Law firms to fight it out at awards

Seconds out…! (L-R) David Beswick, Eversheds, Paul Ray, Browne Jacobson, Russell Orme, DLA Piper, Mike Ward, HBJ Gateley Wareing, and Ian Shovlin, Higgs & Sons.

A group of legal heavyweights are getting ready to do battle to find out who will win the title of Law Firm of the Year at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2011.

Heavy-hitters Browne Jacobson, DLA Piper UK, Eversheds, HBJ Gateley Wareing and Higgs & Sons will be going toe-to-toe in the 16 partners and over category at the event, which is set to take place at the International Convention Centre on the 24 March. 

The winner of the coveted title will join an illustrious list of previous recipients of the award, including last year’s winner Pinsent Masons.

Dean Parnell, president of Birmingham Law Society, said: “It is the first time in the Awards’ ten year history that all five firms have faced each other in the category, so it should be an interesting contest.

“All of the finalists in the category have had what could be described as exceptional years, given the difficult conditions faced by the legal sector. Each firm has demonstrated the necessary skills and business expertise to succeed in such challenging times.”

As well as the Law Firm of the Year (16 partners and over) category, the region’s law firms will be fighting it out for the Law Firm of the Year (5 to 15 partners) and Law Firm of the Year (sole practitioners to four partners) honours.

The finalists include Buller Jeffries, Jonas Roy Bloom, Sydney Mitchell, Williamson & Soden and the Wood Glaister Partnership in the five to 15 partners category; and Dass Solicitors, Price Mistry Solicitors, The College of Law Centre for Pro Bono Services, The John Hughes Law Practice and TRP Solicitors in the sole practitioners to four partners category.

Eight other awards will also be up for grabs on the night, including Trainee Solicitor of the Year, Assistant/Associate Solicitor of the Year, Legal Executive of the Year, Barrister of the Year, International Lawyer of the Year, plus three new categories, Pupil Barrister of the Year, Partner of the Year and Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.

The winners have been chosen by an independent panel of judges.

Mr Parnell said: “This year is the tenth anniversary of the Legal Awards and, as in previous years, we have been amazed by the response from the region’s legal community.

“Now more so than ever it is important that we recognise and reward the achievements of the legal sector here in the West Midlands, which is what the Legal Awards was established to do and will continue doing.”

For tickets for the Legal Awards please contact Rebecca Lynch at Birmingham Law Society on 0121 222 4192.

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