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Messenger September 2017

Messenger September

September 2017 October 09 1 North West Law Manchester firms and solicitors shortlisted in Law Society Excellence Awards A number of Manchester firms and individuals have been shortlisted in the 11th annual Law Society Excellence Awards amid strong competition from around England and Wales. Individual solicitors shortlisted are Emma Nawaz of Blackstone Solicitors, shortlisted for Woman Lawyer of the Year. Lesley Graves of Citadel Law has been shortlisted for Solicitor of the Year - Private Practice and Peter Garsden of Simpson Millar for Human Rights Lawyer. Manchester firms Bott & Co are on the shortlist for the Learning and Development Award, Hugh Jones Solicitors are shortlisted for the Private Client Practice Award and Kuits are up for the Conveyancing Award. Peter Garsden of Simpson Millar has spent more than two decades seeking compensation for victims of child abuse and was recently honoured with the Life Time Achievement award at the Claims Management Awards as well as winning a number of Manchester Legal Awards over the past decade. The Monthly Publication of the Manchester Law Society In association with Peter was a driving force behind the launch of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL) which provides specialist training in this highly sensitive and complex area. He has also offered professional counselling to his fee-earners in recognition of the impact this area of work can have on those involved. Peter commented “I am delighted, but also very honoured, to have been shortlisted for Human Rights Lawyer of the Year. The Human Rights of every abuse victim are paramount, fundamental, and vital to recognise in our legal system. The clients are extremely vulnerable and need strong and robust representation.” Peter is currently working with four further survivor charities in petitioning the Education Secretary to introduce a new law forcing schools, faith groups, sports bodies, the NHS, and nurseries, to inform their local authority of all allegations and incidents of suspected and known abuse. He is also seeking to abolish time limits in child abuse cases. Lesley Graves of Citadel Law says that she is honoured to have been shortlisted for Solicitor of the Year. She adds “ I am delighted that my work to support the PI sector has received national recognition” Lesley was a catastrophic injury partner at Irwin Mitchell, who in 2010 set up Citadel Law, a law firm dedicated to supporting the personal injury sector in the face of unprecedented government reform. Lesley has been integral in restructuring and recovery situations, saving law firms from insolvency through improving cashflow in business critical situations. Her commitment to supporting PI lawyers through both SRA CPD accredited training and a continuing competence approach to training and mentoring means she works as “part of the team” with white labelled services to increase recoverable WIP. She demonstrates immediate value, advising on rehabilitation and settlement, focusing on commercial costs resolution. Lesley has advised on technical performance and valued personal injury WIP for bank credit, restructuring, sale, purchase and M&A in excess of £450M. Her work has led to the development of “LQC Analytics” – an innovative value enhancement, risk management and financial forecasting tool that sits on top of case management systems to increase operational performance in PI law firms. Bott & Co, shortlisted in the Peter Garsden Learning and Development category continues to offer employees training programmes geared to career development, which inspire and motivate employees. Their overall commitment to staff has seen the firm thrive and lead the way in finding and developing new niche areas of law. Bott & Co radically adjusted their approach to staff development and recruitment in the wake of major changes to the personal injury industry and now boast an in-house training academy under the brand of Bott Academy ‘Your career’ (our care, your career), low turnover rates and a highly engaged and motivated workforce ranked number 1 in the UK for revenue per lawyer. This focus on training and developing staff provided continued on page 12 Manchester Legal Awards 2017 principal sponsors President’s Charity of the Year Emma Nawaz Lesley Graves David Bott Hugh Jones L-R: Duncan McGregor (Partner), Claire Heron (Associate), Tony Hardy (Head of Residential) at Kuits