The cream of Wolverhampton and the Black Country’s professional services sector has been recognised at the city’s annual Law Society awards.
Solicitors joined colleagues including accountants, estate agents, bankers and financial advisors, to celebrate the third annual Wolverhampton Law Society dinner and awards at the Molineux Stadium on Friday (November 11th).
Four awards were presented with the winners chosen by an independent panel of leading business figures comprised of Rav Hothi, the West Midlands Regional Manager of the Law Society; Ninder Johal, Board member of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership; Gail Arnold, from the Black Country Chamber of Commerce; Professor Peter Walton of the University of Wolverhampton; and the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Barry Findlay.
The Professional of the Year award, sponsored by the University of Wolverhampton, which recognised an outstanding contribution to the local profession across Wolverhampton and the Black Country, was awarded to Rachel Jefferson from Prosperity Wealth. Christina Green, of Talbots Law, picked up the Junior Professional of the Year Award, sponsored by St Philips Stone Barristers. Emma Williams from No 5 Chambers was highly commended.
The Lloyds Bank sponsored Community Champion of the Year award went to Maria Posiwnycz of The Accountancy Firm. Scooping the highly coveted Professional Business of the Year award, backed by No 5 Chambers, was FBC Manby Bowdler.
Alison Westwood, President of the Wolverhampton Law Society, who chaired the evening, said: “The annual dinner and awards acknowledges the important role played by the professional services sector in supporting the businesses of Wolverhampton and the surrounding area.
“As ever, the awards were hotly contested and produced some very worthy nominees. The evening was a great celebration of our thriving legal and professional services sector.”
Shortlist of finalists
Professional of the Year:
Rachel Jefferson, Prosperity Wealth - winner
Matt Jevons, Muras Baker Jones
Nick Wynn-Williams, Rees Page
Junior Professional of the Year:
Christina Green, Talbots Law – winner
Emma Williams, No 5 Chambers - highly commended
Olivia Jones, FBC Manby Bowdler
Catrin Guy, Black Country Chamber of Commerce
Community Champion of the Year:
Maria Posiwnycz, The Accountancy Firm - winner
Mike Elphick, Prosperity Wealth
FBC Manby Bowdler
Professional Business of the Year:
FBC Manby Bowdler - winner
Baldwins & Co