We're so pleased to announce that Aika Stephenson from Just for Kids Law has been nominated for Criminal Defence Lawyer at the 2018 Legal Aid lawyer of the year awards [LALYs].

LAPG director Carol Storer says:

'The LALYs are known for celebrating those lawyers whose skills and commitment directly transform the lives of so many vulnerable people - and rightly so. However, this year, we also wanted to recognise those practice managers who do vital work behind the scenes so firms and agencies can stay afloat and keep providing a service to clients, and whose contribution is rarely publicly acknowledged. As one nomination said, "practice managers do not get cards or flowers from clients at the end of each success".'

The winners will be announced by Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE at a ceremony in central London on 17 July.  The LALYs are organised by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, and are into their 16th year.