• Brachers has been shortlisted in one firmwide and three individual categories at this year’s Kent Law Society Awards, which recognises excellence in the legal profession in Kent.

    The firm has been successfully shortlisted in the ‘Contribution to the Community Award’. This submission focussed on our internal Community Relations Committee’s campaign of internal engagement to encourage volunteering and donations to our chosen Charity of the Year, Time for the Homeless.

    Chair of the judging panel Elizabeth Howe OBE commented that the submission was one of “an impressive range of candidates.”

    In the individual awards categories, Brachers Partner and head of the firm’s Elderly and Vulnerable team Mary Rimmer has been recognised in the ‘Contribution to the Community Award.’ Mary is a passionate charity supporter, and in addition to her involvement on the firm’s Community Relations Committee and Charity Sector team, holds a number of charitable roles outside of work. These include trustee positions at Spadework and Maidstone Mencap, and as a Dementia Friends Champion for the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Friends’ programme.

    Associate Paul Abdey, who leads the firm’s Insolvency team, has been recognised in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Law in Kent Award – Contentious’ category. As part of his submission, Brachers trainee Angela Pelosi commented: “Paul is always in a good mood, never failing to make his team laugh and keep everyone calm. It is through his hard work and cheerful and positive attitude, that he has been able to expand his original team of three, triple his work load, and inspire young professionals who now want to specialise in litigation and help shape future lawyers.”

    The fourth Brachers shortlisting is for Sophie Wallace, who has been recognised in the hotly-contested ‘Junior Lawyer Award.’ Sophie is a member of the firm’s Private Client team, and has recently successfully qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive.

    Brachers Managing Partner, Joanna Worby, said: “I am delighted to have such strong representation from Brachers in this important awards scheme and would like to extend my congratulations to Mary, Paul and Sophie, particularly as I understand the standard of entries were extremely high this year.

    I would also like to thank Kent Law Society for shining a light on the hard work of the legal profession who have supported many clients through particularly challenging times over the past year.”

    The award winners will be announced at the Kent Law Society Annual Dinner on 13 May, which will feature guest speaker Robert Rinder MBE, star of ITV’s Judge Rinder, which is now in its eighth series.

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