19 May 2023 - Central England Law Centre has been shortlisted as a finalist for Legal Aid Firm/Not-For-Profit Agency by the panel of judges at the 21st Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) award. The LALY awards is the only annual event solely dedicated to celebrating the work of grassroots social justice lawyers.

Central England Law Centre is a not-for-profit agency and one of only a few legal practices that holds seven legal aid contracts in a range of social welfare law issues. These are in housing (including the housing duty scheme at Coventry Combined Court), discrimination, family, community care, public law, welfare benefits upper tribunal, immigration and asylum. Last year, the law centre opened 800 new legal aid cases across all areas of law and used its legal expertise and partnerships to provide casework and representation to another 420 people, while continuing to work on 1000 legal aid cases opened in previous years. Alongside its pro bono partners in universities, law firms and barrister chambers, the law centre provided another 2,200 people with legal advice on their social welfare problem enabling them to take the next step to resolve their issue.

The other finalists in the category are Deighton Pierce Glynn and Watkins & Gunn Solicitors.

LAPG CEO Chris Minnoch said:

‘Choosing the finalists was a fiendishly difficult task for our judging panel this year, as the calibre of nominations was so high. The nominations are a testament to the professionalism, resilience and sheer brilliance of lawyers working in the social justice sector – who all deserve to be celebrated.  We send our warmest congratulations to everyone shortlisted, and heartfelt commiserations to those who weren’t.’

Winners in the twelve award categories will be announced to an audience of circa 500 guests at a ceremony in central London on 12 July.