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  • Find out more below about some of our winning, highly commended and shortlisted entries from 2017. You can also view videos featuring other winners' inspiring stories.
  • Ahmed Aydeed

    Ahmed qualified as a solicitor in May 2015 and currently practices in the Public Law and Immigration Department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors. Find out more about why Ahmed became our Junior Lawyer of the Year at the Excellence Awards 2017.

    Lucy Claridge, Tobias Garnett and Toufique Hossain

    We take a look at our three champions in the Human Rights Lawyer of the Year category 2017 - an award that celebrates excellence and outstanding achievement in human rights work.

    Zoe Gascoyne

    We take a look at Zoe Gascoyne's successes to date, including winning the Solicitor of the Year - Private Practice award at the Excellence Awards 2017.

    Hillyer McKeown

    Chester-based firm Hillyer McKeown chose their National Apprenticeship Week 2017 campaign to celebrate apprentices and demonstrate their commitment to being an "employer of choice" for talent. The "ladder of opportunity" theme promoted career progression while encouraging businesses to consider apprenticeships. Diverse internal and external communications were integrated to maximise the impact.


    North east based charity Legacare provides access to free legal advice, assistance and continued support to patients without financial or social means who are diagnosed with terminal and life-limiting illnesses. Founder Meg Kirby, a solicitor, was inspired to set up the charity after spending time at the hospital with her father, where she realised that other patients in a similar position had no access to legal advice at the most vulnerable time in their lives.


    Legal services business LHS share how their creation of a digital hub for SMEs to access legal advice saw them achieve highly commended in the Excellence in Technology category at the Excellence Awards 2017.


    The Optivo Legal Team passionately engage with their client's residents who are vulnerable and either homeless or suffering from anti-social behaviour (ASB). Their enhanced involvement not only provides support for the residents, but also ensures they meet their objectives in 98% of their litigated cases.

    London Luton Airport's General Counsel (GC) Swati Paul

    London Luton Airport's General Counsel (GC) Swati Paul talks us through facilitating a major project at the airport, the subject of her winning entry in the Solicitor of the Year – In-house category at the Excellence Awards 2017.

    Wollen Michelmore

    Wollen Michelmore has grown significantly over recent years, becoming one of the largest firms in Devon. The firm's heavyweight and empathetic private client team always puts its clients' needs first and, as a result, has evolved its services to reflect and support the needs of the ageing and vulnerable local demographic.