Law Firms Vie for Awards

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Byline: By RHODRI EVANS Western Mail

The cream of the legal profession in Wales will be honoured at an awards ceremony in Cardiff later this year.

The Western Mail Law Awards 2004 will be held at City Hall in Cardiff, honouring the best of the legal profession in Wales.

The event, which is being held in association with Cardiff Law School on November 5 will recognise success in nine categories.

Competition is once again expected to be strong in the coveted Law Firm of the Year category, which is sponsored by Fusion Law Costs Consultants.

Other categories are Trainee of the Year, sponsored by Altior Consulting and Training, Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, Legal Support Staff of the Year, Barrister of the Year, Sole Practitioner of the Year, Lawyer of the Year in Private Practice and Lawyer of the Year not in Private Practice.

There will also be a Lifetime Achievement Award, honouring someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the legal profession.

Last year this category was won by David Seligman, a consultant with Cardiff-based law firm Palser Grossman, now Capital Law.

Mr Seligman, who qualified as a solicitor in 1964, joined the firm following the takeover of Grossman Hermer Seligman in 1995.

The winners will be selected by an expert panel of judges drawn from the legal profession, industry and commerce.

Alan Edmunds, the Editor of The Western Mail, said he expected the awards, which are now in their second year, to be a highlight in the Welsh legal calendar.

'In Wales we are lucky to have some excellent legal firms, both big and small, together with many skilled legal practitioners from across the legal disciplines,' he said. …