The Legal Support Awards 2016

The Legal Support Awards 2016

The Finals: 25th February 2016, The Brewery, London


The Legal Support Awards, now in their fifth year, has once again attracted a a talented group of candidates for the 2016 Awards. Winning one of these Awards is now seen as the ultimate recognition throughout the legal industry.

The Legal Support Awards ceremony is attended and fully supported by legal industry leaders. The Awards are unique because they are dedicated purely to legal support staff, and they shine a light on the legal world’s most inspirational support staff.

Good luck from to everyone on the 25th!


What a year for the 2015 Legal PA of the Year !

“Winning Strictly’s Legal PA of the Year award for 2015 was a fantastic and enlightening experience.  In the first instance, I was thrilled just to be nominated!  It was humbling to know that the people I work with really do appreciate my hard work, commitment and dedication.  Winning the award has afforded me many wonderful new opportunities:  I have been invited to speak to students at South Essex college on the topic of “What makes a good legal secretary”; I was invited to participate in a documentary as part of a global initiative at a leading UK law firm to speak about the importance of PA roles; I have been asked to take a principal role in developing the strategy to streamline branding and to implement a new ground transportation service at my international firm.  However, most importantly, for me, I have been more involved in the coordination and recruitment process for our on-going Trainee Legal Secretary programme.  Mentoring and training young secretaries is very rewarding.  To top all of this, I continue to work for the most incredible team of lawyers who are encouraging and supportive.  Without a doubt, 2015 has been the best year for me professionally and I am very grateful to everyone who helped to make that happen.  Good luck to all the 2016 nominees!”

Kerry Smorthit, Ropes & Gray – Legal PA of the Year 2015


The Finalists for 2016:

Rising Star

Alice Parmar – Watson Farley & Williams

Lucy Hutchinson – BLP

Lauren McNwss – Ropes and Gray

Mentor of the Year

Lori Boga – Watson Farley & Williams

Diane Chambers – Eversheds

Best Client Service

Nigel Marcellin – Reed Smith

Angela Carpenter – Latham & Watkins

Terri-Louise Murphy – Browne Jacobson

Business Services Learning and Development Committee – Latham & Watkins

Team Leader of the Year

Lucy Gordelier – Watson Farley & Williams

Sarah Land – Linklaters

Legal PA of the Year

Selina Yellend – Michelmores

Jennifer Clarke – DWF

Suzanne Wardle – Browne Jacobson

Zoe Andrea-Rider – Clifford Chance

Karen Barnes – Ropes & Gray

The Judges 2016

Tara Layman – National PA Project Manager –  Pinsent Masons

Ruth Davison – HR Manager Business Services – Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Danielle Thompson – Secretarial Services Supervisor – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Charlie Keeling – Former Global HR Leader at Clyde & Co LLP, now Consultant to the Legal Sector


Fantastic prizes for 2016 from:   


The Legal Support Awards are organised and managed by Strictly Recruitment



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