for the lawful decision making and conduct of members of the County Council. Peter is now County Director for Oxfordshire County Council responsible for over 4,000 staff, an annual budget of over £500m covering a range of essential public services.

    Sapna Bedi FitzGeraldSapna FitzGerald, legal services director and company secretary, LSL Property Services

    Sapna Bedi FitzGerald is Chair of the Law Society’s In-house Lawyer Division Committee and has previously been an Executive Director and Chair of the C&I Group. She completed her LLB and LPC at the University of Wales, Cardiff College, and qualified in 1998 with the Government Legal Service at the Welsh Office. After two years with Kelda, Sapna worked at the Consumer Credit Trade Association and Aviva (formerly Norwich Union Life), joining LSL Property Services plc in 2004 where she is Legal Services Director and Company Secretary. Sapna is 41, married to Richard, also a lawyer. They live in York and have two children. She has completed the Loch Ness, London and York marathons and is a keen runner.

    Human Rights Lawyer of the Year

    Philip leach Philip Leach, European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, School of Law, Middlesex University

    Philip Leach is Professor of Human Rights Law at Middlesex University, a solicitor, and Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC). He has extensive experience of representing applicants before the European Court of Human Rights and publishes widely in the field of international human rights law. He was a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (which provides advice to the Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody; 2009-2015) and a member of the Harris Review (Independent Review into Self-inflicted Deaths in Prison Custody of 18-24 Year Olds in England & Wales; 2014-2015). He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Society Justice Initiative.

    Sara Chandler Professor Sara Chandler, London South Bank University

    Past President of City of Westminster & Holborn Law Society, and South London Law Society, member of the Law Society Human Rights Committee and Vice President of the Federation of European Bar Associations. Visiting Professor at London South Bank University, she worked for 15 years in Law Centres, 5 years in legal aid firms and 9 years at the College of Law. Sara is a founder member of Colombia Caravana, an international network of lawyers in 18 jurisdictions, which supports lawyers at risk. Sara trained lawyers in Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria working with local Law Societies, establishing networks of legal aid providers, and pro bono schemes. In February 2016 Sara was made an Honorary QC.

    Junior Lawyer of the Year

    Leanne Maund Leanne Maund, committee chair, Junior Lawyers Division

    After reading law at University College London, Leanne completed her LPC at Nottingham Law School in 2012. She qualified as a solicitor in September 2014 and is currently an associate in the corporate team at Mishcon de Reya LLP. Leanne was elected to Vice Chair of the Junior Lawyers Division in November 2014 and became Chair in November 2015. Leanne is committed to supporting junior lawyers and lobbying for matters which are important to them. Wherever they are located, and at whatever stage of their career, Leanne's aim is for all junior lawyers to feel a valued part of a united and inclusive JLD.

    Ali Zaidi Ali Zaidi, partner and head of restructuring & insolvency, Edwin Coe LLP

    Ali Zaidi is a partner and Head of Restructuring & Insolvency and has worked on several high profile Insolvency cases including multi-million pound bankruptcy and corporate Ponzi frauds. He has experience in asset tracing abroad, pursuing and defending claims of misfeasance by directors, conducting Insolvency Act examinations, advising on asset avoidance schemes, pursuing directors personally for deceit and defending directors in disqualification proceedings. He also has extensive experience of commercial litigation matters ranging from fraud investigations to partnership and shareholder disputes. He is a past member of the Disciplinary and Regulatory Committee of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He regularly lectures to groups of Insolvency Practitioners and Chartered Accountants and is a past Law Society Committee Member.

    Solicitor Advocate of the Year

    Sir Gary Hickinbottom The Hon Mr Justice Hickinbottom, justice of the high court and honorary president, Royal Courts of Justice

    Sir Gary Hickinbottom started work in a solicitor’s office in the West Midlands in 1974. He was first appointed a judge in 1994; and, in 2009, he became the fourth solicitor to be made a High Court Judge. He has held various posts in the court and tribunals systems including Parking Adjudicator, Chief Social Security Commissioner, Designated Civil Judge for Wales, Deputy Senior President of Tribunals, QBD Liaison Judge for the Midland, Wales and Western Circuits, and Senior Liaison Judge for Diversity. He currently leads the Administrative Court in Wales.

    June Venters June Venters QC, managing partner, Venters Solicitors

    June Venters QC Solicitor Advocate. First woman solicitor Queen’s Counsel and Senior Partner of Venters Solicitors. June specialises in Social Justice and is a passionate supporter for Access to Justice running a pro bono clinic from a GP’s surgery. A BBC 1 documentary in 1996 was made about June’s working life as a criminal duty solicitor and an updated documentary was filmed by BBC 4 in 2008. June frequently appears in the media. She sits as a Recorder in the Crown and County Court. She is a qualified Civil and Family Mediator and a Lead Facilitator for professional advocacy training of vulnerable witnesses.

