SMB has been shortlisted for the Law Society’s Excellence Awards

2nd August 2018

Simons Muirhead Burton LLP has been shortlisted for the Law Society’s prestigious Excellence Awards, the highest accolade for law firms in England and Wales, in the Excellence in Pro Bono category.

We have been selected in recognition of our long-standing commitment to providing free legal representation to individuals facing the death penalty through The Death Penalty Project, an independent charity housed and supported by the firm. SMB has grown an international reputation as a leader in death penalty litigation through the work of The Death Penalty Project before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Razi Mireskandari, Managing Partner at SMB and a member of The Death Penalty Project’s board of Directors, said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. A commitment to providing free legal representation in death penalty cases has been a central part of our firm’s identity since its earliest days. We are immensely proud that with our support The Death Penalty Project has helped save the lives of hundreds of individuals who might otherwise have been executed. Unfortunately, that work is just as important as it was 35 years ago”.

Law Society President Christina Blacklaws said: “There are more than 9,000 firms and 140,000 solicitors in England and Wales, so to be shortlisted for an Excellence Award is to be recognised as being among the best of the best.”

 “At a time of immense pressure on the justice system, the incredible work being done by solicitors across the country should be applauded.”

Winners will be announced at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards ceremony in London on 17 October 2018.