Manchester Legal Awards 2013

 Eversheds were the big winners at this year’s Manchester Legal Awards winning 5 categories at the gala dinner, held at the Midland Hotel on Thursday 7th March 2013.

 The fourth annual Legal Awards ceremony was a glittering affair with more than 500 guests from the legal world converging on the city centre to celebrate the industry’s achievements over the last 12 months.

 As reported by The Manchester Evening News, Sucheet Amin, president of Manchester Law Society said: “The quality of entries in this year’s Legal Awards was truly exceptional and highlights the excellence of lawyers and law firms in Manchester. To be even shortlisted is an achievement in itself, given the high standard of nominations, and every individual and firm to make the shortlist deserves credit and recognition.”

 In the same article, Fran Eccles-Bech, executive director of MLS, said: “The evening was a great celebration of Manchester’s legal profession and showcased the individual and collective talent we have in our city. Congratulations to all our winners and a special thank you to our sponsors, partners and judges, whose support and commitment makes the awards possible. The Legal Awards continue to go from strength to strength, indicative of Manchester’s legal sector as a whole.”

 Below is a full list of the winners:

 Chartered Legal Executive of the Year – Susan Leach (Quality Solicitors Abney Garsden)

 Trainee of the Year - Leila Bridgett (Roberts Jackson)

 Associate of the Year – Laura Hadzik (JMW Solicitors)

 Pro Bono / Community Initiative – Eversheds

 Team of the Year (Crime / Regulatory) – Pannone

 Team of the Year (Employment) – Eversheds

 Team of the Year (Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence) – Pannone

 Team of the Year (Private Client) – Pannone

 Team of the Year (Corporate / Commercial) – Eversheds

 Team of the Year (Litigation) – Eversheds

 Team of the Year (Property) – Addleshaw Goddard

 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year – Peter Garsden (Quality Solicitors Abney Garsden)

 Barrister Chambers of the Year – Deans Court Chambers

Partner of the Year – Mark Hovell (George Davies Solicitors)

 Law Firm of the Year – small (1-5 partners nationally) – Quality Solicitors Abney Garsden

 Law Firm of the Year – medium (6-20 partners nationally) – JMW Solicitors

 Law Firm of the Year – large (20+ partners nationally) – Eversheds

 Outstanding Achievement – Maurice Watkins (Head of Sport and Joint Senior Partner of the Manchester office, Brabners Chaffe Street)