‘Inspiring and highly respected’. Bristol Law Society Award winners congratulated at annual dinner

November 4, 2022

A lawyer left paralysed from the neck down following a car accident and a recently retired and highly respected deputy High Court judge were among the winners at last night’s Bristol Law Society Awards.

Rob Camm, pictured, who qualified as a solicitor in April with Osborne Clarke, won the Law Student of the Year Award, with the judges describing him as “a role model and an inspiration to all”.  

Nick Marston, who was called to the Bar in 1975 and whose career took him from practising family law with St John’s Chambers in Bristol to lead judge for the Court of Protection in the South Western region and then as both a deputy circuit judge and as a deputy High Court judge, won the Presidents’ Outstanding Achievement Award.

St John’s Chambers were among the other winners, topping the Chambers of the Year category, while VWV won the Law Firm of the Year (with more than 20 partners) title and Brigstow Family Law claimed the Law Firm of the Year (with up to 20 partners) award.

Other to be successful on the night included Burges Salmon (Sustainable Business of the Year), DAC Beachcroft (Legal Innovator of the Year), and Thompsons Solicitors (Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing).

Lawyer of the Year went to Maria Connolly of TLT with the Junior Lawyer of the Year Award going to Ellie Jones of Ince (Bristol). 

The Support Team Member of the Year Award went to Charlotte Watt of Barcan+Kirby, while Rachel Lobley of Simmons & Simmons landed the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year trophy.

Irwin Mitchell’s public law & human rights team took home the Team of the Year accolade and the Community Engagement Award went to Early Careers Network (a collaboration of VWV, Womble Bond Dickinson, University of Law, Becan Brittan, Michelmores, Clarke Willmott and Foot Anstey). 

Bristol Business News will have a full round-up of all the winners and more details of the awards ceremony in next week’s e-bulletin.

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