LLG Awards 2017 Winners Announced

Publish date: 28/11/2017

The LLG Awards 2017 took place on Friday 24th November 2017 at the Burlington Hotel, Birmingham. It was a fantastic evening showcasing the exceptional legal talent across the membership which is so vital to the work of local authorities. A huge thank you to the sponsors and membership for making the evening possible and a bigger thanks to Clive Myrie who stepped in last minute to cover John Pienaar who had been called to Brussels with the PM. Winners and pictures are within the article.

Governance Lawyer/Team of the Year

Sponsored by Veale Wasbrough Vizards

WINNER:- THE GOVERNANCE TEAM-CITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON COUNCIL

The judges of this award commented that "they were impressed with the winner's novel and varied examples provided in support of their nomination and in particular, the multiple benefits achieved for the authority and wider community whilst responding to the financial challenges within local government".



Litigation Lawyer/Team of the Year

Sponsored by CaseLines

The judges in this category award Highly Commended to Katrina Hulatt of Milton Keynes Council for "being a highly motivated and capable lawyer who understands the legal process and supports and enables the Council to protect the public". The judges stated that "Katrina's work is exceptional".

WINNER:-THE LITIGATION TEAM- SHEFFIELD CITY COUNCIL


People Related Lawyer/Team of the Year

Sponsored by Weightmans

The Judges in this category awarded Highly Commended to Lara MacNab of Warwickshire County Council for her "impressive achievements in obtaining a range of orders to protect vulnerable members of the community - as one testimonial stated, "she has achieved what we thought might be impossible".

WINNER:- BRETT DAVIES - WAKEFIELD COUNCIL

The judges of this award commented "It was clear from the nomination that the winner has achieved a huge amount in a short space of time and has the respect of all who work with them. The winner is involved in a number of high profile and important cases earning deserved praise from the judiciary, clients and colleagues".

Place Related Lawyer/Team of the Year

Sponsored by The Law Society

The Judges in this category awarded Highly Commended to the Regeneration & Development Team of the London Borough of Southwark for the variety of projects undertaken and evidenced community impact.

WINNER:- THE PLACES LEGAL TEAM - TELFORD & WREKIN Council

The judges of this award commented that the winner "demonstrated a vast array of work undertaken which linked strategically to the aims of the council as a whole, whilst evidencing direct widespread community benefit. A very impressive and well-deserved winner".


Project Related Lawyer / Team of the Year

Sponsored by Anthony Collins Solicitors

The judges in this category awarded Highly Commended to Newark & Sherwood District Council for their work in supporting the provision of a sports and community village in Newark which necessitated numerous complex legal threads, partnership working and stakeholder engagement".

The judges of this award commented that the winner "exemplifies the very best in collaborative working; calling on specialisms from across the team at the right time to ensure innovative and progressive service delivery. Demonstrating examples of effective stakeholder engagement, partnership working and negotiation skills; this team delivered high stake projects with huge community benefits and vast financial savings".

WINNER:-SOUTHAMPTON & FAREHAM LEGAL SERVICES PARTNERSHIP


CILEx Lawyer of the Year

Sponsored by CILEx & Hoopers

The Judges in this category found it incredibly difficult to split the 5 remaining nominations who did not win in this category; stating that the breadth of work and commitment was overwhelming from all entrants. Somewhat unusually, the judges have taken the decision to Commend all nominations submitted within this category and thank them for their tremendous work.

WINNER:-SHEILA TELI- LONDON BOROUGH HACKNEY

The judges of this award commented that the winner "evidenced a range of excellent legal work and results which impacted positively on the local community, together with numerous and varied testimonials in support which were vastly impressive in their praise and commendation".


Business Manager/Business Team of the Year

Sponsored by Thomson Reuters

Judges in this category awarded Highly Commended to the Finance & Systems team led by Mark Randell. The judges were impressed by the demonstrative value the team, and in particular Mark added to the department. Comments like "unfailingly constructive and prompt"; "frequently ingenious and resourceful"; "they are a wonder"; "they have so much knowledge", were common throughout.

WINNER:- THE PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TEAM - LGSS LAW LTD

The Judges of this Award commented "They impressed by the way in which this team steered an innovative legal department through a period of enormous change and implemented a new case management and finance system. It was clear to the judges that the scale of the work which this team successful delivered was unprecedented, and we commend them for navigating the technical, regulatory and cultural aspects of this venture while maintaining robust internal business processes and positive relationships with their lawyers."


Junior Lawyer of the Year

Sponsored by Iken

The Judges in this category awarded Highly Commended to both Ben Hitch from Wakefield Council and Tom Pugh from Southampton & Fareham Legal Services Partnership. The judges commented that they were impressed by Ben's commitment to the Family Justice Young People's Board from the age of 14 and by Tom's desire to progress and learn as demonstrated by his performance, being more reflective of a lawyer with more experience than he holds currently holds.

WINNER:- ZABINA BI- WEST MIDLANDS COMBINED AUTHORITY

The judges of this award commented that the winner "had demonstrated a progressive and innovative approach to large, multi-disciplinary projects involving numerous agencies and geographical boundaries. Evidencing an exceptional contribution to local government, the winner is a leading example for all Junior Lawyers"


Local Government Legal Professional of the Year Award

Sponsored by DPS Software

The Judges awarded Highly Commended to Brett Davies of Wakefield Council for his ability to master the most complex cases and the important role he plays in mentoring other lawyers in the difficult area of care proceedings.

WINNER:- WENDY RATCLIFFE- MILTON KEYNES COUNCIL

The Judges of this award commented that the winner "had played a key role in the development of court process and demonstrated a personal commitment to difficult cases. The judges were particularly struck by the warmth of testimonials received which spoke of in-depth legal knowledge and creativity in formulating tailored legal solutions".


Local Government Legal Team of the Year

Sponsored by ashfords

The Judges in this category awarded Highly Commended to Wolverhampton Legal Team. The Judges were impressed with the breadth of impact of the Legal Services Team within the Council, particularly the contribution it is making to the regeneration of Wolverhampton. The judges felt that this was a confident team with strong leadership and a can-do attitude which is playing a vital part in the renaissance of the City.

WINNER:- WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL LEGAL SERVICES

The judges of this award commented that the winning team "admired the team's outward facing approach and were impressed with the way they were able to demonstrate a real impact, both in terms of outcomes and savings for their authority as well as other public-sector clients. The evidence of public service collaboration was impressive and the very strong sense of a committed team which was valued highly by their clients and which demonstrated a real impact on their communities led the judges to a unanimous decision"



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