SHORTLIST FOR THE SLS LEGAL AWARDS 2024 IS NOW AVAILABLE

The SLS Legal Awards, established in 2018, continue to honour the exceptional legal talent within the Surrey Law Society membership. This prestigious event recognises the outstanding commitment and achievements of legal professionals across the county. We are thrilled to announce that the shortlist for this year’s awards is now available, highlighting the most exemplary work in the legal field.

We extend our sincere thanks to all members who submitted nominations this year, resulting in an impressive number of entries. The calibre of applications was exceptionally high, reflecting the remarkable talent within our community. Congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted; your contributions and dedication to the profession are truly commendable.

AWARD CATEGORIES

The categories for the 2024 SLS Legal Awards are:

  • Law Firm of the Year (20 Fee Earners and Over)
  • Law Firm of the Year (Under 20 Fee Earners)
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Client Experience Award
  • Employer of the Year
  • Family Law Team of the Year
  • Junior Lawyer of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Private Client Team of the Year
  • Property Law Team of the Year
  • Support Team Member of the Year
  • Team of the Year

2024 AWARD SHORTLIST

  • Law Firm of the Year (20 Fee Earners and Over)

    DMH Stallard
    Elite Law Solicitors
    Howell-Jones LLP
    Peacock & Co Solicitors
    Taylor Rose MW

  • Law Firm of the Year (Under 20 Fee Earners)

    KGW Family Law
    Nichols Marcy Dawson LLP
    Rosewood Solicitors
    Stowe Family Law LLP

  • Lawyer of the Year

    Ashley Burrow, Meadows & Co
    Diarmuid Devlin, Taylor Rose MW
    Karin Walker, KGW Family Law
    Natalie Payne, Morr & Co LLP
    Victoria Clarke, Elite Law Solicitors

  • Client Experience Award

    Elite Law Solicitors
    Nichols Marcy Dawson LLP
    Russell-Cooke LLP

  • Employer of the Year

    Howell-Jones LLP
    Morr & Co LLP
    Rosewood Solicitors
    Stowe Family Law LLP

  • Family Law Team of the Year

    DMH Stallard
    Dutton Gregory Solicitors
    Elite Law Solicitors
    Russell-Cooke LLP
    Stowe Family Law LLP

  • Junior Lawyer of the Year

    Camilla Brown, Nichols Marcy Dawson LLP
    Gemma Barilli, Howell-Jones LLP
    Niamh Phelan, Peacock & Co Solicitors
    Rebekah Sutcliffe, Morr & Co LLP

  • Private Client Team of the Year

    Dutton Gregory Solicitors
    Howell-Jones LLP
    Morr & Co LLP
    Russell-Cooke LLP

  • Property Law Team of the Year

    Howell-Jones LLP
    Meadows & Co
    Peacock & Co Solicitors
    Taylor Rose MW

  • Support Team Member of the Year

    Ashley Burrow, Meadows & Co
    Izzie Budden, DMH Stallard
    Lauren Keir, Rosewood Solicitors
    Sarah Howard, Elite Law Solicitors

  • Team of the Year

    DMH Stallard (Corporate Team Guildford)
    Elite Law Solicitors (Costs Department)
    Knights PLC (Private Wealth Team)
    Moore Barlow (Wealth Disputes Team)

VENUE & BOOKING INFORMATION

Date: Thursday 3rd October 2024

Venue: G Live, London Rd, Guildford GU1 2AA.

 

How to Book:

Book your tickets via our Booking Page.

Please email Elouise Enright should you have any queries.

 

Ticket Information:

  • Early Bird Rate (until 26th July 2024):
    • Individual Ticket: £135 plus VAT
    • Table of 10: £1,250 plus VAT
    • Second Table Discount: £850 plus VAT
  • Standard Rate (from 27th July 2024):
    • Individual Ticket: £150 plus VAT
    • Table of 10: £1,500 plus VAT
    • Second Table Discount: £950 plus VAT

Kindly be aware that there is an additional  booking fee applied to the overall ticket prices of 1.5% plus 80p per transaction.

