Trainee lawyer takes top prize

Alex Nicholson, DLA Piper
Alex Nicholson, DLA Piper

A TRAINEE lawyer at DLA Piper’s Sheffield office has become the latest in a succession of young lawyers at the firm to be presented with a prestigious Law Society Award.

Alex Nicholson, 23, was honoured with the Sidney Herbert-Clay prize at the annual Sheffield Law Society Dinner. The accolade is awarded in recognition of the student who achieves the highest marks on the Legal Practice Course at the University of Sheffield, and who then moves on to practice within the Sheffield district.

It is the seventh year in a row that a DLA Piper trainee has received the award, making the firm the longest running holders of the title.

Duncan Mosley, partner at DLA Piper’s Sheffield office who leads the trainee programme, said: “DLA Piper is extremely proud of its heritage in Sheffield and remains committed to nurturing the best talent the city has to offer.

“This is reflected in the winning trail we’ve achieved over the last seven years, with all but one of the trainees awarded with the Sidney Herbert-Clay prize still working in our Yorkshire offices. Our trainees are our future and we will continue to offer them the development and support they deserve as they start out in their legal careers.”

The award was launched in memory of local solicitor, Sidney Herbert-Clay, who was President of the local Law Society in 1937.