Sam Jacobs shortlised as Legal Aid Barrister of the Year
We are hugely proud of Sam Jacobs who has been shortlisted in the Legal Aid Barrister of the Year category at the 2019 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.
Sam works across a broad range of publicly funded practice areas in both private and public law, with much of his work arising from the interaction of individuals - often children or vulnerable adults - with police, prisons, mental health and social care. His nomination for the award comes from instructing solicitors and lay clients who expressed to the judges their positive experiences of working with Sam, referencing his excellence on the law, his approachable nature and availability, his good judgement, strong advocacy and drafting, and his notable client care skills.
Sam's nominators were also impressed by his dedication to clients and their cases, despite the severe restraints on legal aid funding, noting that he often goes "above and beyond" on their behalf.
Good luck Sam!
The awards will be distributed on 10th July by Sam's Doughty Street colleague Baroness Helena Kennedy QC at a ceremony in London. Doughty Street is also proud to be a sponsor of the awards, now in their 17th year, and we are supporting three LAPG Special Awards recognising truly exceptional individuals alongside their day to day legal practice. These will be made to District Judge Anselm Eldergill (in recognition of his commitment to mental health law), and Rachel Francis of One Pump Court and Oliver Carter of Irwin Mitchell (in recognition of their leadership of Young Legal Aid Lawyers at a challenging time in its history). You can read more about this year's Special Awards in LAPG's press release by clicking here.
The field is extremely strong in all categories, and we wish all nominated finalists the very best of luck.