Devon And Somerset Law Society Announce Legal Awards’ Shortlist

Devon And Somerset Law Society Announce Legal Awards’ Shortlist

Photography by Nick Hook

On Friday 18th January, the judging day for the Devon and Somerset Law Society Legal Awards 2019 took place at the beautiful Deer Park Country House.

The nine judges spent the day working through the entries and nominations to decide this year’s shortlist.

Alice Bryan, Head of Business Development & Events for Grow Marketing, has been project managing the awards programme and attended the all-important judging day. She commented:

“We are now on the fourth year of these prestigious awards. We are thrilled at the increased level of entries and we have had lots of new firms and individuals signing up this year. I am really looking forward to the awards evening. I want to wish all of those that have been shortlisted good luck and congratulate them in making it this far.”

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A few words from the judges

The judges for this year’s Devon and Somerset Legal Society Awards give their thoughts on the importance of the awards and what they mean to the law professionals of the South West.

Sue Aggett, President of the Devon and Somerset Law Society:

“The Awards are a fantastic way to recognise and celebrate talent within the legal profession ranging from the sole practitioner to large multi partner firms and in-house legal services.”

Dave Hawes, Finance and Infrastructure Director at Devon Air Ambulance:

“The DASLS Legal awards are a great opportunity to share the stories and the achievements in the sector and I’m proud to be part of it.”

Craig Tomes, Legal Account Director at Commercial Managed IT:

“It’s an honour and very exciting to help judge these awards in what is one of the most vibrant and forward-thinking legal regions in the country.”

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Andy Cooper, editor of Devon Life magazine:

“I know what a high standard of law companies we have in the region and that was undoubtedly reflected in the entrants we had to judge … not an easy task by any means.”

Tracyann Tweedie, University of Law, Exeter:

“The legal sector in the South West punches above its weight.”

Kyle Lischak, Head of Legal Services at the Met Office:

“ There have been some very moving stories in past years that underscore the true value of the profession.”

Andrew Cornish, Chief Executive Officer at the Somerset Cricket Club:

“DASLS provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the significant contributions of Devon and Somerset’s Solicitors and staff, giving them positive public exposure for the great work they do.”

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Andrew Allen, Partner at PFK Francis Clark, Truro:

“The awards have been instrumental in encouraging a celebration of all these facets and inspiring others in their future careers.”

The Very Revd Jonathan Greener, Dean of Exeter:

“There’s such a variety of outstanding firms here in Devon and Somerset; I look forward to getting to know them better.”

The DASLS Legal Awards 2019 Shortlist

Corporate Social Responsibility – Sponsored by Devon Community Foundation

  • Gilbert Stephens Solicitors LLP
  • Scott Richards Solicitors
  • Wards Solicitors LLP

Law Firm of the Year (1-10 Partners) – Sponsored by Handelsbanken

  • Bartons Solicitors
  • Beviss & Beckingsale LLP
  • Howard & Over Solicitors LLP
  • South West Mediation
  • Stokes Partners Solicitors
  • The Family Law Company

Law Firm of the Year (11+ Partners) – Sponsored by NatWest

  • Clarke Willmott Solicitors
  • Gilbert Stephens Solicitors LLP

Employer of the Year – Sponsored by Barclays

  • Porter Dodson LLP
  • Scott Richards Solicitors

Team of the Year – Sponsored by Magdalen Chambers

  • Bartons Solicitors, Marine Team
  • Michelmores LLP
  • Porter Dodson LLP
  • Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP
  • South West Mediation
  • Wollen Michelmore LLP

Client Experience – Sponsored by Exeter Racecourse

  • Bartons Solicitors, Marine Team
  • Beviss & Beckingsale LLP
  • Howard & Over Solicitors LLP
  • Porter Dodson LLP
  • Scott Richards Solicitors

Solicitor of the Year – Sponsored by PKF Francis Clark

  • Emma Gray, Everys Solicitors
  • Imran Khodabocus, The Family Law Company
  • James McNally, Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP
  • Cheryl Smith, Boyce Hatton LLP

Leader of the Year – Sponsored by Sampson Hall

  • Kerensa Cooper, Porter Dodson LLP
  • Jamie Dyson, Scott Richards Solicitors
  • Lee Hassall, Bartons Solicitors
  • John Loram and Vicky Lewis, South West Mediation
  • Kirsty Thyer, The Family Law Company

Rising Star – Sponsored by Conveyancing Data

  • Kayleigh Linford, Clarke Willmott Solicitors
  • Mark Meleady, Tozers LLP
  • Hannah Porter, The Family Law Company
  • Elle West, Everys Solicitors

Support Team Member of the Year – Sponsored by DPS Software

  • Isabelle Bailes, Porter Dodson LLP
  • James Edridge, Tozers LLP
  • Kirsty Gard, Boyce Hatton LLP
  • Joanna Lousley, Bartons Solicitors
  • Eleanor Roberts, Boyce Hatton LLP
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Chartered Legal Executive of the Year – Sponsored by Legal Southwest

  • Elizabeth Duncan, Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP
  • Ian Hunt, East Devon Law
  • Carrie Laws, The Family Law Company
  • Caroline Packer, DMR Collation
  • Lisa Payne, Porter Dodson LLP
  • Gemma Rowe, Ashfords LLP
  • Oliver Thorne, Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP
  • Susan Turner, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Legal ‘Hero’ of the Year – Sponsored by Burcher Jennings

no shortlist with winner announced on the night

Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by Managed IT Commercial

no shortlist with winner announced on the night

Sponsors of DASLS Legal Awards 2019

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