The lead solicitor in the Cambridge Analytica test case was among 23 award winners at this year’s Law Society Excellence Awards. Ravi Naik of Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors, who represented Professor David Carroll in the initial action against Cambridge Analytica, was named Human Rights Lawyer of the Year.A Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred upon former civil service commissioner Dame Janet Gaymer DBE QC (Hon), the first woman to be a senior partner at a top-20 law firm. Another eminent woman lawyer, Janet Legrand QC (Hon), the first female senior partner and global co-chair at international law firm DLA Piper, won the Woman Lawyer of the Year award for her work promoting the role of women in the legal profession.A record attendance of over 1,000 gathered for the 2018 awards at London’s Grosvenor House hotel last night.The Gazette’s own award, Legal Personality of the Year, went to the anonymous Secret Barrister. Author of Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken, this anonymous advocate and social media sensation has made a huge contribution to raising public awareness of the deteriorating plight of the justice system in England and Wales. Commenting on Ravi Naik’s award, Nadeem Thanvi, managing partner at Irvine Thanvi Natas, said: ‘There is a new electronic frontier where some of the key defining challenges to the rights of the individual are being played out. Ravi’s commitment to human rights, his skill as a lawyer, and the tenacity he shows mark him out as a worthy winner.’National firm gunnercooke won the award for Law Firm of the Year (large, 21+ partners); Sunderland-based firm Ben Hoare Bell was named Law Firm of the Year (medium, 5-20 partners); while Leicester firm Glynis Wright & Co won Law Firm of the Year (small, 2-4 partners).Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said the record number of nominations highlighted ‘the exceptional dedication, thoughtfulness and skill solicitors bring to their job on a daily basis’.Peter Liver, the Society’s executive director, membership services, said: ‘This year’s awards were bigger than ever. I was delighted to see so many people celebrating the best of the solicitors profession with their representative body. Many congratulations to all the winners and nominees.’A special supplement featuring all the award winners will appear in the Gazette on 29 October.The full list of winners was as follows:Solicitor of the Year (In-house)– Ben Foat, Post OfficeSolicitor of the Year (Private Practice)– Simon Moore, Stephensons HarwoodSolicitor Advocate of the Year– Mark Tooley, LarcomesSole Practitioner of the Year– Rachel Roche, Roche LegalHuman Rights Lawyer of the Year– Ravi Naik, Irvine Thanvi Natas SolicitorsWoman Lawyer of the Year– Janet Legrand QC (Hons), DLA PiperJunior Lawyer of the Year– Lauren Crow, MJC LawExcellence in Practice Management– Alexandra Hatchman, Fletchers SolicitorsExcellence in Marketing and Communications– SA LawExcellence in Diversity & Inclusion– Government Legal DepartmentExcellence in Learning & Development– Family Law in PartnershipExcellence in Pro Bono– Simmons & Simmons Access to Justice ProgrammeExcellence in In-house– Working Families Legal Advice ServiceExcellence in Client Service– Renaissance LegalExcellence in Technology & Innovation– LawBidExcellence in Private Client Practice– Rowlinsons SolicitorsExcellence in Business Development– Escalate, Bermans and Moore BlatchExcellence in International Legal Services– Centil Law Firm, Tashkent, UzbekistanLaw Firm of the Year (Small, 2-4 Partners)– Glynis Wright & CoLaw Firm of the Year (Medium, 5-20 Partners)– Ben Hoare BellLaw Firm of the Year (Large, 21 Partners +)– gunnercookeLaw Society Gazette Legal Personality of the Year– Secret BarristerLifetime Achievement Award– Dame Janet Gaymer DBE QC (Hon)
DHAKA, Bangladesh, CMC – Nicholas Pooran starred but was unable to prevent his Sylhet Sixers from a four-wicket defeat to Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League here Sunday. Playing at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, the West Indies left-hander top-scored with 41 as Sixers rallied to 127 for eight off their 20 overs, after being sent in. Sixers were slumping quickly at 56 for five in the 12th over before Pooran counter-attacked, smashing five fours and two sixes in a 26-ball cameo.Crucially, he inspired a 55-run, sixth wicket stand with former Bangladesh Test all-rounder, Alok Kapali (19) which hauled the total pass the 100-run mark.In reply, Pooran’s Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies teammate Evin Lewis failed with five but Victorians recovered to overhaul their target with a ball to spare. They were 21 for two in the fourth over but opener Tamim Iqbal stroked a patient 34-ball 35 in a 30-run, third wicket stand with disgraced former Australia Test captain Steve Smith (16), to revive the innings.When the innings slipped to 97 for six in the 17th over, veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi blasted an unbeaten 39 from 25 deliveries late on to get Victorians over the line. On Saturday’s opening day, the Windies pair of Sunil Narine (38) and Andre Russell (21 not out) made small contributions but international teammate Kieron Pollard failed as star-studded Dhaka Dynamites thrashed Rajshahi Kings by 83 runs.
