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. Continue reading

Triple win for Anthony Collins solicitors at Legal Awards

Legal Awards winners

It was another night to remember for Anthony Collins Solicitors at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards, with the firm picking up three awards for the second year running.

Trainee solicitor Rebecca Kershaw won ‘Trainee Solicitor of the Year’, while Helen Tucker and Rankeshwar Batta walked away with the ‘Commercial Solicitor of the Year’ and ‘Private Client Solicitor of the Year’ titles respectively. Continue reading

Judges give final verdict on winners

(L-R): Passing their verdict on this year’s Legal Awards winners were His Honour Judge William Davis QC, Professor Bernardette Griffin and Kevin Martin.

With just over a week to go, the judges of the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2010 have given their final verdict on who will be crowned this year’s winners.

Having considered the evidence, the judging panel, chaired by Kevin Martin, former president of the national Law Society, has chosen the winners in the ten individual categories. Fifty finalists were short-listed in total.  Continue reading

Parris to speak at Legal Awards

Matthew Parris will be the guest speaker at this year's Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards

Times columnist and former Conservative MP Matthew Parris will be the guest speaker at this year’s Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards.

Matthew is one of the country’s most respected journalists and Parliamentary commentators. As well as writing for The Times, he’s a columnist for The Spectator and until 1998, when he was famously sacked for ‘outing’ Peter Mandelson on the BBC, wrote for The Sun newspaper.

Prior to his career in journalism, Matthew was a successful MP, having been elected to represent West Derbyshire in 1979. Before that he served as a diplomat and even had a stint as Margaret Thatcher’s personal assistant.

In 1986 he left politics and became the presenter of London Weekend Television’s political interview programme Weekend World. Today, he remains a regular political commentator and has written a number of books on the subject, including Great Parliamentary Scandals, I Couldn’t Possibly Comment and The Great Unfrocked.

Matthew will be speaking at Birmingham Law Society’s annual Legal Awards dinner on 25 March at the International Convention Centre.

Bernard Shepherd, president of Birmingham Law Society, said: “The Legal Awards is well known for attracting high-profile speakers, and they don’t come much more high-profile than Matthew Parris. Continue reading