Leading lawyers from across Manchester have gathered together for the ninth annual Manchester Legal Awards.
The sold-out event, hosted by Eamonn O’Neal, saw the region’s legal professionals gather at The Midland Hotel to celebrate excellence in Manchester’s legal community.
The prestigious event was sponsored by Capita Translation and Interpreting, Manchester Law Society’s legal language specialist partner.
The ceremony culminated with Anthony Lyons of Kuits Solicitors picking up the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the legal profession following an illustrious 40-year career.
Speaking about the award, President of the Manchester Law Society, Mike Devlin said:
“Anthony is one of the true stand out individuals in the North West’s legal community and he hugely deserves to be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Throughout his remarkable career, Anthony has exhibited an inspiring commitment to the legal profession, forging a formidable reputation for his expertise in licensing and leisure.
“Reflecting on the tremendously successful career Anthony has enjoyed to date and considering the high esteem in which he is held by his peers, Anthony was a clear choice this year.”
Other individuals to pick up awards on the night were Geraldine Ryan, Hill Dickinson LLP who was named Partner of the Year and Mary O’Rourke QC of Deans Court Chambers – who was named Barrister of the Year.
Zak Golombeck from Slater and Gordon Lawyers was named Solicitor of the Year and Shez Anjum from JMW Solicitors LLP received the award for Trainee/Paralegal of the Year.
Eversheds Sutherland was named Law Firm of the Year – Large while Myerson Solicitors LLP picked up the award for Law Firm of the Year – Medium and Bromleys Solicitors LLP was named Law Firm of the Year – Small.
Fran Eccles-Bech, chief executive of the Manchester Law Society, said:
“Yet again it’s been a wonderful night for everyone involved – all the hard work has definitely been worth it.
“The awards serve to recognise genuine brilliance in Manchester’s legal sector – it’s a considerable achievement to be shortlisted for the awards in the first place, even before our eventual winners are decided.
“The sheer amount of talent on display continues to astound me, and everyone who was nominated should feel truly proud of their achievement.
“The night itself though is a huge amount of fun and I must thank all the judges and sponsors for their commitment and hard work.”
MEN Media was once again media partner to the awards and RMS was again named as marketing and PR partner for the event.
Guests arrived at 7.00pm to be treated to a drinks reception, sponsored by VDocs.
Back on Track was the charity partner for the awards, chosen by Mike Devlin, President of Manchester Law Society.
All entries, with the exception of Lifetime Achievement, were assessed against five criteria. Leading lights from Manchester’s business community met to assess entries during the Judging Day, which was sponsored by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
The winners of this year’s awards will be treated to a Winners & Sponsors Celebration Reception on March 28 courtesy of Fazenda who are sponsoring the evening.
A total of 20 awards were awarded on the night.
Here is the full list of winners:
Trainee/Paralegal of the Year Award
Shez Anjum, JMW Solicitors LLP
Solicitor of the Year Award
Zak Golombeck, Slater and Gordon Lawyers
Pro Bono/Community Initiative Award
University of Manchester Legal Advice Centre Network
Law Firm Innovation Award
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Corporate/Commercial – Team of the Year Award
Crime – Team of the Year Award
Morton’s Solicitors Limited
Employment – Team of the Year Award
Family – Team of the Year Award
Hall Brown Family Law
Litigation – Team of the Year Award
Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence – Team of the Year Award
JMW Solicitors LLP
Private Client – Team of the Year Award
Slater and Gordon Lawyers
Property – Team of the Year Award
Regulatory – Team of the Year Award
Mills & Reeve
Barrister of the Year Award
Mary O’Rourke QC, Deans Court Chambers
Barristers’ Chambers of the Year Award
Deans Court Chambers
Partner of the Year Award
Geraldine Ryan, Hill Dickinson LLP
Law Firm of the Year – Small (1-5 partners nationally) Award
Bromleys Solicitors LLP
Law Firm of the Year – Medium (6-20 partners nationally) Award
Myerson Solicitors LLP
Law Firm of the Year – Large (20+ partners nationally) Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
Anthony Lyons, Kuits
For more information about the Manchester Legal Awards, please visit: https://www.manchesterlegalawards.co.uk/