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SLG asks for Young Solicitor of the Year nominations

The Solicitors in Local Government group is calling for nominations for its 2010 Young Solicitor of the Year award.

Nominations can be made for individuals working in local government with up to ten years’ post qualification experience. The criteria on which the judges make their decision are that the individual must fulfil one or more of the following:
  • Be innovative.
  • Be making or having a material impact on their local authority’s performance.
  • Be an exemplar of best practice.
  • Promote the best interests, and help raise the profile of, local government lawyers.

This is the fifth year of the award, which is sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins. Last year’s award was won by Nathalie Birkett, a solicitor at Nottinghamshire County Council.

Birkett won for her work across Adult Social Care and Health and the planning committee. This included drafting a partnership and framework agreement for procuring housing providers for the NHS as well as helping resolve contentious planning decisions regarding an energy recovery facility. Birkett also represents young solicitors on the SLG national executive.

Individual solicitors can nominate themselves, while managers, client officers, members or anyone who recognise the contribution an individual has made can also put a person’s name forward.

The nomination requires details of the nominee and their contribution, together with one letter of support from another person who has knowledge of the nominee’s work.
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The closing date for submissions is 19 March 2010. A presentation ceremony will be held at the black tie dinner at the SLG’s Weekend School in York in April.

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