The Hillsborough legal teams, including GCN's Pete Weatherby QC , Mark George QC ,Andy Fitzpatrick and Kate Stone , who acted for 22 families, all received a standing ovation at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2016 (LALY) awards yesterday evening as they were awarded the outstanding achievement award.

We were also delighted that GCN's Joe Markus was a finalist in the LALY Legal Aid Newcomer  2016 category, which was won by Darragh Mackin from Northern Irish firm KRW Law.

The LALY outstanding achievement award 2016 went to all of the lawyers who represented families at the Hillsborough inquests which ran from 2014 and concluded with a verdict of unlawful killing in April 2016.

Kate Stone of GCN accepted the award on behalf of the GCN Hillsborough team.

GCN's Pete Weatherby QC said:

“Representation for the families was a massive and highly complex task.  It required real dedication from a large team and it is great that this has been recognised at the LALY awards.  The LALYs matter because these are awards for lawyers who are dedicated to social justice and they are not just meaningless backslapping by PR or vanity publications.  Our team included many lawyers who gave up permanent posts because they wanted to dedicate themselves to these historic and iconic inquests and the campaign to correct this dreadful miscarriage of justice.”

Outstanding achievement stage award

Representatives of each of the legal teams accepted their award on stage [photo credit: @benmccormack2]

LALY Outstanding Achievement 7.7.16

This picture really captures the camaraderie and team spirit of the Hillsborough lawyers [photo credit: @rugfoot, reproduced with permission @FionaBawdon]. 

A further 11 Hillsborough teams were also recognised for their Outstanding Achievement: Bindmans; Birnberg Peirce;  Broudie Jackson Canter (who acted for 20 families, and instructed GCN); Butcher Barlow LLP (who acted for 1 family, and instructed GCN), Doughty Street; EAD Solicitors (who acted for 1 family, and instructed GCN); Garden Court; Garden Court North; 1 Grays Inn Square; Harrison Bundey; Mansfield Chambers and 4 Paper Buildings.

The Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards (LALYs) were held in London on Thursday 7th July to promote access to justice and celebrate the work of the legal aid lawyers across the UK who serve the most vulnerable in society.

GCN's Pete Weatherby QCMark George QCAndy Fitzpatrick and Kate Stone acted for 22 families instructed by Broudie Jackson Canter, Butcher Barlow LLP and EAD Solicitors.