Triple legal award win for Ward Hadaway | 12 November 10

Law firm Ward Hadaway is celebrating a hat-trick of industry award wins.

In the Newcastle Law Society Legal Awards for 2010, Ward Hadaway partner and head of property Neil Robson was named Lawyer of the Year while trainee solicitors Neil Williamson and Stephen Akrong each won awards for their achievements on Legal Practice and law degree courses.

Neil Robson is one of the North-East’s most respected lawyers and is recognised as one of the country’s foremost planning lawyers.

A former president of Newcastle Law Society, Neil has more than 30 years’ experience as a solicitor and specialises in planning and environmental law and development.

Speaking about his award, Neil said: “I am delighted and very flattered to have received this award from my fellow professionals.

“It is a great honour to be recognised in this way and is a testament to the excellence of my colleagues at Ward Hadaway.”

Jamie Martin, managing partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “We are very proud of Neil and his outstanding achievement – this is an award which is richly deserved.

“Neil has dedicated his career to the service of his clients and there is no greater honour than to be given an award by his peers.”

Neil Williamson won the Newcastle Award for the trainee solicitor with the highest marks on a Legal Practice Course (LPC) in the region who goes on to obtain a training contract at a firm within the Newcastle Law Society area.

Neil is in the second year of his two-year training contract at Ward Hadaway and is currently working in the firm’s property team.

Stephen Akrong won the University of Northumbria LLB Hons Solicitors Exempting Degree Prize 2010 for the student with the highest marks on the LLB Hons course at Northumbria University who goes on to obtain a training contract at a firm within the Newcastle Law Society area.

Stephen is in the first year of his two-year training contract at Ward Hadaway and is currently working in the firm’s commercial litigation team.

Jamie Martin said: “We congratulate Neil and Stephen for these excellent achievements.

"They are both young lawyers with great futures ahead of them and their awards are testament not only to their abilities but also to the recruitment programme which we have at Ward Hadaway to recruit and retain the best lawyers we have in the region.”

Newcastle Law Society has more than 1,000 members working in firms from Berwick to Durham and dates back to 1826.