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Well Done John Scott, "Criminal Lawyer Of The Year"

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:55 pm    Post subject: Well Done John Scott, "Criminal Lawyer Of The Year"  Reply with quote

The results for the law Awards can be seen here at the Firm:

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19 Sep 2009
MacAskill, Stafford Smith and Ian Hamilton QC take centre stage at Law Awards of Scotland
The Law Awards of Scotland in Association with Registers of Scotland were held at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow on Thursday 17th September, hosted by Paul McBride QC.

During the evening Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill presented the Lifetime achievement award to renegade QC Ian Hamilton, who made his mark as a student when he stole, or liberated, the symbol of Scottish Pride, the Stone of Destiny, starting his career in law as he meant to go on - memorably.

"Earlier this year he proved he had lost none of his renegade fire when he took on the mighty Royal Bank of Scotland at Oban Sheriff Court. He has often been David, but tonight he is being recognised a Goliath," MacAskill said, presenting the award.

Clive Stafford Smith of death row charity Reprieve was the keynote speaker at the event. In his address he praised MacAskill for his action in releasing Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, and spoke of the 15,000 people currently being held in secret prison across the world without charge, trial or access to lawyers.

The first annual Recommended Law Firms guide based on the Law Awards research was also unveiled on the night.

Other noteable winners in 2009 included

∑ Colin Hulme of Burness, Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year, who pursued copyright infringement claims for illegal copying of Glasgow's Christ of St John on the Cross by Salvador Dali,

∑ Liam O Donnell as Criminal Law Firm of the Year. O Donnell secured the release of Billy Mills, convicted for an armed robbery he did not commit.

∑ Alistair Bonnington, as Legal Personality of the Year, who continues to be as outspoken and uncompromising as ever.

∑ Dorothy Bain QC, winner of the Editor's Choice award for her work on the Strachan and Rennie paedophile ring case, the Peter Tobin Prosecution and for her work assisting the National Sex Crimes Unit. †

"The Law Awards are always the biggest event in the legal calendar, and it is important to celebrate the achievements of the legal profession, especially after such a tumultuous and difficult year," the Editor of the Firm magazine Steven Raeburn said.

"Firms and solicitors have had to work harder than ever just to stay in business. The adaptabilty and versatility shown by the nominees & winners here tonight proves that even when they are up against it, the legal profession can defy expectations and produce great work for their clients. I am delighted to unveil the first Recommended Law Firms Guide, a compendium of tried and tested firms that we can say -independently- do what they do very well."

The full list of winners is below, and pictures of the event can be viewed here.

Law Firm of the Year (under 50 fee earners) Blacklocks

Law Firm of the Year (over 50 fee earners) Thomsons

Criminal Law Firm of the Year Liam O Donnell

Criminal Lawyer of the Year John Scott

Family Law Firm of the Year Mowat Hall Dick

Private Client Firm of the Year Brodies

Up and Coming Law Firm of the Year Kerr Brown partnership

Employment Firm of the Year Miller Samuel

Litigation Firm of the Year Digby Brown

Corporate Law Firm of the Year Harper Macleod

Conveyancing Firm of the Year Morton Fraser
Corporate Lawyer of the Year William McIntosh (Lindsays)
Up and Coming Lawyer of the Year John Paul Mowberry
Trainee of the Year Fiona Byron (Morton Fraser)
Marketing Team of the Year Pagan Osborne

Corporate Social Responsibility Firm of the Year HBJ Gatey Wareing

IP Lawyer of the Year Colin Hulme (Burness)

Solicitor of the Year Gilbert Anderson

Managing Partner(team) Lorne Crerar/Martin Darroch

Paralegal of the Year Fiona Shields, Pagan Osborne

In-house Lawyer of the Year Bruce Ritchie

Mediator of the Year John Sturrock

Editorís Choice award Dorothy Bain QC

Legal Personality of the Year Alistair Bonnington

Chairmanís Award Govan Law Centre

Lifetime Achievement Award Iain Hamilton QC

Advocateís choice (Firm) Digby Brown

Advocateís choice (solicitor) Murray Macara QC/David Brown

Peer Award (Firm) Turcan Connell

Peer Award (solicitor) Stephen Miller - MacRoberts

The judging panel was chaired by Lord Maclean, and comprised

Professor Ian Percy
Paul McBride QC,
Donald Macloed QC
Ros McInnes, BBC Scotland
Ian Mitchell QC
Philip Rodney of Burness
Janet Hood, BII Scotland,
Robert Pirrie, Chief Executive of The WS Society
Cathy Jamieson MSP
Bill Aitken MSP
Douglas Mill
Austin Lafferty

Well done also to Liam O Donnell Criminal law Firm Of the Year for fighting for William Mills.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done to all who won awards.

And a special well done to John Scott.

Clive Stafford Smith is someone I have admired since 1987 and have also had the pleasure of working with on several occasions.
Great Spirit, grant that I may not criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins." - Old Native American Indian Prayer that my dad taught me.
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