Law Centre staff, volunteers and trustees are often the unsung heroes of the justice world. They work tirelessly to help vulnerable people get their rights and often don’t realise how much they are appreciated.
The new Champions of Justice awards from the London Legal Support Trust are intended to redress the balance and acknowledge the contributions made every day by people in the advice sector.
Winners got their star-shaped awards from former Attorney-General Dominic Grieve QC MP at the London Legal Support Trust tenth anniversary celebration last week in London.
A total of eleven people from Law Centres were chosen as Champions of Justice.
- Noeleen Adams, Consultant (LCN)
- Sue Bent, Director (Coventry)
- Niki Goss, Housing Solicitor (South West London Law Centres)
- Barry Mills, Senior Employment Caseworker (North Kensington)
- Roopa Tanna, Immigration Solicitor (Islington)
- Alasdair Stewart, Operations Manager (South West London Law Centres)
- Emily Coghill, Debt Adviser (South West London Law Centres)
- Alan Cripps, Business Manager (Ealing)
- Susan Gregory, Admin. & Reception (South West London Law Centres)
Pro bono lawyers:
- Jonathan Haines (Quality Solicitors Martin Tolhurst)
- Nathan Cripps (Clifford Chance)
Nathan and Jonathan both provide support at South West London Law Centres.
LLST Chief Executive Bob Nightingale MBE said:
“It was a privilege to be able to recognise people who make a real difference to people’s lives, whether they be (lowly) paid staff or (unpaid) volunteers. The reaction from the winners was fabulous. Most of them had no idea that they had been nominated until they arrived. They were surprised and even amazed to have been nominated because the real stars of the service have no idea how much they are valued by the rest of us.”
Warm congratulations to all of our champions!
[Pictured L-R: Sue Bent, Coventry; Ruth Hayes, Islington; Patrick Marples, South West London; Julie Bishop, LCN]