2017 Legal Awards Launch

The Devon and Somerset Law Society’s Legal Awards 2017 have been officially launched.The best of the legal profession were invited to afternoon tea at The Deer Park Hotel in Honiton yesterday to celebrate the initiative designed to recognise the achievements of the Westcountry legal profession.

DASLS president Mark Roome said: “DASLS legal awards demonstrate the quality of legal services provided by solicitors in Devon and Somerset. Along with gaining great publicity, winners and shortlisted entries are able to stand out as leading the way in the Solicitors’ profession. Now is the time to submit your entry for one or more of these prestigious awards.”

Lawyers and legal practices are being invited to submit nominations. There are 12 categories and the deadline for entries is October 21.

DASLS has teamed up with DC Media, with titles including the Western Morning News, to organise the event.It is headline sponsored by specialist legal software company SOS.

Graham Colbourne, SOS managing director, said: “Following the outstanding success of last year’s awards, we are delighted that SOS is Headline Sponsor for the Devon & Somerset Law Society’s Legal Awards 2017.”Several people told me last year that they didn’t make any nominations, I would encourage them to go against their natural modesty and nominate their firms or colleagues for this year’s awards. We know Devon and Somerset law firms are amongst the most progressive in the UK and as such I think they have a lot to be proud of.

“I very much enjoyed judging the entries last year and look forward to having an even harder job this year.”

Mr Colbourne will be joined on the judging panel by Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis; Judge Erik Salomonsen; Rob Varley, chief executive of the Met Office; Richard Edwards, interim head of the law school at the University of Exeter; Stephen Roberts, chief executive of North Devon Hospice; Bill Martin, regional editor-in-chief with DC Media; Stephanie Henshaw, corporate audit partner at PKF Francis Clark and Anne Blackburn, founder of the Sidona Group.

Last year, more than 400 members of the legal profession came together at a gala dinner to showcase the profession and celebrate practitioners. The ceremony is being held at Sandy Park, Exeter on March 2, 2017.

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