    Solicitor of the Year - In-house

    Clare Belcher Clare Belcher, head of legal, global business development & EMEIA region, I Travelex Limited

    Clare is Head of Legal for Travelex’s foreign exchange retail & wholesale businesses in Europe, the Middle East, India & Africa and the central Global Business Development function with additional responsibility for Group Services (IT, HR, Procurement), leading and co-ordinating a team based in London, New York and Sydney. Clare is also an executive director of Travelex’s UK operating subsidiaries. Clare has been at Travelex for 8 years in a number of different global leadership roles, prior to which she worked in private practice specialising in Corporate Finance/M&A at two leading City firms. Clare is also an in-house member of the Law Society Council and was included in the FT’s Part Time Power List in 2013 (recognising the top 50 part-time workers in senior leadership roles in the UK).

    Dennis Hall Dennis Hall, commercial manager and solicitor, Gateshead Council

    Dennis Hall is currently Commercial Manager at Gateshead Council. He is an active member of the Law Society’s In-house Committee and also the Council Membership Committee. He has held a number of national and regional posts representing lawyers in local government; he was Chair of the sector’s Law Society Recognised Group, 2003-2004. Dennis has previously been Borough Solicitor in a north-east local authority and is active in representing local authority solicitors, focusing in particular upon collaborative training initiatives to support colleagues. His work currently involves advising on procurement law and a range of commercial areas.

    Solicitor of the Year - Private Practice

    Elkan AbrahamsonElkan Abrahamson, director, Jackson Canter

    Elkan currently heads the business ethics department at Jackson Canter, based in Liverpool, and has also represented 20 of the Hillsborough families in the recent inquests. A vocal campaigner, he has spoken regarding the duplicitous nature of the South Yorkshire Police’s (SYP) statements, misleading amendments to statements, the loyalty of the government of the day to SYP as a result of their support during the miners’ strike, dubbing the subsequent cover-up a ‘litany of failures’. Elkan is also a specialist in prisoners’ rights law with emphasis on lifers. His work has encompassed arguing for prisoners to have access to voting, condoms and artificial insemination. His experience of controversial cases started with his work arising from the 1981 Toxteth riots, enabling many of those wrongly arrested to sue the police for abusing their powers. He has conducted numerous leading cases including Dickson v UK (artificial insemination); Hirst v UK (right to vote); Watkins v Home Office (Misfeasance in Public Office). He is currently pursuing a campaign through the British and European Courts and with the European Council of Ministers to compel the Government to enable voting rights for prisoners.

    mary kaye Mary Kaye, partner, Shakespeare Martineau

    Mary leads the Private Capital Group at Shakespeare Martineau in Birmingham. Mary is a highly regarded family lawyer dealing with all issues of marriage and relationship breakdown, both nationally and internationally, with a particular emphasis on highly complex financial proceedings. Mary stands out amongst her peers in terms of conducting her own advocacy and is often singled out for her expertise in complicated and serious children cases

    Woman Lawyer of the Year

    Laura Devine Laura Devine, managing partner, Laura Devine Solicitors & Attorneys

    Laura Devine runs an award winning boutique immigration firm with 55 staff with offices in London and New York which provide UK and US immigration advice and have together been described as a “transatlantic powerhouse. Laura and her three female partners are rated by all legal directories in the top tier of immigration firms.

    Mary ann wright Mary Ann Wright, partner and head of family, DWF LLP

    Qualifying in 1996 Mary-Ann is a Partner at DWF LLP. Ranked by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 she is Head of Family Law at DWF’s City of London, Birmingham and Bristol offices. Mary-Ann was elected Chair of the Women Lawyer’s Division of England & Wales in 2013. She is a former Chair of the Young Solicitors Group of England & Wales and winner of the Law Society’s inaugural Pro Bono Award for outstanding contribution to pro bono services. Mary-Ann was shortlisted for the BSN Diversity Awards in 2015. She was recently appointed Chair of the influential London Chamber of Commerce Economy and Enterprise Committee. A Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Solicitors, Mary-Ann sits on the Livery Committee, which was established in 2014 to attract new members from more diverse backgrounds. She is also a member of the City of London Law Society and a long standing Area Representative of the Solicitor’s Benevolent Association. Mary-Ann was also a member of the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal’s Committee 2013/2014, which helped raise over £2 million. Known as a formidable networker, she is also a long serving Ambassador of the London Chamber of Commerce.