Excellence Awards are now open for nominations
THE Law Society are
inviting legal professionals from across England and Wales to enter
the Excellence Awards 2012. Now in their 6th year, the awards are
firmly established as the leading awards for the profession in the
The Law Society Excellence Awards recognise and reward the most
outstanding and dynamic practitioners in the legal profession and
are open to individuals and teams across the entire legal sector,
not just solicitors.
Building on the success of the Excellence Awards since their 2007
inauguration, a range of new categories have been added, which
reflect the diverse work of the profession. Individuals are invited
to enter the following categories:- Solicitor Advocate of the Year,
Junior Lawyer of the Year, Solicitor of the Year In house, Solicitor
of the Year Private, Practice and Legal Executive of the Year.
Entries to the category of AWS Legal Business Woman of the Year will
be selected from the entrants to the Association of Women Solicitors
(AWS) awards. Nominations are also open for The Law Society Gazette
Legal Personality of the Year. The winner of this award will be
selected by the Law Society Gazette.
A new category, Excellence in Conveyancing Practice, has been added
for the 2012 awards, which is open to Convey ancing Quality Scheme (CQS)
accredited practices only. The award will be made to the firm that
best demonstrates their commitment to the values of the scheme,
including its use in furthering their business and in raising
standards of client care and service.
Teams are encouraged to compete for awards in Client Service,
Innovation, Equality & Diversity, Environmental Responsibility,
Marketing & Business Development, Practice Management and Community
The awards reward and promote excellence across the legal profession
and celebrate outstanding achievement in areas that are central to
the profession today. They demonstrate that lawyers continue to
innovate and to deliver work of the highest quality despite the
challenging economic climate.
Law Society Vice President Lucy Scott-Moncrieff said:-
"Britain has a lot to celebrate in its legal sector, and it is this
talent that the Law Society Excellence Awards are designed to
reward. These awards are the most sought-after in the legal
calendar. The categories highlight the vast range of work undertaken
by the profession. Winning a Law Society Excellence Award is a huge
achievement that brings recognition for individuals and firms. The
awards reflect the Law Society's commitment to the promotion of
quality, innovation and client service across the legal profession,
and I am delighted to invite practices of all types and sizes to
enter these sought-after awards."
Entries can be completed via the online nomination system.
Nominations are open until Friday, 10 August 2012.
To enter and for further details of the nomination process visit:-
Entries can also be submitted by post. Relevant award entries
will also be considered for a special Social Mobility accolade, for
the entry which most effectively promotes fair access to the
profession for individuals from underprivileged backgrounds.
Meet Former Everton Physio Mick
THE former Everton physio
Mick Rathbone will be signing copies of his autobiography, 'The
Smell of Football', on Saturday, 16 June 2012. Mick, whose book
tells the story of his eventful 35 year career in professional
football as a player, physio and manager, will be at Waterstones in
Birkenhead from 12pm and Waterstones in Liverpool Bold Street from
3pm. The book was nominated for 'Football Book of the Year' at last
month's British Sports Book Awards and has enjoyed rave reviews from
football fans across the country. The signings are a great chance to
get a copy signed just in time for Father's Day as the book
approaches the first anniversary of its release. Arrive early to
avoid disappointment. If you can't make the signings but would like
to reserve a copy please contact either of the stores. You can call
Waterstone, Birkenhead on:- 0151 6502400 or Waterstones, Liverpool
Bold Street on:- 0151 708 6861.
FROM 29 June 2012, as part
of Ping! Liverpool; 40 tables will spring up across the city in
locations ranging from John Lennon Airport and the Albert Dock right
through to a couple of fire stations and shopping centres.
The tables will be in place for 4 weeks, running until 26 July 2012,
for all to enjoy for free, making sure people are in the sporting
spirit in the run up to the Olympics. Bats and balls are supplied
and a programme of events including master classes, competitions and
free activities is currently being pulled together.
Liverpool has been selected as one of nine cities to play host to a
number of ping pong tables with the aim of giving as many people as
possible the opportunity to a play a relaxed, or competitive, game
which is completely free of charge.
The initiative is backed by National Lottery funding from Sport
England, and has been organised by Liverpool City Council.
Cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon,
said:- "Table tennis is a great way for people to get active
and have fun at the same time. I'm sure we'll see a wide range of
people picking up a bat and taking the Ping! challenge; whether it's
in a friendly game to perfect a topspin, or a more competitive
rally. It's a coup for Liverpool to be chosen as just one of a
handful of cities to play host to this initiative, and I'm sure this
city's reputation for being sporting-mad will result in this being a
very popular activity throughout July."
A few locations are yet to be finalised, but so far ping pong tables
will be found at:-
► Lyceum pavement, Bold Street 2
► Central Station concourse, hosted
by Sainsbury's 2 tables
► Clayton Square shopping centre 2
► Queen Square 1 table
► Ropewalks Square, hosted by Ludus
Bar 2 tables
► St Johns Shopping Centre 1 table
► Liverpool ONE 3 tables
► St Paul's Square 1 table
► Liverpool John Lennon Airport 1
► Greenbank Sports Academy 3
► Anchor Courtyard, Albert Dock 1
► Camp and Furnace 2 tables
► Active Adventures 1 table
► Firefit Hub, Toxteth Fire Station
and Community Sports Centre 2 tables
pingliverpool.co.uk to find out
the latest news and updates on Ping! locations.
Donna Howitt, Marketing Director at Liverpool ONE said:-
"Liverpool ONE is used to hosting off the wall events but ping- pong
games are a first. Ping! is a great opportunity for people to get
active and enjoy the city centre in a new and unusual way for free."
The team behind Ping! Liverpool is on the hunt for volunteers for
the following positions:-
► Ping Activator - to greet players
and support them in playing table tennis.
► Events Team to help with the
planning and implementing of a range of fun events alongside the
staff team and external
organisations running events.
► Volunteer Coordinator to manage
the team of volunteers, placement of all volunteers and general
overseeing of their
work and performance.
► All roles are for adults aged 18
and over and all training will be provided.
For further details about the roles, Sport Makers or to apply for
any of these opportunities please send an email to:-
firstname.lastname@example.org, by Tuesday, 19 June 2012.
Sport England Chair Richard Lewis said:- "Ping! has proved one
of our most successful sports participation projects, attracting
over 150,000 participants to date. Moreover, our research shows that
once people start playing they don't want to stop. We hope Liverpool
will build on this."
City Central BID has arranged with businesses to host 10 tables in
Liverpool city centre as part of the Summer of Love
campaign, which has been
created to minimise the impact of the closure