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Issue:- 14 June  2012

Law Society 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 legal calendar.

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 Investment.

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 Rathbone

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.

It's happen-Ping in Liverpool!

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 tables
►  Central Station concourse, hosted by Sainsbury's – 2 tables
►  Clayton Square shopping centre – 2 tables
►  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 table
►  Greenbank Sports Academy – 3 tables
►  Anchor Courtyard, Albert Dock – 1 table
►  Camp and Furnace – 2 tables
►  Active Adventures – 1 table
►  Firefit Hub, Toxteth Fire Station and Community Sports Centre – 2 tables

Visit:- 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:-, 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
Central Station.

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