CILEx sponsors Legal Aid Awards 2017

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CILEx sponsors Legal Aid Awards 2017

21 February 2017

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is once again sponsoring the 2017 Legal Aid Practitioners Group Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) Awards. This year, CILEx is backing the Children’s Rights category and nominations are now being accepted for all Awards.

After successfully trialing the use of crowdfunding to raise sponsorship for the Legal Aid Newcomer award, which traditionally kicks off the awards ceremony, LAPG has decided to repeat the exercise for 2017.

LAPG director Carol Storer said “We were overwhelmed by the amount of support from people last year who became official “Friends of LALY16″, and donated to sponsor the Legal Aid Newcomer award. Some 67 of them made contributions, and we raised over £4,000, against our original target of £3,000. We are hoping to do even better this year. The fact that so many organisations and individuals want to show their solidarity with the LALYs and the young lawyers who are the future of our profession is real testament to the passion and commitment of this sector.” 

All money raised by Friends of LALY17 will go towards the cost of staging the event, including keeping ticket prices affordable.

For full details of how to become a Friend of LALY17, visit:

New for 2017, all LALY nominations must be submitted online via:

The nomination period ends on 28 April, Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE will present the awards at the ceremony on 5 July in central London.

The 2017 award categories in full are:
  • Children’s Rights sponsored by CILEx
  • Criminal Defence sponsored by DG Legal
  • Family Private (including Mediation) sponsored by Resolution 
  • Family Public sponsored by Resolution
  • Immigration and Asylum sponsored by Accesspoint
  • Public Law sponsored by Irwin Mitchell
  • Social and Welfare sponsored by Tikit
  • Legal Aid Newcomer sponsored by Friends of LALY17
  • Legal Aid Barrister sponsored by The Bar Council
  • Legal Aid Firm/Not-for-profit Agency sponsored by The Law Society
  • Access to Justice through IT sponsored by The Legal Education Foundation
  • Outstanding Achievement sponsored by Matrix Chambers

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