Garden Court is delighted to announce that Jan Luba QC has won Legal Aid Barrister of the Year at the recent LAPG awards ceremony. He was honoured by the LALY judges for his exceptional commitment and expertise in housing work.
Jan Luba QC commented "I am honoured and delighted to have received this award. It really means so much, precisely because it is based on what my own colleagues and clients think about me. It is "peer review" in the best sense. I am proud and privileged to have served the cause of publicly funded legal services in the housing field for over 25 years. I dedicate my award to those of my fellow specialist housing lawyers who have recently been driven out of this work (and those who shortly will be) by imminent changes to legal aid funding. They are irreplaceable and will be sorely missed - most keenly of all by the homeless and the badly housed who had desperate need of their help".
Garden Court Chambers is proud to be associated with the LALY awards and delighted that both Jan Luba QC and Desmond Rutledge were nominated. This award is recognition of the high quality work being carried out in legally aided work and a testament to the commitment, dedication and outstanding professionalism of their talents.
Congratualtions also to Sue Willman (Pierce Glynn solicitors) who has also won Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, described by LAG as a 'tireless advocate on behalf of asylum-seekers', also writes regularly for Legal Action in 'Support for asylum-seekers and other migrants update' and is co-author of LAG's Support for Asylum-seekers: a guide to legal and welfare rights handbook.
(published 14th June 2007)
Garden Court's Jan Luba QC and Desmond Rutledge have successfully made it on to the shortlist for Legal Aid Lawyer of the year Awards.
Barrister sponsored by the Bar Council: Jan Luba QC (Garden Court Chambers), Paul Bowen (Doughty Street Chambers), Abid Mahmood (Number 8 Chambers)
Young Barrister sponsored by Natwest Legal Centre: Alison Gerry (Doughty Street Chambers), Desmond Rutledge (Garden Court Chambers), Matthew Fletcher (Renaissance Chambers)
These unique awards are organised by grassroots lawyers for grassroots lawyers. They recognise excellence among the otherwise unsung heroes of legal aid, whose dedication helps transform the lives and protect the rights of some of the most marginalised people in society.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 28 June 2007.