Devon & Somerset Legal Awards 2020 Drawing Closer

Devon & Somerset Legal Awards 2020 Drawing Closer

The days are getting lighter and our winter-long dreams of summer sun are edging closer to fruition. Christmas is a distant memory and the legal community of Devon & Somerset are dusting off their tuxes and ballgowns with the annual Devon & Somerset Law Society Legal Awards 2020 at Exeter Cathedral drawing near.

This year, Devon & Somerset Law Society (DASLS) are proud to welcome Commercial IT Services back as Headline Sponsors, who commented,

We are delighted to support this year’s Awards and have been really impressed once again by the quality of the entries and the many stories of innovation, commitment and excellence which exist in all of the firms participating.”

Category Sponsors include PKF Francis Clark, Magdalen Chambers, Legal Southwest, Kies Consulting, ITEC, Howden, Exeter Racecourse, DPS Software , Conveyancing Data Services and Cathedral Appointments. They are also delighted to have Lockton back again this year as the Welcome Drink Sponsor.

Commenting on the ‘DASLS-ing’ evening planned for 30th April, Tony Steiner, Executive Director of DASLS, explained:

“Last year’s stunning event exceeded our expectations and has established DASLS Legal Awards as the premier event for Solicitors in the area. Congratulations to all of our 2020 finalists too. This year’s event is set to be another incredible celebration of good service and high standards in the Solicitors’ profession across Devon & Somerset.”

The 2020 Awards and Dinner will be far from a re-run of 2019 though. Together with their strategic marketing and events partner, Grow Marketing, DASLS are working hard to make sure that it is a unique and exciting night in its own right. One major development is the introduction of a brand new category – Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year.

The standard of entries this year have been as high as ever, as noticed by one of the esteemed judges Andy Cooper, Editor of Devon Life who commented,

“Once again it was a very enjoyable experience to judge the DASLS Legal Awards and to see all the good work being practised by legal professionals across the two counties. The standard was as high as it always is – if not better – and it was a truly tough job choosing our finalists. To even be shortlisted for an award is something to be proud of and an acknowledgement that your efforts on behalf of your clients are not going unrecognised.”

And here are a list of the amazing finalists who have been shortlisted for the 2020 awards:

Corporate Social Responsibility
Browne Jacobson LLP
Gilbert Stephens Solicitors LLP
Porter Dodson Solicitors and Advisors
Scott Richards Solicitors

Law Firm of the Year (up to £3M turnover)
Sponsored by Howden
Bartons Solicitors
Darby & Darby Solicitors 
Howard & Over LLP
Rosie Bracher Solicitors LLP

Law Firm of the Year (£3M+ turnover)
Sponsored by Legal SouthWest
Porter Dodson Solicitors and Advisors

Employer of the YearS
ponsored by Cathedral Appointments
Cartridges Law
Porter Dodson Solicitors and Advisors
Rosie Bracher Solicitors LLP

Team of the Year
Sponsored by Magdalen Chambers
WiTT Team, Boyce Hatton LLP
Children Team, Cartridges Law
Private Client Team, Everys Solicitors
Exeter Family Court Clinic Team, 
Rosie Bracher Solicitors LLP Team
Rebrand Team, Wollens

Client Experience
Sponsored by Exeter Racecourse
Bartons Solicitors Marine Team
Porter Dodson Solicitors and Advisors
Rosie Bracher Solicitors LLP

Solicitor of the Year
Sponsored by PKF Francis Clark
Jane Chanot, The Family Law Company
Christopher Linton, Wollens
Ramin Shamsolahi, Rosie Bracher Solicitors LLP
Emma Slade, Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP

Leader of the Year
Sponsored by Kies Consulting
Donna Hart, The Family Law Company
Ian Hunt, East Devon Law
Rebecca Procter, Wollens
Ian Walker, Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors

Rising Star
Sponsored by Conveyancing Data Services
Aimee Aspinall, Tozers LLP
Jade Baskerville, Rosie Bracher Solicitors LLP
Jasmine Moxey-Butler, Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP
Hannah Porter, The Family Law Company
Leanne Yendell, Cartridges Law

Support Team Member of the Year
Sponsored by ITEC
Tina Buckley, Tozers LLP
Sharlene Curley and Michelle Brailey, Rosie Bracher Solicitors LLP
Kit Hounsell, Wollens
Clara Montgomery, Darby & Darby Solicitors
Rebecca Pleece, Tozers LLP
Cassie Saunders, The Family Law Company
Kerry Widdicombe, Scott Richards Solicitors

Chartered Legal Executive of the Year
Melanie Burton, Tozers LLP
Sarah Heath, Gilbert Stephens Solicitors LLP
Ian Hunt, East Devon Law
Judith Manser, Wollens
Caroline Packer, DMR Collation
Gemma Sparks, The Family Law Company

Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year
Tracey Baker, Woollcombe Yonge LLP
Rosie Bracher, Rosie Bracher Solicitors LLP
Grace Bradley, The Family Law Company
Rachel Carter, Wollens
Faye Newbery, Cartridges Law
Kim Stradling, Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors

Good luck to all the nominees!

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