Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Winners 2022

A huge well done to the LAPG Team for organising the 20th Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards, and hosting yet another amazing in-person event after holding the last two years of awards online. It was fantastic to be back in the room and having the opportunity to network with the legal aid industry. The Bidwell Henderson team was out in full force represented by Rebecca Bidwell, Ann Henderson, Megan Kutter and Kimberley Heath, on our stand kitted out with our #BHBears and other fantastic merchandise. We feel so proud to sponsor the Disability Rights category at such a wonderful event that celebrates the standouts of this industry.

Congratulations to all the finalists and the winners of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards 2022.

Winners of #LALY2022

1.Legal Aid Newcomer

Ciara BartlamGarden Court North Chambers

2. Legal Aid Support Staffer

David NealeGarden Court Chambers

Lesley Kennedy-Neal – Wilson Solicitors LLP

3. Disability Rights

Anna MooreLeigh Day

4. Family Law

Grace BradleyThe Family Law Company

5. Criminal Defence

Laura O’Brien – Hodge Jones & Allen

6. Legal Aid Barristers

Amean ElgadhyOne Pump Court Chambers

7. Legal Aid Firm/Not for Profit

UCL Integrated Legal Advice Clinic (UCL iLAC)

8. Regional Legal Aid Firm/Non-for-Profit Agency

Johnson Astills Solicitors

9. Public Law

Qaisar SheikhCoram Children’s Legal Centre

10. Social Welfare Law

Chris McKendry – Wilson Solicitors LLP

11. Housing Law

Rajea SultanaMiles & Partners LLP

12. Outstanding Achievement

Zia Nabi of @DoughtyStreet

“Zia said he is struck by how many people have used the word ‘privilege’ to describe what it is to be a legal aid lawyer. It is doing something that really matters to you, and we know that ours and our clients’ roles could be reversed in the blink of an eye.”

Please see below Rebecca Bidwell and Ann Henderson‘s testimonial about the night of celebrations.

“What a wonderful night. The 20th birthday of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards exceeded all of our expectations. The room was full of excitement and it was wonderful to be back in person celebrating with some of the country’s most talented and hard working lawyers.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners.

Massive Congratulations also to the Team LALY who pulled off a fabulous event.” – Rebecca Bidwell, Director

“So privileged to have been able to celebrate with all the amazing legal aid lawyers in attendance at the 20th Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards hosted by LAPG. It was a truly fantastic and emotional evening hearing about the finalists accomplishments and seeing them supported by their clients, colleagues and family.

Congratulations to all the Winners and Finalists.” – Ann Henderson, Director