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The people of the UK have spoken! And with one mighty voice, said “Um, errr…” (as of 8 am Friday)

So, in the meantime, here is something that I wasn’t going to mention, at all. But then I was told by some of the others that, should the highly unlikely actually happen, they would announce it.

And on reflection, I thought credit should be properly distributed in any event, so…

One of the Nearly Legal team is a finalist in the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards. That person is in fact, me. However, given that this blog has assuredly played a large part in this surprise, it is the efforts of the NL team as a whole that are really being acknowledged.

Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year finalistAs it is quite fantastically improbable that I will actually win the award, this is an appropriate moment to announce that I’m not going to win it on behalf of the whole team.

As to which award, let’s just say it puts to rest any notion that lawyers don’t do irony.

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. simply wondered

    bollocks to your modesty – well done and good luck for the next bit.

  2. lawminx

    My Dear NL,

    What wonderful news! Its high time you were praised to the rafters for your sterling work, praise that is extraordinarily WELL deserved and long overdue. I hope you get the panel’s nod, and that you will plaster the banner above over all of your subsequent posts!! :)

  3. Tessa Shepperson

    Many congratulations. It is well earned. I have watched the Nearly Legal Blog grow from its inception, and you have created something unique and special here. Good luck for the finals.

    Mind you, I think *all* legal aid lawyers probably deserve an award, for doing legal aid work in the first place …

  4. NL

    Thank you all, but I think Tessa is right. There are a lot of good people out there.

  5. bm

    NL – award or not, you are too humble. There are indeed loads of hard working (and hard pressed) legal aid lawyers out there. But most of them don’t give up huge amounts of their time to create and maintain a fantastic resource that benefits hundreds of others. Best of luck with the awards, but more importantly, keep up the good work with this site.


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