Laura Hitchen, Family Solicitor at WTB Solicitors LLP, has been awarded Lawyer of the Year at the Made in Manchester Awards 2015 which was organised by Future Pro Manchester and celebrated at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester.
Despite working in one of the most challenging legal markets, Laura was named Lawyer of the Year out of a shortlist of 9 strong candidates including Partners and Senior Associates.
Laura undertakes both private and legal aid family work and has particular expertise in dealing with cases where serious allegations of domestic violence and child abuse have been made.
Fran Eccles-Bech explained why they chose Laura: “Laura has really shaped the structure and strategy of her firm and with her really innovative project, ‘Meet the Neighbours’, we thought that she stood out from the crowd”.
WTB Solicitors LLP is proud to serve a diverse community in Manchester. Following cuts to legal aid, funding and services it became very obvious that vulnerable people were facing extreme difficulty. Laura came up with the idea of encouraging charities and community groups in the area to develop better relationships and work together to meet the needs of the community. The event took place on 9 July 2014 and the attendees were treated to talks from experts about issues affecting the community including a talk from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester, Tony Lloyd. Councillor Suzanne Richards, Afrah Qassim, Chair of Merseyside Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence Steering Group, and Ben Taylor, solicitor and partner at WTB Solicitors LLP spoke about such issues as forced marriage, domestic violence, mental health and housing affecting Manchester communities.
After winning the award, Laura said: “I’m extremely honoured and slightly surprised to have won the Made in Manchester Lawyer of the Year award for 2015. I’m honoured because I truly believe that my career has been made in Manchester