The Worcestershire Law Society has recognised the cream of the county’s legal sector at the society’s 2015 Presidents Awards.

Hosted by the society’s President Nick Hughes, over 130 guests attended the black-tie gala ball at Chateau Impney in Droitwich.

Tarnjeet Rehal, from Harrison Clark Rickerbys, held off strong competition to take home the Trainee Solicitor of the Year award. She was described as a ‘bright future prospect’ by the judging panel.

In the closely-fought Young Solicitor of the Year category, the top two nominees could not be separated by the judges with the award shared by Thomas Horton’s Harjinder Bains and Beata Nowakoswka from Whatley Weston & Fox.

The winner of the event’s showpiece award, Solicitor of the Year, was licencing and regulatory specialist James Lowe, partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys. Judges highlighted his passion and track record in a variety of complex cases.

In the Best Individual Support Staff category, judges could not split the three finalists with Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Christopher Finch, Nicki Wright from Thursfields Child Care and mfg Solicitors’ Elaine Mason all recognised for their paralegal, office management and administrative expertise.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys continued their winning run by scooping the Innovation Award, which recognised their trademark, design and copyright protection service, and came out on top in the Professional Discipline category for their residential conveyancing services, narrowly pipping mfg Solicitors to first spot.

Nick Hughes, President of Worcestershire Law Society, said: “Once again our annual awards have been a tremendous success and the event showcased the talent, drive and professionalism we have across Worcestershire’s legal profession.

“Every one of our finalists were impressive and stood out for a variety of different reasons.

“I’d like to congratulate all of our winners. Each individual award recognises their quality, consistency and how they go the extra mile for their firms, clients and the profession.”

The awards were sponsored by St Philips Barristers, Severn Trent Services and Wesleyan for Lawyers.

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