Last night, on 31st January 2019, practitioners from Duncan Lewis attended the Modern Law Awards 2019 at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, to showcase and celebrate the excellent work and achievements of legal professionals from all across the UK.
We are pleased to announce that Rebecca Carr, a caseworker based in our public law department in Harrow, was awarded the newly established Paralegal of the Year award for exceptional dedication to her practice. Alongside, Lottie Hume, who also acts as a public law caseworker, was ‘Highly Commended’ in the same category. We extend our congratulations to both Rebecca and Lottie for their success.
Specifically, the Paralegal of the Year award praises the paralegal, caseworker or legal assistant for making a positive contribution to the reputation of paralegals within the profession. Rebecca has generated success in this respect by establishing a caseload assisting on a variety of applications for judicial review in challenges brought against the Secretary of State for the Home Department, including ‘fitness to fly’ challenges, cases involving victims of torture, removals to European Countries under the Dublin Regulation, fresh claim refusals and unlawful detention/ false imprisonment challenges. It is this tenacity and determination to succeed which has seen her become a key player within her team, working towards the betterment of the service as a whole.
Rebecca has this to say:
“I am delighted to have won the award of Paralegal of the Year. It is a great testament to the important work Duncan Lewis undertakes, and to the amazing colleagues I have been able to learn from each day.”
As a caseworker, Lottie has already made waves in the public law department, assisting solicitors with a number of notable judicial review matters, particularly challenging the lawfulness of detention, decisions to certify asylum claims and decisions to remove asylum-seekers. The positive working relationships she has developed within the firm also extends to a wide variety of external partners, including a number of NGOs such as Women Against Rape, English Collectives of Prostitutes, Asylum from Rape, Bail for Immigration Detainees and Women for Refugee Women. This and other experiences over the last year have demonstrated her keen commitment to her practice.
Both Lottie and Rebecca were joined by fellow nominees, Directors Toufique Hossain and Bahar Ata – both of whom were finalists in the Lawyer of the Year category. Lewis Kett was also a finalist in the Rising Star category as part of the Modern Law Awards.
All who attended enjoyed the 6th annual Modern Law Awards event complete with champagne reception, dinner with entertainment and carriages. The Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Awards were launched to celebrate the best practices in the UK. We are pleased to have been recognised alongside the most respected practitioners the legal industry has to offer and extend our congratulations to all other winners and nominees.