Playing their third game in four nights in Western Canada, the weary Washington Capitals relied heavily on some timely scoring plays and their goaltender, Braden Holtby, to defeat the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2. It was the Caps third straight victory to finish their four game road trip after an opening loss in Edmonton last Wednesday. The win improves their overall record to 6-2-1 (13 points).The Caps likely lose this game if not for the Holtbeast, who stopped 43 shots. Washington scored the game’s first two goals. Karl Alzner notched his 2nd marker of the season with a sweet shot from the top of the slot after Brett Connolly made a great hit in the corner to force a Winnipeg turnover. After #10’s super forecheck, Evgeny Kuznetsov (two assists) alertly grabbed the biscuit and swung it to Marcus “Red Hot” Johansson (1 goal, 1 assist), who then found Alzner all alone. King Karl put it precisely in the right top corner to give the Caps a 1-0 lead with 19:16 gone in period one.Washington would double their lead in the middle frame, again as a result of a forced turnover. Johansson stripped the Jets of the puck in the neutral zone and fed Kuznetsov, who streaked down the left wing boards. Tom Wilson smartly made a bee line for the left side of the net and all of the Jets defenders went towards him thinking that Kuzy was going to try one of his patented no look, behind the back passes. To quote the great Ron White, “They were wrong!” and Kuzy carried around the cage and fed an all alone Jojo in the slot. #90 buried it at 8:15 of the middle stanza for his 6th goal of the season and his team leading 11th point.From there the game went back and forth with the Jets firing a lot of pucks from the outside. Holtby did have to make a huge save on one sequence after Dmitry Orlov was beaten (again) on defense and then T.J. Oshie somehow played second goalie to keep the disc from crossing the red line. After that the Caps did a good job of holding the Jets to perimeter shots through 40 minutes.But in the final stanza, the Capitals legs grew fatigued and they started reaching instead of moving their feet to play defense. The Caps were still up 2-0 with 10 minutes to go and per Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) the team was 71-1-6 under Coach Barry Trotz when leading at that point in the game.Things were looking good; especially after Oshie hustled to draw a trip and take the Jets off of a power play. Shortly thereafter though, Nate Schmidt got outmuscled in a four on four situation and Alzner went down to block a pass putting himself out of position for a Jets rebound and the subsequent goal at the 13:04 mark.No problem still, right? Well, not so fast. Washington was fading and when Brooks Orpik missed a hit on the right wing boards and John Carlson made a bad decision to try and hit Joel Armia, the puck was passed easily to Adam Lowry all alone in front of Holtby. He then deked the pride of Saskatchewan to the ice and deposited the biscuit in the basket to tie the game up with 2:25 left.At that point, overtime seemed imminent, but Washington forced an offensive zone draw and Coach Trotz had Jay Beagle take the faceoff. Beags won the draw back to Carlson and then fought his way towards the net. Carlson’s point shot found #83 in front and he backhanded it past Connor Hellebucyk for the win with just 30 ticks remaining.It was a huge goal and the first of the season for the Regal Beagle.This was not one of the Capitals better performances, but that’s to be expected given the travel and schedule. They needed a top game from their all world goalie and they received it. In addition, there are several guys who are in the groove offensively, such as Oshie, Johansson, Beagle, and Kuznetsov and the Caps rode them to victory.The line of Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Wilson has been really strong as has been the Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller, and Oshie unit. Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin, and Justin Williams continue to try and find chemistry, but given how well the other three lines, to include Beagle, Connolly, and Zach Sanford are playing, Coach Trotz likely needs to let those stars work their way through it.On defense, the Alzner and Matt Niskanen pair has been excellent. Carlson and Orlov have not been a duo you can wager your cash on so far this season and I put most of that on #9. He’s still deficient too often in his own zone. Orpik and Schmidt form a decent third pair since #88 is good at rushing the puck and #44 is sound defensively, but both made mistakes on the Jets goals in this one. Simply put, one has to think that GM Brian MacLellan is looking at potential defensemen to bring in in the event that things don’t improve on the back end.Let’s be honest, this team has a strong group of 13 forwards with the additions of Eller, Connolly, and Sanford, but the defense, which let them down when suspensions and injuries hit last spring is still a big question mark.On Tuesday night in Winnipeg, however, the Caps were fortunate to have one of the game’s best goalies deliver them the two points.Long live the Holtbeast!Notes: Shot attempts were 61-48 for Winnipeg and shots on goal were 45-27…Niskanen led the Caps in ice time with 23:50…Ovechkin had 12 shot attempts, but only three made it on net…the Caps did dominate from the dot and that was key in the victory, going 37-28. Beagle and Backstrom were both 10-5…Connolly led the Capitals in hits with four and he was one of the best Washington players in this one…the Caps and Winnipeg will play again in their final meeting of the season on Thursday night at the Verizon Center.