Law Centre specialist wins social welfare lawyer of the year

Monday, June 9th 2014

Douglas Johnson, of Sheffield Citizens Advice and Law Centre (formerly Sheffield Law Centre), was awarded the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) award in the social welfare category. 

The awards, dubbed the 'legal aid Oscars', recognise outstanding achievement in publicly funded legal work. They were announced on 5th June in a formal ceremony in central London, attended by dignitaries and over 300 guests.   

The judging panel noted that engineering's loss was law's gain - alluding to Johnson's previous occupation as a shipyard engineer before becoming an adviser. 

Two other Law Centre lawyers were shortlisted as finalists in other categories: Solange Valdez of Ealing Law Centre in the immigration category; and Vivien Gambling of Lambeth Law Centre in the housing category. 

Law Centres send their congratulations to Douglas, Solange and Viv - you have done us proud! 

Click below for some of the coverage of the LALYs 2014: 

Law Society Gazette