Last night, the Giles Wilson team were delighted to attend the Law Society’s 10th annual Excellence Awards. It is with great delight that we can announce that, our partner, Melinda Giles, was named as ‘Highly Commended’ in the Solicitor of the Year – Private Practice category.
One of the most highly regarded events in the law social calendar, The Law Society’s Excellence Awards recognises exceptional work in legal services. The night saw the best and brightest legal professionals from all over the UK travel to the Hilton Park Lane in London to celebrate outstanding work and listen to speeches from the Law Society President, Robert Bourns, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti and Tan Ikram.
As a passionate advocate for gender equality, Melinda declined to be entered into the ‘Woman Lawyer of the Year’ category but she was delighted for her work to be recognised within the highly respected ‘Solicitor of the Year – Private Practice’ category. The category saw competition from some of the most talented legal professionals in the UK, including winner John Halford of Bindmans LLP, but Melinda was honoured to be named as ‘Highly Commended’ Solicitor of the Year.
As the head of non-contentious matters at Giles Wilson, Melinda guides our team of expert solicitors in all areas of Private Client law, including wills and trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney, probate and certain areas of property law. She also works closely with the litigation team at Giles Wilson on contentious probate issues.
She has been working in the private client area since 1987 and during this time has established herself as one of the leading specialists in this area. Melinda has represented clients at mental health tribunals, has been a Court of Protection panel deputy for over 10 years and is on the MENCAP-recommended list of specialist solicitors, providing wills and trust advice to parents of children with learning disabilities.
Giles Wilson would like to congratulate Melinda, and all other winners and nominees, for their achievements and thank The Law Society for a fantastic evening.
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