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.