LALY Awards 2016. Photo: Richard Gray

#LALY18: Nominations now open

Nominations for the this year’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards are now open. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on July, 17.

The deadline for nominations is April 10 (here) and this year will feature a practice manager award. ‘For the first time this year, we are introducing an award specifically to recognise the role of legal aid practice managers, who do a vital and increasingly challenging job,’ said LAPG director Carol Storer. ‘They are often the bedrock of the sector, providing the leadership and stability, which allow legal aid lawyers to continue to deliver access to justice to clients.’

For the third year running, LALY18 will be crowdfunding for sponsorship for the popular Legal Aid Newcomer award, allowing supporters to show solidarity with the profession by donating to become Friends of LALY18. All money raised will go towards the cost of staging the event, and to keeping ticket prices affordable.


The 2018 award categories in full are:

  • Children’s Rights
  • Criminal Defence
  • Family (including Mediation)
  • Housing
  • Public Law
  • Social and Welfare
  • Legal Aid Newcomer
  • Legal Aid Barrister
  • Practice manager
  • Legal Aid Firm/Not-for-profit Agency
  • Access to Justice through IT
  • Outstanding Achievement

LALY18 sponsors include DG Legal, the Bar Council, the Law Society; and the Legal Education Foundation.

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About Jon Robins

Jon is a journalist and has written about the law and justice for the national papers and specialist press for more than 15 years. Jon is a visiting journalism lecturer at Winchester University, a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln and patron of Hackney Community Law Centre. He has won the Bar Council’s legal reporter of the year award twice (2015 and 2005). Jon is editor and co-founder of LegalVoice

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