Law firm Slater and Gordon picked up two prestigious gongs at this year’s Manchester Legal Awards.
Serious injury specialist Jennifer Maloney won ‘Solicitor of the Year’, just four months after the Manchester Young Talent Awards named her as ‘Legal Professional of the Year.’
The city centre firm also celebrated after being crowned ‘Employment Team of the Year’ in the ceremony at Manchester’s Midland Hotel.
Jennifer, who studied law at the University of Oxford, was commended for achieving exceptional results and justice for her clients, including one case in particular that led to a change in the law.
The case, involving Annie Woodland, who at ten-years-old was left brain damaged after almost drowning during a school swimming lesson, saw Jennifer fight all the way to the Supreme Court to prove that the local authority had in fact owed Annie a non-delegable duty of care.
Jennifer said: “I remember really vividly the moment I was told that the Supreme Court had found in Annie’s favour. I received a phone call and was told to make sure I was sitting down to prepare me for the news!
“The case required a lot of hard work, persistence and passion, but I was motivated by the suffering that Annie was enduring every day. I knew that she was fighting a much harder battle living with her invisible injury and trying to move on with her life despite the long running battle for justice.”
Sarah Evans, who heads up the employment team in Manchester, added: “We’re all absolutely delighted and honoured to win this award.
“The team works incredibly hard on behalf of all our clients and to have that hard work and dedication recognised is amazing.”