The Law Society of England and Wales has opened nominations for Legal Heroes 2024, which recognises the solicitors who stand out for making a lasting difference.
People across England and Wales are being encouraged to nominate their Legal Hero – someone who has made a difference to the lives of others, their local community or society over the last two years. Nominations are open from 1 February to 28 February 2024.
President of the Law Society Nick Emmerson, said:
“We are excited to be once again celebrating solicitors who are committed to helping people in their local communities and beyond.
Solicitors are the backbone of the justice system and our Legal Heroes are people who use their skills, expertise and drive to put the interests of others first, demonstrating the core values which are at the heart of our profession: helping others in need.”
Last year, nominees attended the ceremony with their friends and family to celebrate their achievements. They were nominated for their work in a wide-range of charities and projects, from working to end honour-based violence and female genital mutilation, to supporting those without representation in court or access to legal aid in private family law cases.
The full list of Legal Heroes 2023 is:
- Shabina Begum
- Jonathan Lafferty
- Emily Mcfadden
- Sabeena Pirooz
- Qaisar Sheikh
- Clive Sutton
- Martin Whitehorn
One Legal Hero was recognised for their efforts to improve disabled access in the law while another was integral to a case which protected retired solicitors and public insurance against the closure of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF).
Others have worked tirelessly to keep legal aid alive for children and young people experiencing difficulty in their education, while another Legal Hero helped set up a fund that enables social welfare workers to take qualifying law exams.
This year’s Legal Heroes will be announced by Law Society president Nick Emmerson at an event at 113 Chancery Lane in September 2024.
Nominations are open between 1 February 2024 – 28 February 2024. Nominate them here.