Historic success at the Bristol Law Society awards

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Barcan+Kirby are celebrating a historic night of success at the Bristol Law Society awards where we scooped no fewer than three awards – a record for the firm.

With five nominations across four categories, the odds were looking good, but in the face of stiff competition a win was by no means guaranteed.

First up was Fiona Dabell, winner of the Junior Lawyer of the Year award. Fiona made the shortlist on the back of her impressive career to date – despite qualifying as a solicitor in our medical negligence team less than four years ago, she has already made her mark on the firm, bringing knowledge and expertise from her previous career in nursing.

Having previous lectured in health law and now managing her own caseload as well as assisting senior solicitors, Fiona is a worthy winner of this prize.

Next came the category of CSR firm of the year, in which we found ourselves up against the Bristol offices of big City firms Bond Dickinson and DAC Beachcroft.

Although the standard of the competition was high, Barcan+Kirby came out on top thanks to the strength of our community dementia campaign, through which we have not only worked to make our own offices dementia friendly, but also shared our knowledge with other law firms and businesses.

Senior Associate and Dementia Friends Champion Anna Molter collected the award on behalf of the firm.

Finally came the coveted Lawyer of the Year award. Of the three nominees for the prize, two were from Barcan+Kirby – Senior Associates Kirsten Hale and Samantha Castle. Both would have been worthy winners but, in the end, it was Samantha who walked away with the trophy, mirroring Claire Hurrell’s success from last year.

Following the conclusion of the awards, Managing Partner Bill Willcocks was elated with the firm’s success. “I’m so pleased for each and every one of our winners” he said. “Fiona and Sam both thoroughly deserve this recognition of their excellent work over the past year and impressive careers to date.

“Likewise, the CSR award for our dementia work is a testament to the conscientiousness and commitment of all our staff, but particularly to the hard work of Anna Molter, who has championed this cause for a long time now.

“We have a track record of success at these awards, but to come away with three wins is unprecedented for us.

“Finally, whilst attention is justifiably focused on our winners, Kirsten Hale and our HR team both deserve credit for being shortlisted. An achievement in its own right.”

Further information

To speak to someone in the firm about our success in these awards, call our Marketing team on 0117 325 2929.


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