The Solicitors in Local Government group is calling for entries for its 2011 Local Government Young Solicitor of the Year Award.
The award is open to any local government solicitor who has up to ten years’ post qualification experience. Nominations can be made by the applicant, their manager, a client officer or member, or other local authority representative who recognises the contribution made by the applicant.
In choosing the winner, the judges “look for evidence of innovation, material impact on an authority’s performance, best practice and/or contribution to raising the profile of local government lawyers”.
The judges have also awarded special commendations in years where they have felt that more than one applicant is worthy of recognition.
The closing date for nominations is 4 March 2011. The winner will be announced at the SLG Annual Dinner on 15 April in Exeter.
This is the seventh year of the award, which is sponsored by law firm Trowers & Hamlins and designed to recognise the contribution that young solicitors make to their authorities and their communities.
Last year’s winner was Laurie Trounce, a solicitor in the legal team at Cornwall Council who won for her advice on a range of commercial and procurement matters including Newquay Airport and issues relating to the establishment of the Cornwall Unitary Authority.
Trounce said that winning the award had raised the profile of the legal team and provided recognition for the authority.
A copy of the nomination form can be downloaded from the SLG’s website.