Manchester Legal Awards 2020 – Principal Sponsors

Clare Knowles, Marketing Consultant20 January 2020

It was announced at the end of last year’s Manchester Legal Awards, that we’d once again be headline sponsors in 2020. And here we are, with the judging done, our invitations ready and less than two months to go until the evening takes place.
When it comes to acknowledging and celebrating the incredible legal talent here in the Manchester region, there’s no other event that compares. Find out more about the 2020 awards, our continued pledge to support the event and why we’re extra excited for this year’s…

The 11th year of the Manchester Legal Awards

Now in their eleventh year, the Manchester Legal Awards continue to get bigger and better. More nominations and greater demand for tickets. And as the legal landscape changes across the region, so must the awards themselves evolve. This is important to deliver a true reflection of the achievements in the sector. Fran Eccles-Bech, Chief Executive of the Manchester Law Society and the driving force behind the Manchester Legal Awards confirmed some changes have been made to the categories this year. Within the Trainee and Paralegal category, this year there was the opportunity to nominate Apprentices too. And within the Partner of the Year category, nominations could also be made for Legal Directors, Members, Principal Lawyers and Consultants.  

8 years delivering legal recruitment services
The Manchester Legal Awards are only a couple of years older than us. As a business founded in Manchester, we’ve grown alongside them, watching them become ever more successful. That reason alone makes it special for us to be the Principal sponsors. The success of the awards of course, is very much down to the thriving talent across the region. In the eight years we’ve been delivering our legal recruitment services across Manchester, we’ve seen first-hand the growth potential.
We’ve had the pleasure of helping many talented professionals with their legal careers. Assisting a junior lawyer with their first legal position on qualification for example, to seeing them progress up the ladder, be that at the same firm or a different local firm, is always humbling. If awards are won along the way or former candidates reach other career highlights, it’s a privilege to know we were involved and could help at some stage. We’re definitely one of the biggest advocates of Manchester’s legal sector success. And when it comes to the awards night, it’s like catching up with old friends.

Why do we sponsor the awards?
It’s the biggest event in the Manchester legal calendar and always a great night. And we mean a great night – what better event could we headline? Especially as a business born and bred in Manchester. We’re proud of the city we were founded in and how it’s prospered. The Manchester Legal Awards have always been something we’ve wanted to be involved in. It’s literally the highlight of the year for the local legal profession. And in our line of work, it’s a good time to get to know some of our clients and candidates better. To relax and have some of the conversations which are difficult to have during a busy working week.
Commercially, the awards work very well for us. We get a lot of publicity in return for our sponsorship. And thanks to the hard work and efforts of Fran and her team, the event is always very well put together, and a sell-out success. We take a lot away from the evening, which is why we have committed to sponsoring the awards for a second year.

How the nominations stack up
If you haven’t already seen who’s up for what award, here’s the list of nominees for the Manchester Legal Awards 2020. We look forward to learning more about the individuals and teams on the night, and wish all the nominees, the very best of luck!

Trainee/Paralegal/Apprentice of the Year
Hannah Costley, Burton Copeland
Hayley Crombleholme, Irwin Mitchell
Annie Hennis, Trowers & Hamlins
Lizzie McPeake, JMW Solicitors LLP
Kurtis Windrow, Eversheds Sutherland

Solicitor of the Year
Saoirse de Bont, Irwin Mitchell
Amanda Lea, DWF Law
Cheryl Palmer-Hughes, Irwin Mitchell
Sarah Sharples, Irwin Mitchell

Pro Bono/Community Initiative of the Year
Irwin Mitchell
MMU Law School Pro Bono Network
University of Manchester Justice Hub
Weightmans LLP

Law Firm Innovation of the Year
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
TQ Property Lawyers

Corporate / Commercial Team of the Year
Beyond Corporate Law
Eversheds Sutherland
Mills & Reeve
Weightmans LLP

Crime Team of the Year
Clifford Johnston & Co
Mortons Solicitors Limited
Olliers Solicitors
Stephensons Solicitors

Employment Team of the Year
Eversheds Sutherland

Family Law Team of the Year
Hall Brown
Irwin Mitchell
JMW Solicitors LLP

Litigation Team of the Year
Brabners LLP
Eversheds Sutherland
JMW Solicitors LLP
Mills & Reeve

Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Team of the Year
Aequitas Legal
Horwich Cohen Coglan
JMW Solicitors LLP

Private Client Team of the Year
Irwin Mitchell
Hugh Jones Solicitors
Linder Myers
Weightmans LLP

Property Team of the Year
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Eversheds Sutherland
JMW Solicitors LLP

Regulatory Team of the Year
Eversheds Sutherland
JMW Solicitors LLP

Barrister/QC of the Year
Jaime Hamilton QC, 9 St John Street Chambers
Henry Blackshaw, Lincoln House Chambers
Mary O’Rourke QC, Deans Court Chambers

Barristers Chambers of the Year
9 St John Street Chambers
Deans Court Chambers
Kings Chambers
St John’s Buildings

Partner of the Year
Matthew Claughton, Olliers Solicitors
Ian Lewis, JMW Solicitors LLP
Richard Scorer, Slater and Gordon
Rachel Somerset, Mills & Reeve

Small Firm of the Year (1-5 partners nationally)
Burton Copeland
Greenhalgh Kerr
Hugh Jones Solicitors
Latitude Law

Medium Firm of the Year (6-20 partners nationally)
Hall Brown
Horwich Cohen Coghlan

Large Firm of the Year (20+ partners nationally)
Eversheds Sutherland
Irwin Mitchell
JMW Solicitors LLP

All of us here at Interlink would like to congratulate those shortlisted for an award this year. And if you’ve got your tickets booked for the Manchester Legal Awards at The Midland Hotel on 5th March 2020, we look forward to seeing you on the night.  Let’s enjoy celebrating another great year across the region!

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