What’s Included:
  • Drinks reception upon arrival
  • Exquisite three-course dinner and wine
  • Access to the awards ceremony
  • Entertainment throughout the evening
  • Speech by special guest speaker, Alex Macqueen
  • Attendance at the casino

2024 Event Programme:

 

6:30pm Welcome Reception Lower Foyer
7:15pm Welcome by the President Main Auditorium
7:30pm Gala Dinner Main Auditorium
9:00pm An After-Dinner Speech Main Auditorium
9:45pm SLS Legal Awards Ceremony Main Auditorium
10:30pm Casino & Jazz Lower Foyer
12:30am Carriages

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Accommodation:

G Live does not have any accommodation onsite but there are a number of nearby options available for those wishing to stay overnight.

Both the Mandolay Hotel and Harbour Hotel are within a 2-minute walk of G Live, with the Travelodge Guildford a 6-minute drive away and Guildford Manor Hotel & Spa and the Holiday Inn 10 minutes’ drive away.

The Surrey Law Society has not reserved any rooms but at the time of writing, all venues listed above are showing availability for the night of the 12th October, with other options also available via the major hotel bookings websites.  Please visit sites such as booking.com or hotels.com or the hotel websites directly to ascertain availability and the most preferable rates.

 

GUEST SPEAKER DETAILS

Alex Macqueen is a BAFTA nominated actor and qualified Barrister.

He is best known for his roles as Julius Nicholson in the BBC’s ‘Thick Of It’ and Neil’s Dad in the Channel 4 comedy ‘The Inbetweeners’. Most recently, he starred opposite Hugh Bonneville in the ‘Downton Abbey Movie 2’, Will Ferrell in Jesse Armstrong’s ‘Downhill’, and Michael Caine in Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’, as well as with Idris Elba in the TV series, ‘Hijack’.

Alex is a very experienced and engaging speaker, sharing anecdotes from the world of film and TV, and also insights from his experience as a Barrister and Master of the Bench, at London’s Middle Temple.

He has a long association working with Sir Kenneth Branagh, which began when he was directed by him in Disney’s ‘Cinderella’, before going on to star opposite him in the West End version of ‘The Painkiller’, and the Sony Classic movie, ‘All Is True’.

Alex was nominated for a BAFTA for the HBO comedy, ‘Sally For Ever’ and an Evening Standard Award for the Film 4 thriller, ‘The Hide’. He’s also appeared in family favourites, The Durrells, Outnumbered, Miranda, Peaky Blinders, The IT Crowd, Black Mirror and This Is England . . . to name but a few.

As well as chairing the ‘Downing Street Debates’ at Number 10, Alex has hosted conferences and awards including the ULTRA Travel Awards, Simpsons Healthcare conference and the Middle Temple Annual Dinner.

 

2024 Sponsors

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HEADLINE SPONSOR OF THE SLS LEGAL AWARDS 2024

Evelyn Partners is the UK’s leading integrated wealth management and professional services group, created following the merger of Tilney and Smith & Williamson. With £54.4 billion of assets under management (as at 31 March 2023), it ranks as the second largest UK wealth manager measured by EBITDA and the fifth largest professional services firm ranked by fee income (source: Accountancy Age 50+50 rankings, 2022).

It has a network of offices across 28 towns and cities in the UK, as well as the Republic of Ireland and the Channel Islands. Through its operating companies, the Group offers an extensive range of financial and professional services to individuals, family trusts, professional intermediaries, charities and businesses.

Evelyn Partners’ purpose is to ‘place the power of good advice into more hands’, and it is uniquely well-placed to support clients with both their personal financial affairs and their business interests. Evelyn Partner’s personal wealth management services include financial planning, investment management and advice, personal tax advice and, through Bestinvest, an award-winning online investment service for self-directed investors. For businesses, its wide range of services includes assurance and accounting, business tax advice, employee benefits, forensic advice, fund administration, fund governance, recovery and restructuring and transaction services.

