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Unsung heroes Part 2


The shortlist for the Legal Aid Practitioners Group Legal Aid lawyers of the year awards is out (see previous post here), and given that housing only featured as a subset of social welfare, there is a good crop of housing lawyers in there. Not NL, of course. Sadly, my fond hopes have been spurned like those of a bride with no capital in a Jane Austen novel. Damn you all.

In the social welfare category, two of the three are housing people. Dawn McPherson of Fisher Meredith, well known for her specialist ASB work, and Mike McIlvaney of Community Law Partnership, occasional commentor here and friend of the blog in the ‘phone call every six months’ sense (sorry Mike, couldn’t resist).

In the Legal Aid Barrister category is Robert Latham of Doughty Street, and in the Young Legal Aid Barrister category are John Beckley of Garden Court and Ben McCormack of Garden Court North. All no doubt well known to many of us.

A good, nay deserved, showing by housing specialists overall. NL, naturally, isn’t going to play favourites, apart from the housing thing, of course. As far as I’m concerned, they’re all winners, and anyway its the journey that is important. (I may have caught a little too much Strictly Come Dancing). I hope they all enjoy the night with Cherie Booth QC.

Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts.


  1. J

    Congratulations to Robert Latham on winning “Legal Aid Barrister of the Year”

  2. NL

    @J: I can’t see a list anywhere yet?

  3. ben

    So far as housing and related areas were concerned:

    Robert Latham won barrister of the year
    Yogi Amin of Irwin Mitchell won the Social Welfare Lawyer category
    Julie Burton won the Mental Health category
    Jackson and Canter won Legal aid firm of the year

    Well done to all!

  4. J

    @NL – I was notified by email. Still nothing online yet.

  5. NL

    @ben: And young barrister? Modesty or fury?

  6. ben

    NL – Neither!
    Felicity Williams (crime, human rights) of 6KBW was young barrister of the year



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