Warwick alumnus Nigel Priestley (LLB 1970-73) has been named Solicitor of the Year for 2010. More than 600 leading solicitors and their guests saw him receive the award at the Law Society’s annual Excellence Awards event at Old Billingsgate in London.
The awards are designed to recognise best practice and to celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement in areas that are central to the law profession today. Nigel is a Higher Rights Advocate and partner at Ridley and Hall, Huddersfield. He has a specific expertise in holding local authorities to account for their treatment of ‘kinship carers’: relatives caring for children who would otherwise be fostered and who often lack appropriate support.
Amongst his successes last year, he won two landmark cases - one involving Kirklees Council - with national implications. He also successfully judicially reviewed Gateshead in a high profile case where a foster carer had been deregistered when a Muslim 16 year old foster child had become a Christian.
“The judges thought Nigel Priestley is exactly the type of solicitor whom the profession should be commending - he is one who demonstrates through his work a passion for correcting the injustices of society,” said the Law Society. “He is an exemplar to all in the legal sector."