International legal practice Osborne Clarke has won two awards at the 2018 Bristol Law Society Awards. The firm, which has over 500 people at its offices in Bristol’s Temple Quay, was awarded Law Firm of the Year and Legal Director Phillip Chivers was named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year for his work with the Avon and Bristol Law Centre.

Commenting on the Law Firm of the Year category award win, the judges singled Osborne Clarke out for demonstrating excellence in legal services. The firm has had impressive international revenue growth in the last year, and has doubled UK income in the last five years.

Peter Clough, head of Osborne Clarke's Bristol office, said:

We're delighted to be awarded Law Firm of the Year - as well as being involved in many high-profile deals in the region, we have made significant investments in technology, which have allowed us to offer increased innovation to our clients. We also continue to invest in our people, with wellbeing initiatives and development programmes. This award tops off a fantastic year for us and really reflects the hard work of our outstanding people."

In the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year category, the judges said Phillip 'demonstrated strong and dedicated commitment' in supplying pro bono work to the Avon and Bristol Law Centre.

The Avon and Bristol Law Centre offers free specialist legal support to people in need, providing access to the justice system in social welfare law. The Centre has strong ties with Osborne Clarke and Phillip has volunteered at its advice line surgery for many years, where he advises users on their workplace rights and the steps they need to take to resolve workplace issues.

Peter Clough, head of Osborne Clarke's Bristol office, said:

"Congratulations to Phillip - as a firm we are incredibly proud of our pro bono work with Avon and Bristol Law Centre, as well as the many other Bristol organisations we support."

"We encourage as many of our employees as possible to do pro bono or voluntary work by offering them the chance to take paid leave to do so. This type of work is hugely rewarding and makes such a difference to the community."


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