Winners announced for the 2015 Yorkshire Legal Awards

Barker Brooks Communications is proud to announce the winners for the 2015 Yorkshire Legal Awards.

Karen James was named as the Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year for 2015 and Robert Smith QC, was recognised for his lifetime’s work with the Presidents’ Award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards, which took place on 22 October at New Dock Hall in Leeds.

Karen James, Partner and Head of Residential Conveyancing at Ramsdens Solicitors, was described by the chair of the judging panel, Marilyn Stowe from Stowe Family Law, as a solicitor who was “storming ahead” of her competition making her a “very deserving winner”.

Robert Smith QC, from New Park Court Chambers, was praised as a “specialist criminal practitioner, a consummate and skillful cross-examiner” and “an excellent role model”.

Other big winners on the night were Chadwick Lawrence, who scooped double victory in the Residential Property and the Employment Law Award.

Almost 500 guests were present at New Dock Hall in Leeds to see the winners pick up their awards, which were presented by Steph McGovern, the breakfast news business presenter.

Marilyn Stowe said that she was thrilled to be a part of the judging process and that her and her fellow judges were impressed by the level of nominations that they had assessed.

Stowe was joined by an eminent panel of judges including Alistair MacDonald QC – New Park Court Chambers; Rachel Baldwin – President of the Sheffield Law Society; Jill Dickinson – Sheffield Hallam University; Peter Wright – DigitalLawUK; David Wright – MKB Solicitors; Colin Gilbert – President of the Leeds Law Society; Judge Geoffrey Kamil; and Jasmine Cawkwell – Chair of the Leeds Junior Lawyer Division.

The guests also raised £1,730.30 for the Awards’ nominated charity, Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Launched in 2000, by Barker Brooks Communications to recognise the outstanding talent across the region, the Yorkshire Legal Awards ceremony is a key date in the legal calendar. The glamorous black tie affair offers professionals the chance to come together for a memorable evening of celebration.

The Winners

Law Firm (1-10 Partners) Award
Tapestry Compliance LLP

Law Firm (11-30 Partners) Award
Ramsdens Solicitors LLP

Law Firm (31+ Partners) Award
DLA Piper

Residential Property Award
Chadwick Lawrence LLP

Commercial Property Award
Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Dispute Resolution Award
Irwin Mitchell LLP

Rising Star Award
Mark Wilkinson, Shulmans LLP

Private Client Award
Bond Dickinson

Niche Law Award
Unity Law

Corporate and Commercial Award
Squire Patton Boggs

Enterprise Award
Construction Law Expert Ltd

Employment Law Award
Chadwick Lawrence LLP

In-House Lawyer Award
Callcredit Information Group

Family Law Award
Henry Hyams

Chambers of the Year Award
Parklane Plowden Chambers

Trainee Solicitor Award
Kaira Clarehugh, The Needle Partnership

Managing Partner of the Year
Alison Barnes, Barnes Family Law

Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year
Karen Jones – Ramsdens Solicitors LLP

Presidents’ Award
Robert Smith QC