Anthony Collins Solicitors have twice won this year’s Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards.
The Birmingham-based firm won the paralegal and trainee categories while Trowers & Hamlins won a new award celebrating diversity and inclusion.
The annual awards were held at the ICC in Birmingham and recognized achievement in 12 different categories.
Jayne Willetts, owner of Clent-based niche professional regulation practice, Jayne Willetts & Co Solicitors, won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Having practiced law for nearly 40 years, the award recognizes her as a leading figure in the profession, highlighting the many contributions she has made to the legal community throughout her career, including being the first female president. of the company in 1999.
A second new category for 2022 to celebrate in-house lawyers went to Cleo Stewart of Midland Heart Housing Association.
Birmingham Law Society President Stephanie Perraton said: “This year’s awards were relevant to Birmingham’s legal community, as it was the first time since 2019 that we could come together to celebrate the achievements of our members.
“This translated into successful attendance at the event which saw the legal talents of businesses and individuals celebrated for all the hard work they put in.
“The awards were also an opportunity to reflect on the terrible events that have taken place in Ukraine and to highlight some of the projects that have been set up to help, such as the Ukrainian Advice Project UK or the Ukrainian Justice Alliance.
“Additionally, we were also able to raise funds for my two chosen charities during my chairmanship of Birmingham Law Society – Walk the Walk and SIFA Fireside.
“Birmingham Law Society also wanted to champion those who have taken great strides to make the legal profession a more inclusive industry with the new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion award.
“We hope that by celebrating the achievements of firms such as Trowers & Hamlins, we can encourage others to follow in their footsteps, inspiring those who might not have considered the legal profession to be for them.”
The full list of winners for 2022 is below and click here to read this year’s shortlist:
Trevor Allsopp, Birmingham Peoples Center
Trainee Lawyer of the Year
Amelia Bauer, lawyers for Anthony Collins
Lawyer of the year
Richard Port, George Green
Partner of the year
Steven Allen, Mills & Warden
Apprentice of the year
Samantha Ross, Bevan Brittan
Paralegal of the Year
Rebecca Chauhan, lawyers for Anthony Collins
Law Firm of the Year – unique practitioners to five partners
Magma legal services
Law Firm of the Year – National
Corporate Lawyer Award
Cleo Stewart, Heart of Midland
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award
Trowers & Hamlins
Lawyer of the year
Earl Pinnock, No5 Barristers’ Chambers
Life Achievement Award
Jayne Willets, Jayne Willets & Co lawyers