Nominations for the 14th Legal Aid Practitioners Group Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards officially open today (1 March).

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Tikit is delighted to be sponsoring the Social and Welfare award at this year’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.

New for 2016: introduction of crowdfunded sponsorship for popular Legal Aid Newcomer Award; eligibility criteria extended to include lawyers in Northern Ireland.

Nomination period ends 25 April; winners to be announced 7 July in central London.

Nominations for the 2016 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) awards are now open. There are 12 awards in total including Children’s Rights, Public Law, Family Legal Aid, Mental Health, and Criminal Defence (see full list, below).

For the first time, supporters of legal aid will have the opportunity to be publicly recognised as Friends of LALY16, by making a donation (via crowdfunding) to sponsor the Legal Aid Newcomer award, which is always one of the highlights of the evening.

LAPG director Carol Storer says:

‘Launched in 2002, the LALYs are one of the longest standing legal awards, set up to celebrate those lawyers who go the extra mile for their clients. They have always been ground breaking and it is fitting that our 14th year sees us continuing to innovate. The introduction of crowdfunding – which we believe is a first in this sector – is entirely in keeping with the grassroots, inclusive spirit of the LALYs that sets us apart and engenders such loyalty and support from all sectors of the legal aid profession. From as little as £10, anyone who thinks the life-changing work of legal aid lawyers is worth celebrating can become a Friend of LALY16, and have their name published in the programme on the night.’

Full details of the crowdfunding scheme and the rewards available for different levels of donation are available here: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/friends-of-LALY16

All money raised from crowdfunding will go towards the cost of staging the awards. The LALYs are non-profit-making and traditionally have relied on sponsorship from lawyers’ groups and commercial organisations which are dedicated to the legal aid sector. For a full list of this year’s 10 award sponsors, see the nomination form: http://lapg.co.uk/lalys/

Also new for 2016, all awards categories will be opened up to lawyers in Northern Ireland.

Carol Storer says:

‘Being a legal aid lawyer is never easy, but those working in Northern Ireland have the additional difficulty of carrying out their work against a unique and complex political backdrop. We are very pleased, therefore, to be able to invite nominations from Northern Ireland this year for the first time.’

The 2016 award categories in full are:

* Children’s Rights

Sponsored by Accesspoint

* Criminal Defence

Sponsored by CILEx

* Family Legal Aid

* Family Mediation

Both sponsored by Resolution

* Public Law

Sponsored by Irwin Mitchell

* Mental Health

Sponsored by DG Legal

* Social and Welfare

Sponsored by Tikit

* Legal Aid Newcomer

Sponsored by Friends of LALY16

* Legal Aid Barrister

Sponsored by The Bar Council

* Legal Aid Firm/Not-for-profit Agency

Sponsored by The Law Society

* Access to Justice through IT

Sponsored by The Legal Education Foundation

* Outstanding Achievement

Sponsored by Matrix

 LALY media partner

Legal Action Group

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT

 

 Carol Storer, LAPG director

Carol.storer@lapg.co.uk

020 7833 7431

07801 593963

 

Fiona Bawdon, LALY organiser

Fiona.bawdon@blueyonder.co.uk

020 8211 0903

07740 644474