Rebecca Stevens and Sarah Goodridge from Wiltshire-based law firm Withy King, were among the winners announced at Bristol Law Society’s annual awards which recognise the brightest and best legal talent in the region.
Rebecca Stevens works in Withy King’s family team based in Swindon and has particular expertise in dealing with complex cases involving children. She won Bristol Law Society’s Pro Bono Individual of the Year Award for her role in helping to support a father with learning difficulties in his battle to prevent his young son from being adopted, without Legal Aid or any other means to pay for his defence.
Commenting on her award, Rebecca said: “I feel honoured to have been recognised in this way, not so much for the role I played in supporting this particular client, but for the opportunity to highlight the devastating impact that Legal Aid cuts are having on vulnerable people who I believe it is our duty to help and protect.”
Sarah Goodridge, who is a Chartered Legal Executive in Withy King’s commercial property team, won Bristol Law Society’s Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) of the Year Award. She was recognised for her contributions to CILEx and the local community through her work with schools and colleges.
Sarah said: “I followed CILEx’s earn-as-you-learn route into the law and am a great advocate of vocational training. I am delighted to receive this award and will continue to work hard to raise the profile of CILEx among people looking for a rewarding career in the law.”
The awards were presented at Bristol Law Society’s Annual Dinner held at the Marriott City Centre Hotel, Bristol, on October 15. The BBC’s Legal Correspondent, Clive Coleman, acted as master of ceremonies.
Rebecca Stevens, Family Solicitor, Withy King
Sarah Goodridge, Chartered Legal Executive, Withy King