It was a successful night for Duncan Lewis at the 2018 LawWorks Pro Bono Awards with housing solicitor Lynda Reid being ‘Highly Commended’ for the Best Contribution by an Individual award and public law trainee solicitor Marios Kontos being ‘Highly Commended’ for the Junior Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award.
Held at The Law Society in London and featuring The Rt. Hon David Lammy MP as guest speaker, the 2018 LawWorks Pro Bono Awards evening was a prestigious affair and in addition to Lynda and Marios’ nominations we were also shortlisted for Best contribution by a firm with an English head office and the LawWorks Cymru award.
Our achievements include;
Highly Commended: Best Contribution by an Individual – Lynda Reid
Cardiff based housing solicitor is highly commended for the pro bono work she carries out in the Cardiff and surrounding areas including her establishment of two pro bono clinics in addition to those our Cardiff office already hold. The LawWorks credited Lynda’s work saying;
“Lynda’s work continues to bring invaluable support to those communities that would otherwise be out of reach of essential legal advice, whilst also delivering services which go above and beyond the call of duty. It is this dedication to her practice and the people that she helps which makes Lynda’s pro bono activity so impactful.”
Highly Commended: Junior Lawyers Division Pro Bono Award – Marios Kontos
London based Public Law’s Marios Kontos is highly recommended for his dedication to the pro bono law clinic Refugee Legal Support Athens (RLS Athens) which provides advice and assistance to adult and children refugees on applications for asylum and family reunification across Europe.
“Marios Kontos has been a key part of Refugee Legal Support Athens since its inception, and his pro bono work has made a significant contribution to the project’s success.”
Read more about Marios work with the RLS Athens here: https://www.duncanlewis.co.uk/InthePress/RLSAthens_and_Duncan_Lewis_Solicitors_reunite_asylum_seeking_family_of_five_in_the_UK_(Refugee_Legal_Support).pdf
Shortlisted: Best Contribution by a firm with an English Head Office
LawWorks highlighted the number of pro bono clinics Duncan Lewis work with and contribute to, including the Romford Autism Hub, the Sycamore Trust and our numerous Citizens Advice clinics. The work many of our London based departments do to support victims of the Grenfell Tower fire was also noted.
“The women who have been supported…are extremely grateful to receive their services and express how professional, friendly and successful their support has been to them.”
Shortlisted: LawWorks Cymru Award (Cardiff Office)
Since the legal aid cuts in April 2013, Duncan Lewis’ Cardiff office staff has given pro bono advice to hundreds of clients, each of whom would have qualified for public funding prior to this date. The team works hard to tackle legal advice ‘deserts’ in the areas in and around Cardiff.
“The Cardiff office constantly seeks new ways to help the communities we serve, ensuring that quality legal advice is made accessible for those that need it most. Without the team’s pro bono assistance, a large number of individuals in the local area would be unable to instruct legal practitioners, leaving the most vulnerable individuals without access to justice.”
Last year, Duncan Lewis was the winners of the Best Contribution by a Firm with a London Head Office award largely due to the work of the Pro Bono Committee. We were again commended for the LawWorks Cymru Award and both Childcare Director and Head of the Pro Bono Committee Emine Mehmet and Housing Director Heather Iqbal Rayner were commended for the Best Contribution by an Individual award.
We are extremely pleased with the results at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards and offer congratulations to Lynda and Marios and all those who have worked tirelessly throughout the year ensuring that justice is accessible to all.