LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2018

Outstanding achievement in legal pro bono was celebrated on 3rd December 2018 at the LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards and Lecture.

The Awards recognised and celebrated the pro bono commitment of LawWorks members, their charity and corporate partners, and the work of independent clinics in the LawWorks clinics network. This year included a special award to mark and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Access to Justice Foundation (AJTF).

The Rt Hon David Lammy MP spoke at the event and presented the awards to all the winners. The evening was hosted by Matthew Stadlen, radio and television presenter, producer and writer.

Over 250 finalists and guests from across the pro bono, advice, legal aid and charity sectors, were welcomed by Christina Blacklaws, President of the Law Society and Alasdair Douglas, Chair of LawWorks. James Harper, Executive Sponsor, Rule of Law and CSR at LexisNexis UK, also offered a few words on behalf of the awards sponsor.

Winners were chosen in ten categories representing the breadth and range of pro bono across England and Wales – by individuals, firms, in-house teams, law schools and law students, supported by charities, advice agencies, law centres and many non-legal volunteers. Carol Storer, until recently Director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, was honoured for outstanding contribution to access to justice.

The Rt Hon David Lammy MP delivered the Annual lecture referencing some of the recent debates about the justice system in England and Wales and the rule of law. He said “The pro bono work you do is great, addressing unmet needs and helping people secure their rights. It is important though that we recognise how much more needs to be done. Providing access to justice is a fundamental duty of the state. The outcomes in the justice system for minority communities show how much we need better provision for publicly funded legal aid and support.”

LawWorks Chief Executive Martin Barnes said, "Congratulations to the winners and finalists  – all deserve recognition and celebration of their work and the difference make in enabling access justice.., so I would like to thank the Judges for their work. I would also like to thank David Lammy and Matthew Stadlen for helping to make the evening such a huge success." 

James Harper, Executive Sponsor, Rule of Law and CSR for LexisNexis UK said, “On behalf of LexisNexis, I would like to congratulate all those nominated and the winners, for their dedication and commitment to enabling access to justice. Advancing the Rule of Law and, including securing access to justice, is the central objective of LexisNexis, and as such we are honoured to support the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards.”

The winners of the Awards are:

  • Best contribution by a small firm Fry Law
  • Best contribution by a firm with an English head office Irwin Mitchell
  • Best contribution by an international firm Allen & Overy
  • Best contribution by an in-house team Barclays Bank Plc.
  • Best contribution by an individual Gareth Keillor, Herbert Smith Freehills.
  • Junior Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award Louise Taylor, Anthony Gold
  • LawWorks Cymru Award Swansea Law Clinic, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
  • Best contribution by a pro bono clinic Dentons PopLaw Clinic
  • Best new pro bono activity St Hilda's East Legal Advice Clinic
  • Most effective pro bono partnership Cardiff University Law School Pro Bono Unit Mencap WISE student advice project
  • Outstanding contribution to Access to Justice Carol Storer

You can find out more about all the nominees and winners in the PDF icon 2018 LawWorks Pro Bono Awards programme

Alasdair Douglas, Chair of LawWorks Board of Trustees

Matthew Stadlen (the host for the Awards), producer, writer and national radio host who presents the weekend early morning shows on LBC.

Christina Blacklaws, President of the Law Society and a LawWorks trustee

James Harper, Executive Sponsor of Rule of Law Initiatives, LexisNexis UK & Ireland

The Rt Hon. David Lammy MP

The Rt Hon. David Lammy MP in conversation with Matthew Stadlen

Chris Fry from Fry Law collecting the award for Best contribution by a small firm, with the Rt Hon. David Lammy MP

Alex Rook, Irwin Mitchell picked up the award for Best contribution by a firm with an English head office.

Allen & Overy won Best contribution by an international firm, Helen Rogers, Rt Hon. David Lammy MP, Aditi Kapoor, Greg Brown and Philip Engel pictured.

Best contribution by an in-house team was collected by Barclays Bank Plc. Kristine Behm, Fiona Timba and Helen Conway pictured with Rt Hon. David Lammy MP.

Gareth Keillor, Herbert Smith Freehills, won Best Contribution by an individual.

Rt Hon. David Lammy MP and Louise Taylor, Anthony Gold, winner of the Junior Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award.

The LawWorks Cymru was won by Swansea Law Clinic, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law. Jeremy Miles AM, The Counsel General for Wales presented the Award to Professor Richard Owen, Jack Carter, and Isabel Francis, pictured with Rt Hon. David Lammy MP. 

Dentons PopLaw Clinic won the award for Best contribution by a pro bono clinic, Bernadette O'Sullivan and Sarah Lima are picture with Rt Hon. David Lammy MP.

St Hilda's East Legal Advice Clinic won the award for Best new pro bono activity. Victoria Speed (BPP University), Laura Jones (BPP University), Masuma Begum (Macfarlanes LLP), Louise Zekaria (Macfarlanes LLP) Taslima Khanam (St Hildas) and Rupert Williams (St Hildas) are pictured with Rt Hon. David Lammy MP.

Most effective pro bono partnership winner - Cardiff University Law School Pro Bono Unit Mencap WISE student advice project - Professor Jason Tucker from Cardiff University joined the Rt Hon. David Lammy MP on stage to pickup the award.

Dame Janet Smith, Trustee of the Access to Justice Foundation, presented the Outstanding Contribution to Access to Justice award.

Carol Storer won the Outstanding contribution to Access to Justice, pictured with Rt Hon. David Lammy MP.

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