Nominations now open for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards

11 March 2015

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards, which recognises the invaluable work undertaken by lawyers and advisers working in the publicly-funded sector.

The awards, which are now in their thirteenth year, are being organised by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG). The Bar Council is sponsoring the Legal Aid Barrister category of the Awards.

There are 12 categories for this year's awards:

  • Children's Rights
  • Criminal Defence
  • Family Legal Aid
  • Family Mediation
  • Housing
  • Public Law
  • Social and Welfare
  • Legal Aid Newcomer
  • Legal Aid Barrister
  • Legal Aid Firm/Not-for-profit Agency
  • Access to Justice through IT
  • Outstanding Achievement

 Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

"We are proud to be sponsoring the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards. Cuts to legal aid have caused significant damage to the justice system, which have led to massive reductions in access to justice, created lengthy delays and a vast increase in litigants in person in the courts and threatened the viability of the publicly-funded Bar.

"Now more than ever we need to emphasise the importance of access to justice and recognise the significant work undertaken by legal aid lawyers."

The deadline for nominations is 27 April 2015 and the awards ceremony will take place on 1 July 2015.

For further information on the awards and to access the nomination form, visit


 Notes to editors:

1. Further information is available from the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525 and

2. The Bar Council's Bar Placement Week initiative, aimed at improving social mobility within the profession, won the Award for Diversity and Inclusion at the Halsbury Legal Awards in September 2014.

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  • The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services

  • Fair access to justice for all

  • The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and

  • The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.

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