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The 2016 LALY winners were announced at a prestigious ceremony in London on 7 July.  The awards were announced by Baroness Doreen Lawrence and recognised the achievements of solicitors, barristers, caseworkers and teams delivering legal aid services.

Congratulations to all those shortlisted for an award by their peers and clients.  Full details and the official press release here

For more information about the Outstanding Achievement award for the Hillsborough teams see this special press release


This year we are celebrated the achievements of legal aid lawyers in the following award categories:

Children’s Rights – Sponsored by Accesspoint

Criminal Defence – Sponsored by CILEx

Family Legal Aid – Sponsored by Resolution

Family Mediation – Sponsored by Resolution

Mental Health – Sponsored by DG Legal

Public Law – Sponsored by Irwin Mitchell

Legal Aid Newcomer – Sponsored by Friends of LALY16*

Social and Welfare – Sponsored by Tikit

Legal Aid Barrister – Sponsored by The Bar Council

Legal Aid Firm / Not-for-Profit Agency – Sponsored by The Law Society

Access to Justice through IT – Sponsored by The Legal Education Foundation

Outstanding Achievement – Sponsored by Matrix

Many thanks to all our sponsors, without whom the LALYs would not be possible!  Thank you also to our media partner, Legal Action Group.

* For the first time, the Legal Aid Newcomer award has been sponsored by Friends of LALY16 – thank you to all of the following, who contributed to our Crowdfunding campaign:

Sir Geoffrey Bindman

Imran Khan

Miranda Grell

Andrew Keogh

Bidwell Henderson Costs Consultants Ltd

Carol Storer

Matt Howgate

Chris Minnoch

Fiona Bawdon

Tim Potter

Cal Bawdon


Bill Waddington

Saul Bawdon

Wendy Hewstone

Paul Seddon

Catherine Baksi

Jenny Beck

Vicky Ling

Matthew Smerdon

JRS Consultants

Paramount Legal Costs

Noel Arnold

Jon Robins

Ruth Hayes

Cherie Blair

Jawaid Luqmani

Tim Kitching

Oliver Carter

Miles & Partners

Natalia Rymaszewska

Sir Henry Brooke

Caoilfhionn Gallagher

Cris McCurley

Emery Johnson Astills

Garden Court Chambers

Russell Conway

No5 Chambers

Switalskis Solicitors


David Emmerson

Mary-Rachel McCabe

Angela Jackman

Watkins Solicitors

Lord Justice Andrew McFarlane

Caterina Franchi

David Sarwar

Cathy Gallagher

Deighton Pierce Glynn

Patrick Marples

Jason Housden

Simon Gardner

Elizabeth Bousher

Zoe Mellor

Ria Lillis

Frankie Penton

Jayesh Kunwardia

Joanne Cecil

Peter Todd

Giles Peaker


Swain & Co Solicitors

Kerry Jack

Natalie Sedacca

A & N Care Solicitors

Access Law LLP

Lucy Verity

Rhona Friedman



For an overview of the 2015 LALY awards ceremony, with details of the winners and finalists, see here.