British Family Law Awards 2024 shortlist revealed and tickets released

The shortlist for the very first British Family Law Awards has been exclusively revealed this morning with firms up and down the country recognised for the excellence in service, expertise and skill. Tickets are now available for the glitzy ceremony which will be hosted at the Bristol Harbour Hotel on 25th January 2024. 

The British Family Law Awards have been launched by Today’s Media, the publishers of the daily news publication Today’s Family Lawyer, to recognise and celebrate excellence across the vibrant family law community. The awards follow in the footsteps of the now well-established British Wills and Probate Awards and British Conveyancing Awards.

The evening is unique in its format, encouraging extensive networking alongside the celebrations throughout the evening. The Ceremony is hosted at the start of the evening with Joanna Gosling leading proceedings; the former BBC news presenter has recently joined Irwin Mitchell as a mediator in the family law team. Attendees then move to a dedicated Networking Reception with the attendee list published beforehand, before the evening dinner and after party.


  • 17:30 Welcome & Take your seats
  • 18:00 Awards Ceremony
  • 19:00 Networking Reception
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • 21:30 Entertainment
  • 00:00 Carriages

Today’s Family Lawyer in uniquely positioned as the only daily online news resource dedicated to family law practitioners, at the forefront of current affairs and sentiment across the industry. Through its online presence, and weekly newsletter, it delivers editorially independent news, case commentaries, industry insight and regulatory updates to thousands of family lawyers in England and Wales every day.

It was through this lens that the concept of The British Family Law Awards was developed; a wholly independent event bringing the very best of the family law community together from across the country. 14 categories, all with carefully curated criteria, designed to showcase the incredible work of lawyers who work tirelessly to promote and provide access to justice for so many.

Each entry has been scrutinised by a panel of expert judges drawn from across the family and wider legal sector with the final shortlist a “who’s who” of family law professionals. 44 firms make the shortlist this year which is drawn from across the full gamut of organisations who contribute to the life, times and success of the family law community.

Commenting on the shortlist Today’s Media Managing Director David Opie said

In its first year the shortlist is everything we had hoped it would be; a recognition of firms up and down the country, from large to boutique, who deliver excellence in legal expertise, client service and staff wellbeing. We look forward to welcoming the cream of the family community to Bristol to celebrate with us in this inaugural year of The British Family Law Awards.

Tickets for the events open today and are available on The British Family Law Awards website. Individual tickets are priced at £210 +VAT with tables also available. For sponsorship enquiries please contact Grace Beech on 0330 1000 839 or email

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The Shortlist for The British Family Law Awards 2024

Family Innovator of the Year

  • OurFamilyWizard
  • SE-Solicitors
  • The Divorce Surgery

Family Mediator of the Year

  • Helen Pittard – 174 Family Law & Mediation Services
  • Edward Cooke – Edward Cooke Family Law
  • Claire Colbert – Family Mediation & Mentoring LLP
  • Sushma Kotecha – Holistic Family Mediation & Coaching
  • Jo O’Sullivan – O’Sullivan Family Law

Excellence in Client Care – Sponsored by Infolegal

  • BSG Solicitors
  • Irwin Mitchell LLP
  • Rowlinsons Solicitors
  • Tayntons Solicitors
  • Venters Solicitors

Innovation in Marketing & Social Strategy

  • In/Fertility in the City
  • OurFamilyWizard
  • Wilson Browne Solicitors

Chambers of the Year

  • 42BR Barristers
  • Deka Chambers
  • KCH Garden Chambers

Boutique Family Law Firm of the Year

  • 174 Family Law & Mediation Services
  • Collective Law Solicitors
  • Edward Cooke Family Law
  • Edwards Family Law
  • Emmersons Solicitors

Legal Supplier of the Year

  • Claire Macklin Divorce Coach
  • OurFamilyWizard
  • Settify

Family Lawyer of the Year

  • Alison Leivesley – Bindmans LLP
  • Aysha Chouhdary – Geldards Solicitors
  • Farzana Naz – Saracens Solicitors
  • Peter Burgess – Burgess Mee Family Law
  • Simon Craddock – Brethertons Solicitors LLP

Family Law Team of the Year

  • Coodes Solicitors LLP
  • Dutton Gregory Solicitors
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys
  • Hunters Law LLP
  • Taylor Walton Solicitors

“One to Watch” Family Practitioner of the Year

  • Connie Smith – Irwin Mitchell LLP
  • Jessica Leech – Wilson Browne Solicitors
  • Kathryn Cassells – Vaitilingam Kay Solicitors
  • Shreya Kallingal – The Family Law Company
  • Vikkie Chetcuti-Gee – Burgess Mee Family Law

Best Place to Work

  • Barcan+Kirby
  • Brabners
  • Edward Cooke Family Law
  • Rayden Solicitors
  • Rowlinsons Solicitors

Barrister of the Year

  • June Venters KC – Venters Solicitors
  • Mani Singh Basi– 4PB
  • Maria Hancock – Westgate Chambers
  • Sharan Bhachu – 42BR Barristers

Family Law Firm of the Year – Regional

  • Birketts LLP
  • Brabners
  • Emmersons Solicitors
  • Taylor Walton Solicitors
  • Thomson Snell & Passmore

Family Law Firm of the Year – National

  • Burgess Mee Family Law
  • Irwin Mitchell LLP
  • Stowe Family Law
  • Weightmans LLP

Congratulations to all the finalists and good luck on the night!

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