Family lawyers in England and Wales celebrated their many successes and outstanding achievements at the fifth annual Family Law Awards last night.
Over 450 family lawyers attended the Family Law Awards at
the Grand Connaught Rooms in London to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work
and commitment throughout the year amongst the nominees and the profession as a
The shortlist and winners were chosen by a judging panel
made up of the heads of the Family Law Bar Association, Resolution, CILEx and
the Association of Lawyers for Children, along with Family Law editors and
In keeping with tradition, three of this year's awards were
voted for by the family law community (Chartered Legal Executive or Paralegal,
Commentator and the brand new Clerking Team award) with votes across all three
categories flooding in at an all-time high.
Full of panache and personality, Sir Mark Hedley hosted the
ceremony expertly. There were raucous revelries, standing ovations and the
unique sense of camaraderie that makes family law so special.
The prestigious Cornwell Award for Outstanding Contribution
to Family Law, sponsored by Coram Chambers, was won by Naomi Angell, Osbornes
LLP. Naomi has been at the vanguard of reforms from the beginning of her career
to date. Her contribution to family law, spanning more than 40 years, was
praised for not only being outstanding but truly remarkable.
Will Ricketts, CEO, Jordan Publishing, said, 'Over the last
five years, the Family Law Awards have become enormously popular. This is a
wonderful opportunity for individuals and firms to be recognised by their
peers. At the same time, the Awards also highlight excellent family law work,
to a wider audience.'
Jordan Publishing would like to congratulate all
the winners and shortlisted nominees and thank everyone who submitted a
nomination and voted.