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Evelyn Partners, Headline Sponsor & Sponsor of Law Firm of the Year

Evelyn Partners is the UK’s leading integrated wealth management and professional services group, created following the merger of Tilney and Smith & Williamson. With £55.8 billion of assets under management (as at 31 March 2022), it ranks as the second largest UK wealth manager measured by EBITDA and the sixth largest professional services firm ranked by fee income (source: Accountancy Age 50+50 rankings, 2021).  It has a network of offices across 27 towns and cities in the UK, as well as the Republic of Ireland and the Channel Islands. Through its operating companies, the Group offers an extensive range of financial and professional services to individuals, family trusts, professional intermediaries, charities and businesses.

Evelyn Partners’ purpose is to ‘place the power of good advice into more hands’, and it is uniquely well-placed to support clients with both their personal financial affairs and their business interests. Evelyn Partner’s personal wealth management services include financial planning, investment management and advice, personal tax advice and, through Bestinvest, an award-winning online investment service for self-directed investors. For businesses, its wide range of services includes assurance and accounting, business tax advice, employee benefits, forensic advice, fund administration, fund governance, recovery and restructuring and transaction services.

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Landmark Information, Sponsor of Property Lawyer of the Year

Landmark Information is at the forefront of legal products and data supply to support the UK’s Property Professionals. Our dedicated, personal approach supports legal professionals in their due diligence in line with the Law Society and SRA requirements. Landmarks longevity in the legal market brings valuable experience and dependability to risk solutions whilst continuing to innovate.

 

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We have a range of sponsorship options available for the 2024 SLS Legal Awards, details of which can be found here.

For further information on the opportunities available, email Helen Opie, CEO at helen.opie@surreylawsociety.org.uk.

Meet the Judges

George Coates

George is Head of Guildford Chambers. He specialises in financial settlements in divorce proceedings and related family financial disputes. He takes a particular interest in disputes between unmarried parents, and has written and lectured on this topic.

George has wide-ranging experience of dealing with complex cases, often involving substantial sums made up of shareholdings in private companies (including family businesses), partnerships, family trusts, and pensions.

Other areas in which George has extensive experience include property disputes, and matters relating to children (having sat on the Social Security and Child Support Appeal Tribunal) and education, including challenging LEA policies on school admissions.

Over the years, he has undertaken a wide variety of general civil and commercial law cases, including professional or other negligence cases.

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Veronica Gilmour

Veronica is a partner in the family law team at Penningtons Manches Cooper. She has a broad range of experience which includes advising on private children disputes, pensions on divorce and pre and post marital agreements. She has particular expertise in high value, complex financial cases in both the UK and internationally.

Accredited by Resolution as a specialist family lawyer, she has been at the forefront of the development of non-adversarial alternatives in family law matters for a number of years. She is a qualified collaborative lawyer with a thriving mediation practice and is a long-standing member of the Surrey Resolution Committee.

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John Hyde

John Hyde is Deputy News Editor at The Law Society Gazette. He reports extensively on all matters impacting the legal profession and has his finger on the pulse of latest developments.

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Rita Leat

Rita Leat is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Paralegals and a founder and Managing Director of the overarching voluntary regulator for Paralegals, the PPR. With over 27 years experience in the Paralegal sector, representing the interests of Paralegals Nationally, Rita has become known as the Chief Executive of All Things Paralegal.

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John-Paul MacNamara

John-Paul was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 2008 and cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2011. He worked for many years for a Top 100 Law firm and was eventually promoted to partner and Head of Crown Court Advocacy before moving to GT Stewart Solicitors and Advocates in 2017. He has appeared in the Crown Court as Leading Junior, Led Junior and Junior alone and has advocated extensively in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). He has represented defendants for offences ranging from intercontinental drug importation to kidnap and murder. He completed his vulnerable witness training with the Law Society and is well known in London courts for his measured style of advocacy and tenacious closing speeches.

