Nominees Shortlist

Family Law Awards

The 5th annual Family Law Awards take place on Thursday 8 October at the Grand Connaught Rooms, LONDON WC2B 5DA

Below is a list of all the shortlisted nominees.

Of the sixteen awards, the shortlist and winners of twelve are selected by the judging panel, three are open to the family law community to vote for, and the Pro Bono Award winner will be decided by the trustees of the National Pro Bono Centre.

The judging panel is made up of the heads of the four family law practitioners' associations, the Family Law Bar Association, Resolution, the Association of Lawyers for Children, and CILEx, along with Family Law editors and publishing executives. 

The judges remain independent from the sponsorship activities of the Family Law Awards and under the rules they were not allowed to vote for their own firm or chambers or for any of their colleagues.

Family Law Commentator of the Year  (Find out more )

Sponsored by Family Law

David Burrows, Consultant, Heaney Watsons
Emma Nash, Solicitor, Spring Law
Tony Roe, Principal, Tony Roe Solicitors
Rhys Taylor, Barrister, Thirty Park Place Chambers and 36 Bedford Row

Clerking Team of the Year  (Find out more)

Sponsored by Goldsmith Chambers

Coram Chambers
1 Hare Court
Thirty Park Place Chambers
St Ives Chambers

Family Law Chartered Legal Executive or Paralegal of the Year  (Find out more)

Sponsored by Harcourt Chambers

Ruth Langford, Legal Adviser, Wikivorce
Leesa Longden-Thurgood, Senior Chartered Legal Executive, Churchers Bolitho Way
Sarah Miller, Associate Legal Executive, Tozers Solicitors LLP
Wendy Ramus, Paralegal, Dawson Cornwell


Family Law Firm of the Year

Sponsored by 4PB

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
Duncan Lewis Solicitors
Natalie Gamble Associates
Watkins & Gunn Solicitors

Family Law Chambers of the Year

29 Bedford Row
1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers
Four Paper Buildings
Thirty Park Place Chambers

Family Law Partner of the Year

Sponsored by Goldsmith Chambers
  • Rosalyn Bever, Irwin Mitchell LLP
    Mike Devlin, Stephensons LLP
    Nicola Jones-King, McMillan Williams Solicitors Limited
    Nigel Priestley, Ridley & Hall Solicitors

Family Law Associate Solicitor of the Year

Sponsored by 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers

Grace Bradley, The Family Law Company by Hartnell Chanot
Lisette Dupre, Dawson Cornwell
Hilka Hollmann, Goodman Ray
Vikki Horspool, Ramsdens Solicitors LLP

Family Law Young Solicitor of the Year 

Sponsored by Garden Court Chambers 

Sian Jenkins, Steed & Steed LLP
Tammy Knox, Bindmans LLP
Ben Lawson, Flint Bishop LLP
David Lister, Irwin Mitchell LLP

Family Law QC of the Year 

Sponsored by Jordan Publishing

Patrick Chamberlayne QC, 29 Bedford Row
James Turner QC, 1 King’s Bench Walk
John Vater QC, Harcourt Chambers
Alex Verdan QC, 4 Paper Buildings

Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year 

  • Andrew Bainham, St Philips Chambers
    Samantha King, 4PB
    Hannah Markham, 36 Bedford Row
    Malek Wan Daud, Garden Court Chambers

Family Law Young Barrister of the Year  

Edward Bennett, Field Court Chambers
Victoria Ellis, Pump Court Chambers
Sabrina Polak, Parklane Plowden Chambers
Oliver Woolley, 1 Garden Court

International Family Lawyer of the Year 

Sponsored by DNA Legal 

Tim Amos QC, Queen Elizabeth Building
Frank Arndt, Paradigm Family Law LLP
Mandeep Gill, International Family Law Group LLP
Lisa Fabian Lustigman, Withers LLP

Family Law Dispute Resolution Practitioner of the Year

Sponsored by 4PB

Sarah Anticoni, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
Anthony Kirk QC, 1 King’s Bench Walk
Dominic Raeside, Family Law in Partnership Ltd
Felicity Shedden, Shedden Family Law

Local Authority Family Team of the Year

Sponsored by 1 Crown Office Row

Nottingham County Council Legal Services
Suffolk County Council - Suffolk Legal
Warwickshire County Council Young People Legal Services
Wolverhampton City Council - Legal Services

Cornwell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Law

Sponsored by Coram Chambers

To Be Announced

Family Law Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

To Be Announced

Jordan Publishing would like to congratulate all the shortlisted nominees and thank everyone who submitted a nomination. We would also like to thank the judges for carefully reading all the nominations and drawing up the shortlist.

What's next?

 - Sponsor an Award, contact Ash today on +44 (0) 117 918 1419 or email
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