We are delighted to announce that Philippa Curran, partner and head of the Court of Protection department, has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) awards in the mental health category.

Legal Aid Practitioners Group director Carol Storer says:

‘The range and quality of finalists this year illustrates not just the important legal aid work that is being done, but also the diversity of people who are drawn to this vital area of law.’

Being named as finalist in these national awards is a real achievement and was based on nominations from John O’Donnell, a previous finalist himself, and Jane Gale, together with support from barristers, clients, advocates and experts instructed in her cases.

These highlighted the work she undertakes in the areas of mental health and mental capacity work, working with vulnerable clients and making decisions in their best interests in the Court of Protection.

She is one of only three solicitors shortlisted in her category and the only one from outside London.

The LALYS, which are run on a not-for-profit basis by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, are into their 14th year. The winners will be announced by Baroness Doreen Lawrence at a ceremony in central London on 7 July 2016.

We wish Philippa the best of luck.

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