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Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2014 - Winners announced

Resolution members win the two family categories

Resolution's Chair has offered her congratulations to the winners in the two family categories, at this year's Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.

Maud Davis from TV Edwards LLP was declared Family Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, and Caroline Bowden from Anthony Gold Solicitors received the Family Mediation Award – a new category for 2014. Both categories were sponsored by Resolution.

All the nominees in the Family categories were Resolution members this year. Jo Edwards, the organisation's Chair, congratulated both winners, highlighting how important their work is:

"It is absolutely right that Maud and Caroline have been recognised for the vital work that they do. My congratulations go to them and indeed to everyone who was shortlisted.

"It says a great deal about them all that, despite the challenging climate, they and thousands of family legal aid practitioners across England and Wales continue to provide a much-needed service to some of the most vulnerable people in society. It is only fitting that their work should be recognised in this way."

Jo Edwards stressed the vital role legal aid continues to play:

"At a time when good news for legal aid practitioners is hard to come by, it's important that we pause and recognise the good work that is going on day in, day out, across the country, to support separating families, despite the devastating cuts to the legal aid budget.

"Maud and Caroline are shining examples of this work, and these Awards are a real testament to their commitment and dedication."

The Awards, which are now in their 11th year, were presented last night at a ceremony in central London. They are supported by a range of organisations.