This Month Philippa Southwell won the legal aid lawyer of the year for her modern slavery legal work. Congratulations to all the other finalists.

‘The criminal defence solicitor who led the way on county lines and modern slavery cases; plus the barrister behind the Supreme Courtruling in Samuels, are among 34 individuals and organisations shortlisted for this year’s LALY awards.’

Chris Minnoch, CEO of LAPG, which organises the LALY awards on a not-for-profit basis to celebrate the work of social justice lawyers, says:
‘The finalists selected by the LALY judges this year truly reflect the broad range of lawyers and organisations who all have a vital role to play in ensuring people in our communities have access to high-calibre legal advice. We are recognising the lawyers who are working to
protect the rights of prisoners charged with the most serious offences; of children at risk of FGM; of families living in unsafe, unsuitable homes; and much more. We introduced a Regional Legal Aid Firm/Not-for-Profit award this year, and are delighted that finalists in our
11 awards categories are based everywhere from rural Wales, to Northern Ireland, to Liverpool, to Stoke on Trent, to London – and many places in between.’