Burton Copeland Awarded Crime Team of The Year 2019

A fantastic evening was had at the 10th Manchester Legal Awards which culminated in Burton Copeland being awarded the coveted 2019 - Crime Team of the Year Award.

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Burton Copeland had been shortlisted in three categories. Alongside Olliers, Clifford Johnson and last years winners Morton’s Solicitors, we were shortlisted and won the highly coveted “Crime Team of the Year Award”.

Trainee Solicitor Hannah Costley & Partner Nick Terry

Trainee Solicitor Hannah Costley & Partner Nick Terry

In addition, Hannah Costley was shortlisted in the Trainee / Paralegal category and was winner of that category in 2017. Jonathan Wall was shortlisted in the “Partner of the Year” category. Jonathan was proud to have been shortlisted in the category having only been made partner in 2018, and is the first non qualified lawyer to be made partner in the firms 35 year history.

Manchester Law Society Chief Executive Fran Eccles-Bech

Manchester Law Society Chief Executive Fran Eccles-Bech

Winning the Partner of the Year was Eddie Jones of JMW Solicitors. After the event Jonathan said, “To have been shortlisted in this category with some of the elite of the Manchester legal community less than 12 months after being made partner is a true honour and huge congratulations go to Eddie at JMW”.

The event was a complete sell out with almost 700 guests arriving for a champagne reception before the awards began and dinner was served at the swish event held at the Midland Manchester.

On winning the Crime Team of the Year Award - Managing Partner Louise Straw said, “Despite working in challenging times the team at Burton Copeland strive to ensure that our reputation in criminal law is second to none and this award is recognition of that”.

[From left to right] Host John Hyde (Law Society Gazette), Louise Straw (Managing Partner Burton Copeland, Gary Cook (Partner & Head of Legal Sector, Booth Ainsworth) & Law Society President Michelle Garlick.

[From left to right] Host John Hyde (Law Society Gazette), Louise Straw (Managing Partner Burton Copeland, Gary Cook (Partner & Head of Legal Sector, Booth Ainsworth) & Law Society President Michelle Garlick.

The awards concluded with Hilary Meredith of Hilary Meredith Solicitors picking up the very desirable Lifetime Achievement Award.

A full list of all of the winners:

Trainee/Paralegal of the Year Award

Dovid Black, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Solicitor of the Year Award

Ruth Fairhurst, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Pro Bono/Community Initiative Award

Hall Brown Family Law

Law Firm Innovation Award

Ward Hadaway

Crime - Team of the Year Award

Burton Copeland LLP

Corporate/Commercial - Team of the Year Award

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Employment - Team of the Year Award

Stephensons Solicitors LLP

Family - Team of the Year Award

McAlister Family Law

Litigation - Team of the Year Award

JMW Solicitors LLP

Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence - Team of the Year Award

CFG Law

Private Client - Team of the Year Award

Weightmans LLP

Property - Team of the Year Award

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Regulatory - Team of the Year Award

JMW Solicitors LLP

Barrister of the Year Award

Kate Blackwell QC, Lincoln House Chambers

Barristers’ Chambers of the Year Award

Lincoln House Chambers

Partner of the Year Award

Eddie Jones, JMW Solicitors LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Small (1-5 partners nationally) Award

Hall Brown Family Law

Law Firm of the Year - Medium (6-20 partners nationally) Award

Pannone Corporate

Law Firm of the Year - Large (20+ partners nationally) Award

JMW Solicitors LLP