Award Win for Irwin Mitchell Lawyer


Mark Hands Wins Assistant Solicitor of the Year At Birmingham’s Legal Awards

A West Midlands family lawyer from Irwin Mitchell has been named Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards Assistant Solicitor of the Year.


Mark Hands who is from the divorce and family law team at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office and specialises in a variety of family-related issues from straightforward divorce cases, to complex financial claims concerning business assets, described the win as humbling.


He also acts regularly in cases involving the Children Act, child abduction and claims concerning property trusts.


Mark is also a registered lawyer with the Football Association and has specialist expertise in cases involving professional footballers and has built up a strong reputation advising families within the Asian community.


More than 500 guests attended the ceremony at the ICC in Birmingham which was hosted by Joshua Rozenberg, a legal commentator and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Law in Action programme, with England rugby legend Brian Moore as the guest speaker.


Nicola Walker, Partner and Head of the Birmingham Family Law team at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Mark is a very deserving winner of this award and we are proud of his work on behalf of his clients. Our job as family lawyers is to help our clients deal with the legal, emotional and practical consequences in the immediate aftermath of a separation.


“It’s not always easy but Mark has shown that he is willing to put his clients first and achieve excellent results to help them come through a difficult time in their lives.”



Full list of winners:

Trainee Solicitor of the Year

Katie Willems, Higgs & Sons Solicitors


Barrister of the Year

Tariq Sadiq, St Philips Chambers


Chartered Legal Executive of the Year

Alison Hancock, SGH Martineau LLP


Paralegal of the Year

Natalie Moustache, Anthony Collins Solicitors


Assistant/Associate Solicitor of the Year

Mark Hands, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors LLP


International Lawyer of the Year

Michael Stephens, Kings Chambers


Partner of the Year

Derek Adamson, DWF


Corporate Social Responsibility/Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

Ian Henery, Ian Henery Solicitors Ltd


Law Firm of the Year (sole practitioners to 4 partners)

Averta Employment Lawyers


Law Firm of the Year (5 to 15 partners)

Sydney Mitchell LLP


Law Firm of the Year (16 plus partners)

Eversheds LLP


Lifetime Achievement Award

Bernard Shepherd


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