Finalists in the Legal Aid Barrister category are: Tessa Buchanan (Garden Court Chambers), recognised for a run of cases establishing that banning DSS tenants is discriminatory against women and disabled people; Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh (Matrix Chambers), who helped overturn the convictions of the ‘Stansted 15’ protestors; and Stephen Lue (Garden Court Chambers), praised for his skilful handling of complex child abduction cases.
Criminal defence finalists are: solicitor-advocate Anna Renou (ITN Solicitors), who played a key role in defending John Letts and Sally Lane for sending money to their son Jack Letts, who was accused of supporting terrorism; Caroline Liggins (Hodge Jones & Allen), a youth justice specialist and founding member of Women in Criminal Law; Suzanne O’Connell (Tuckers), who has led the way in challenging police over their use of grime music videos as prosecution evidence.
The winners will be announced at the LALY21 ceremony to be broadcast live on 6 July. Registration is free, and open to all.
LALY20 was the first online event, and the ceremony has now been watched 4,000 times.