The College of Law Birmingham joined up with Birmingham Law Society recently to celebrate the best of Birmingham and the West Midlands’ legal talent at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards.
Hundreds of guests gathered at the ICC for the annual event to find out who would be crowned winners of the awards and who would be going home empty handed.
The College of Law sponsored the Trainee Solicitor of the Year award which was won by Gemma Bell, a former College of Law student and trainee solicitor at Anthony Collins Solicitors. Gemma’s colleague Peter Hubbard, was named Commercial Solicitor of the Year.
Birmingham’s Trainee Solicitor of the Year, Gemma Bell (centre), accepts her award from Professor Bernardette Griffin, Regional Director of The College of Law Birmingham and Charles Kennedy.
Birmingham firm Martineau was given the nod in the Law Firm of the Year (16 partners or more) category, beating Birmingham City Council Legal Services, Irwin Mitchell and Mills & Reeve, as well as Anthony Collins.
Other winners on the night included Peter Davies from HBJ Gateley Wareing, who won Law Firm Manager of the Year; Gurjit Atwal from Eversheds, Solicitor of the Year; and Jacob Robinson from HBJ Gateley Wareing, who was crowned Assistant Solicitor of the Year.
Barrister of the Year was awarded to Christopher Bright of No5 Chambers. It was a double celebration for Christopher, who was sworn in as a QC on 30 March.
Caroline Coates, president of Birmingham Law Society, said: “Despite the challenges faced by the legal sector, this year’s Legal Awards demonstrate that even in the face of adverse economic conditions there are still individual and collaborative tales of success to be told.
“It is during times like these that true talent really shines through and this year the judges had a challenging time selecting the winners from the list of outstanding finalists. As president of Birmingham Law Society and a member of the judging panel it was satisfying to see just how much exemplary legal work is being carried out in the city and throughout the West Midlands. My congratulations go out to all the winners; they truly are a credit to the sector.”
Around 400 people attended this year’s Legal Awards, which were hosted by local TV personality Llewela Bailey. The guest speaker on the night was former leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, Charles Kennedy MP.