Award winning solicitors Simpson Millar (incorporating Abney Garsden solicitors) have been selected as finalists in three categories in this year’s Manchester Legal Awards. The awards are being hosted by the Manchester Law Society and the Manchester Evening News and were introduced to showcase the huge wealth of legal talent in the region.
Peter Garsden’s firm based in Cheadle Hulme has been representing survivors of abuse since 1994. Peter founded ACAL, the association of child abuse lawyers of which he is now president. It was the firm’s work with child abuse victims that led to them winning Small Firm of the Year in the same awards ceremony held in March 2011. The firm also specialises in personal injury, family law and wills and probate.
Peter Garsden has been nominated in the category of Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year which recognises outstanding achievement by those representing some of the most vulnerable in our society and whose hard work, skill and dedication are completely under valued.
Nominated In a separate category, Legal Executive of the Year, is Trainee Solicitor Sue Leach who has had to demonstrate exceptional and outstanding achievement as a contribution to the practice.
A third category that the firm has been nominated for is the Small Firm of the Year where the candidates must demonstrate, in the context of their size, successful implementation of strategic goals.
Commenting on the awards, Managing Partner Peter Garsden said: “I am delighted that we have been nominated as finalists in three categories for the Manchester Legal Awards (Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, Small Firm of the Year and Legal Executive of the Year). It feels very humbling to be chosen out of so many other deserving law firms. I hope that this nomination is a recognition that the work we do on behalf of abuse victims helps some of the most damaged and vulnerable members of our society.”
The winners will be announced at an awards dinner to be held on the 7th March in Manchester’s Midland Hotel.