It is my privilege as President to launch the DASLS Legal Awards for 2020.

Since its inception, the Awards have continued to grow and 2020 promises to be yet another impressive year with the Awards Evening and Annual Dinner taking place again in the spectacular surroundings of Exeter Cathedral on the 30th April.

The purpose of the Awards is three-fold:

  • 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 and
  • 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, through social media and in the national and local Press.

We are continuing our successful association with our media partner Grow Marketing Limited.  Grow’s team has a proven track record of working for National Newspapers and a wide variety of other media organisations.  They bring energy and enthusiasm to the wide range of tasks which need to be undertaken to make the big night in April run seamlessly. I know the Grow team is thrilled to be able to build upon last year’s successful DASLS Awards event and work to make the evening even better than last year.

Please get involved early and help to make our Legal Awards a success.  April 2020 may seem a long way off but the deadline for the submission of nominations will be sooner, before the end of November. As in all things, can I ask that you do not leave your submissions and nominations for the Awards to the last minute. Who knows your team, or individual staff members, could be a receiving an award this year and thereby gaining the public recognition they truly deserve. As a wise person once said….. “you have to be in it to win it !”

Please help DASLS to support and recognise the achievements of your staff and firm. Who knows, you could be celebrating professional recognition at the DASLS Annual Dinner and Legal Awards on the 30th April 2020 at Exeter Cathedral.

Good luck to everyone and I look forward to seeing you all there.

Nigel Lyons


Devon & Somerset Law Society