DASLS Legal Awards 2019 Winners Revealed

DASLS Legal Awards 2019 Winners Revealed

By Sofy Robertson

Lead photo by Sofy Robertson. Additional photos provided by Devon and Somerset Law Society and the winning law firms

The highly anticipated Devon & Somerset Legal Awards 2019 took place tonight against the stunning backdrop of Exeter’s Cathedral. Legal firms from across the South West attended, hoping to walk away with a bespoke Dartington crystal trophy and, of course, recognition of their contribution to the legal profession. So without further ado, let’s reveal the DASLS Legal Awards 2019 Winners.

Employer of the year award

Winner: Porter Dodson LLP

Category Sponsor: Barclays

Porter Dodson Solicitors logo.

Client Experience Award

Highly Commended: Porter Dodson LLP

Winner: Beviss & Beckingsale LLP

Category Sponsor: Exeter Racecourse

Beviss and Beckingsale logo.

Corporate social responsibility award

Highly Commended: Scott Richards Solicitors LLP

Winner: Gilbert Stephens Solicitors LLP

Category Sponsor: Devon Community Foundation

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors logo.

Leader of the year award

Highly Commended: Kirsty Thyer from The Family Law Company

Winner: John Loram and Vicki Lewis from South West Mediation  

Category Sponsor: Sampson Hall

Vicki Lewis and John Loram from South West Mediation
Winners of the Leader of the Year Award: Vicki Lewis and John Loram from South West Mediation

Chartered Legal Executive of the Year Award

Highly Commended: Elizabeth Duncan from Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP

Winner: Ian David Hunt from East Devon Law

Category Sponsor: Legal Southwest

Ian Hunt smiles at the camera wearing a suit and tie.
Winner of the Chartered Legal Executive of the Year Award: Ian David Hunt from East Devon Law

Support team member of the year award

Highly Commended: Joanna Lousley from Bartons Solicitors

Winner: Isabelle Bailes from Porter Dodson LLP

Category Sponsor: DPS Software

Isabelle Bailes smiles at camera wearing black.
Winner of the Support Team Member of the Year Award: Isabelle Bailes from Porter Dodson LLP

Law firm of the Year award (1-10 partners)

Highly Commended: South West Mediation

Winner: The Family Law Company

Category Sponsor: Handelsbanken

Family Law Company logo

Rising star award

Highly Commended: Kayleigh Linford from Clarke Willmott Solicitors

Winner: Mark Meleady from Tozers LLP

Category Sponsor: Conveyancing Data Services

Mark Meleady wearing glasses smiles at camera.
Winner of the Rising Star Award: Mark Meleady from Tozers LLP

Solicitor of the year award

Highly Commended: Emma Gray from Everys Solicitors

Winner: Imran Khodabocus from The Family Law Company

Category Sponsor: PKF Francis Clark

Imran Khodabocus DASLS Legal Awards 2019 Winners
Winner of the Solicitor of the Year Award: Imran Khodabocus from The Family Law Company

Team of the year award

Highly Commended: Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP

Winner: South West Mediation

Category Sponsor: Magdalen Chambers

South West Mediation logo.

Law firm of the Year award (11+ partner)

Highly Commended: Gilbert Stephens Solicitors LLP

Winner: Clarke Willmott Solicitors

Category Sponsor: Natwest

Clarke Willmott Solicitors logo.

Legal ‘hero’ of the year award

Winner: Elizabeth Duncan from Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP

Category Sponsor: Burcher Jennings

Elizabeth Duncan smiles at the camera wearing black.
Winner of the Legal ‘Hero’ of the Year Award: Elizabeth Duncan from Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP

Lifetime achievement award

Winner: Stephen Lawson

Category Sponsor: Commercial Managed IT

Stephen Lawson wearing glasses and a jumper.
Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award: Stephen Lawson

Congratulations to all of the DASLS Legal Awards 2019 winners and those recognised as highly commended. Grow and the Devon and Somerset Law Society would also like to extend our thanks to the category sponsors and the event’s headline sponsors DS Automobiles, Lockton, Warwick Event Services and Grow Marketing.

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4 Comments

  1. Norman Hartnell

    Thanks for the entertaining coverage we are humbled by the recognition of our peers which means so much
    Thanks DASLS for a wonderful evening

    Reply
    • Sofy Robertson

      Thanks for your comment Norman. We are so pleased to hear that you had a wonderful evening. Bring on next year!

      Reply
  2. Gayathri

    That is such a preveledge, getting recommended for this award. Hearty congratulations to all the award winners and all the very best for successful and continued service.

    Reply
    • Sofy Robertson

      Thanks for leaving such a positive comment Gayathri!

      Reply

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