It is my privilege as President to launch DASLS Legal Awards for 2019.  Since its inception, the Awards has grown in stature year on year and 2019 promises to be the most impressive yet, with the Awards Evening and Annual Dinner taking place in the spectacular surroundings of Exeter Cathedral on 4th April.

The purpose of the Awards has been to increase public awareness of the Legal Profession throughout Devon and Somerset; to recognise and celebrate the achievements of winning firms and individuals and those shortlisted in each of the categories; to give Solicitors and their staff an increased sense of pride in what they do.  I have no doubt that the Awards have delivered on all these aims and it has been good to see winning firms themselves publicising their successes in their literature, on their websites and through the Press.

We have a new media partner this year in the shape of Grow Marketing Limited.  Although a young company Grow’s team is packed with experience of working for National Newspapers and a wide variety of other media organisations.  They are already bringing fresh energy and enthusiasm to the many tasks which need to be undertaken before we reach the big night itself in April.  Grow are truly excited to be working with DASLS and I am certain will do everything they can to make 2019 our biggest and best Awards yet.

I urge you to get on board early and ride this wave of energy, enthusiasm and belief in how important our Legal Awards can be.  April may seem a long way off but the deadline for submission of nominations will be before the end of November.  Experience shows Lawyers’ lives are driven by deadline and, in previous years, the submission of Awards nominations has followed that deadline culture, with “last minute” entries.  I invite you to surprise me, buck the trend and beat the crowd this time round.

Please help DASLS and Grow to support you, your firm and your achievements and to celebrate success at the Annual Dinner and Legal Awards on 4th April 2019 at Exeter Cathedral.


Stephen Mahoney


Devon & Somerset Law Society