J-P was shortlisted in the 2015 and 2016 Law Society Excellence Awards in the category of “Solicitor Advocate of the Year”. In the 2016 shortlist the Judges’ panel, described him as “having developed a reputation as a leading advocate – particularly in cross-examination of expert witnesses”. At GT Stewart he was a prominent member of their Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners ranked crime teams, and won The “Lawyer of the Year Award” with the Surrey Law Society in 2019.

In January 2020 J-P joined the staff at the City Law School and is an advocacy tutor as well as a tutor on the Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing module of the Bar Vocational Studies course. J-P also lectures to Pupils at Middle Temple and having formally returned to the Bar, holds a door tenancy at 33 Bedford Row.

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Sarah Pooley

Sarah Pooley is the Dean of the Guildford and Reading Campuses of the University of Law. Sarah has a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Sheffield and an M.Litt from the University of Cambridge. She studied for the Common Professional Examination and Law Society Finals at the University (then College) of Law in London. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Slaughter and May and worked in financial regulation until she moved into legal education. Sarah is a former Head of Students at Guildford and Head of Tutors at the London Moorgate campus. She is the Chair of the Ethics Committee at the University of Law and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was made an Associate Professor in 2015.

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Neil Rose

Neil is a qualified solicitor and has been a legal journalist since 1995. He is the founder and editor of Legal Futures, a news-driven website providing market intelligence for law firms of the future. He is a recognised market commentator on ABSs, legal regulation and the future of the market. He also runs Litigation Futures, the first independent website dedicated to costs, funding and the Jackson reforms.

In 2014, he won the Legal Journalism of the Year award at the Halsbury Legal Awards.

Neil has freelanced for a wide range of publications, including The Guardian and The Times. He is also a co-director of Black Letter Communications, a specialist public relations agency for the legal sector.

Formerly Deputy Editor of the Law Society Gazette, he was also the Editor of the award-winning CILEx Journal, for which he was shortlisted for Editor of the Year (business and professional magazines, non-weekly) by the British Society of Magazine Editors in 2009.

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FAQS

Is it free to nominate?
Yes
Our firm has many individuals doing excellent work. Is there a limit on how many entries can be submitted?
Yes, there are some limits to the number of nominations you can submit based on the number of members in your firm. Please contact admin@surreylawsociety.org.uk for more information.
What is the criteria and format of each award?
Please view the categories and criteria page for details of each Award.
Can non-solicitors enter?
Yes. We accept entries from Solicitors, Barristers, Legal Executives, Licensed Conveyancers and from paralegals and support staff where appropriate so long as the firm and/or individual is a member of the Surrey Law Society.
Can I nominate someone for an individual award if I don’t work in a Law Firm?
Yes.
What is the deadline for nominations?
The deadline for nominations is to be confirmed. Please note that all firms/individuals nominated must be members of the Surrey Law Society.
How do I nominate?
Nominating couldn't be easier, members can download the relevant Nomination Form for the category of their choice and return this to helen.opie@surreylawsociety.org.uk. You may support your nomination by submitting independent objective evidence of the nominees achievements from 3rd parties, for example, in the form of testimonials received on letter headed paper, by email, via press cuttings etc. – these should be concise and no more than three sides of A4.
When do the judges consider the nominations?
Between May and August 2024.
When will the shortlist be announced?
This is to be confirmed.
When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner and Ceremony at G-Live, Guildford, on Thursday 3rd October 2024
Who can attend the Awards Dinner?
Tickets are available to all members - you don't need to have entered the awards.

Contact us

Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any queries regarding an award category, the shortlist, judging process or the Awards Dinner.
Email: helen.opie@surreylawsociety.org.uk or elouise.enright@surreylawsociety.org.uk or phone: 0333 577 3830 Mobile : 07597 582400