Finalists 2023

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the 2023 Northern Law Awards. We were delighted with the response to the call for nominations and as always, it is great to see so many talented individuals, teams and organisations who have excelled in our region.

Click on the category headings below to discover the successful nominees who made it through to the final stage of the nomination process:

Trainee of the Year - Supported by Newcastle Law School

Jack Collins – BHP Law

James Gallagher – Cygnet Law

Amber Lockett – Cygnet Law

Chloe Million – Cygnet Law

Elena (Ellie) Phillips – BHP Law

Rising Star of the Year - Supported by the University of Law

Samantha Bearpark – Cygnet Family Law

Rosina Hodges – Cygnet Family Law

Jessica Inman – Tilly Bailey & Irvine LLP

Alex Terry – Irwin Mitchell LLP

Lawyer of the Year

Oluwapelumi Amanda Adeola – BHP Law

Wendy Beacom – Tilly Bailey & Irvine LLP

Caroline Calder – DWF Law LLP

Stacey Phoenix – Cygnet Law

Helen Smith – Irwin Mitchell LLP

Rachel Thompson – DWF Law LLP

Laura Zielinski – Grey-Smith Legal

Law Firm of the Year (1-5 partners)
Law Firm of the Year (6+ partners) - sponsored by TM Group
Team of the Year - Family Law - Sponsored by Communicourt Ltd
Team of the Year – Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence
Team of the Year – Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Team of the Year – Crime / Regulatory
Team of the Year – Property (Residential) - Sponsored by TM Group
Law Teacher of the Year

Dr Ruth Houghton – Newcastle University

Michelle Gallagher – The University of Law

Team of the Year – Private Client
Law Practice Management Award

Lisa Smith – Cygnet Law

Pippa Farrington – Medway Law

Pro Bono / Community Initiative - Sponsored by Trinity Chambers