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Midlothian Council solicitor wins Rising Star Award

06 October 2014 | tagged News release

Midlothian Council in-house solicitor Vlad Valiente took home this year’s Law Society of Scotland In-House Lawyers’ Group Rising Star Award 2014.

 Runners up were Ruth Paterson, Head of Legal at ENABLE Scotland and Heather McClure, City of Edinburgh Council.

 The In-House Lawyers’ Group (ILG) Rising Star Award was launched last year to support and promote new lawyers working as part of in-house legal teams, a group that now makes up 28% of Scottish solicitors. This year the award was presented at the Law Society’s Law in Scotland Conference dinner on Friday, 3 October following the annual ILG conference.

 Lynda Towers, chair of the In-House Lawyers’ Group, said: “We were delighted to get so many strong entries in the first year of the award and although it made our decision very difficult once again, it was good to see the same level of high quality nominees this year.

 “I’d like to congratulate Vlad, he’s a very deserving winner, and both Ruth and Heather are worthy runners up. The standard of the entries has shown that there’s lots of up-and-coming talent in the in-house sector and the top three have all shown great commitment to providing the best possible legal services and using their skills to contribute to the wider world.”

 Nominees for the award had to be either in-house trainee solicitors, NQ in-house solicitors or in-house solicitors with up to five years' PQE. They had to demonstrate a track record of achievements, proactively adding value and demonstrating innovation or legal process improvements and should also have made a positive contribution beyond their own organisation.

 Alistair Morris, President of the Law Society of Scotland, presented the Rising Star trophy and runners up awards. Vlad, as winner, will also receive two sessions with a professional career coach and spend time shadowing a senior in-house lawyer.

ENDS                                                                                                     3 October 2014

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