Gowling WLG, Irwin Mitchell and the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee were among the winners at last night’s 2023 Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards.
The 21st annual ceremony, held at the ICC, celebrated excellence within the city’s legal profession across 12 different categories (scroll down for full list of winners).
In addition, Eileen Schofield, founder of Schofield & Associates, was handed a lifetime achievement award.
Law Society president Tony McDaid said: “The judging panel had an immensely difficult task selecting this year’s winners due to the phenomenally high standards of nominees.
“The West Midlands is blessed with some of the legal sector’s most influential and sector-leading firms and individuals – all of whom choose to flourish here in our region. The Birmingham Law Society is proud to be part of its success and honour it with this fantastic awards ceremony.”
Over 250 entries for this year’s awards were shortlisted down 58 nominees before the 12 winners were selected by a panel of judges made up of representatives of the Birmingham legal community. The event was hosted by TV broadcaster Emma Jesson.
The full list of winners is below and click through here to see the 2023 shortlist: Trainee Solicitor of the Year
Monika Gagat, Squire Patton Boggs
Apprentice of the Year
Renee Tombs, Bevan Brittan
Paralegal of the Year
Liberty Green, Weightmans
Solicitor of the Year
Fiona Farrell, Irwin Mitchell
Barrister of the Year
Louise Corfield, No5 Barristers’ Chambers
Partner of the Year
Christopher Plumley, Trowers & Hamlins
Birmingham Law Society Pro Bono Award
William Horwood, St Philips Chambers
Birmingham Law Society Equality and Diversity Award (Law firm)
Bridging the Bar
Birmingham Law Society In-House Award
Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games
Law Firm of the Year (Sole practitioners and firms up to five partners)
Law Firm of the Year (Regional)
Law Firm of the Year (National)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Eileen Schofield, Schofield & Associates
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