Law Centres lawyers acknowledged for outstanding work

Thursday, April 17th 2014

Three Law Centres lawyers have been shortlisted for the coveted Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) awards. The LALYs are awarded each year by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) to celebrate lawyers and advisers working in the publicly-funded sector.

The LALYs are currently in their twelfth year, and Law Centre lawyers have enjoyed considerable success in them, picking up awards almost every year. This year’s shortlist includes:

  1. Vivien Gambling (Lambeth Law Centre) – shortlisted for the housing award. Viv leads Lambeth’s housing team and is also a trustee of Camden Community Law Centre. She is a longstanding and dedicated Law Centre lawyer and a former chair of the Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA).
  2. Douglas Johnson (Sheffield Citizens Advice and Law Centre) – shortlisted in the social/welfare category. Douglas specialises in discrimination law and works tenaciously for his clients and local groups. In November he was highly commended for his work at the annual Law Centres awards.
  3. Solange Valdez (Ealing Law Centre) – shortlisted for the immigration/asylum prize. Solange leads the immigration team at one of our newest Law Centres, and has already established an innovative project for registering children as British citizens.

Nimrod Ben-Cnaan, Head of Policy and Profile at Law Centres Network, said:

“We are very pleased with these shortlistings. They are a testament to the positive power of dedicated Law Centre professionals. Given recent legal aid cuts, these achievements are also a real triumph over adversity. The LALYs remind us of the state’s necessary role of ensuring access to justice for all through public funding of legal aid. This backing and this work must go on, so we can continue to win justice for our clients and communities and advance equality in the UK.”

The Law Centres Network wishes all three shortlisted nominees good luck at the awards, which will be announced in a ceremony in central London on 5th June 2014.