Rothera Sharp solicitor wins Junior Lawyer accolade at awards celebrating Nottinghamshire’s top legal talent

Rothera Sharp is thrilled that one of its solicitors has been awarded Junior Lawyer of the Year at the Nottinghamshire Law Society Awards 2018.

The awards, held at Nottingham Trent University on 16th March, celebrate the cream of the crop from Nottinghamshire’s legal industry, with categories for Solicitor of the Year, Barrister of the Year, Junior Lawyer of the Year, Contribution to the Community, Practice Manager of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Wills and Probate Solicitor Adam Cotterill was nominated for the Junior Lawyer of the Year category. Despite only qualifying as a solicitor in May 2016, Adam has excelled in his day-to-day role, developing a niche area within the department by acting as project manager for executors based in England who have to administer an Estate with Spanish Assets. Alongside this Adam has also successfully launched a weekly legal clinic with Derbyshire Carers Association across five different locations, providing free advice to a large number of people in the community that would otherwise not have had access to legal support. He is also involved in the Age UK Notts legal clinics offered by the firm and later this year will begin a two year course to qualify as a notary, further expanding his skill set and the advice he can provide to clients.

Adam said: “I am delighted to win this award and want to thank my Firm Rothera Sharp for nominating me. The innovative working culture at my Firm and their encouragement in helping people achieve their goals is what in my opinion makes Rothera Sharp such an exciting place to work. In particular,  I want to thank Christina Yardley for being such an inspiring mentor and for her unwavering support and encouragement.”

Business Development Partner Christina Yardley said: “I am delighted that Adam’s dedication to his work and his efforts have been recognised by this prestigious award. His passion for providing free legal clinics that serve communities really makes this a well-deserved win.”

Nominations had also been made for two other categories at the awards. For the Solicitor of the Year award the firm put forward Ann-Marie Bowman, who is both a Family Law Solicitor and the firm’s Managing Partner. Ann-Marie has an unparalleled expertise on childcare matters and her role as Managing Partner has resulted in a wide range of initiatives being implemented which have contributed to the success of the firm. Jayne Smith, Wills and Probate partner at Rothera Sharp said: “Ann-Marie has the amazing talent of being able to combine the skills of being an excellent child care lawyer with the demands of managing a multi –discipline eight office firm.  Her dedication to her colleagues and her clients is without question.”

For the Contribution to the Community award the firm put itself forward for its work with Age UK Notts on its Trees of Life campaign. The campaign, which was launched in September 2017 at a BBQ networking event held by Rothera Sharp aims to raise £75,000 for Age UK Notts by encouraging individuals and businesses to sponsor a sapling. So far 300 trees have been sponsored through the project, with over £14,000 being raised for the charity.

We had a fantastic night celebrating the best of Nottinghamshire’s legal industry at the awards, and are delighted to have won a category, especially among such strong competition.