ONE of Bury’s brightest legal stars has received a top accolade in recognition of her work with victims of domestic violence.
Kate Allsop, a solicitor with Woodcocks, was highly commended at the ‘Made in Manchester Awards’ after the judging panel said her work had made a ‘genuine difference to people’s lives’.
The award tops off a successful 12 months for the 28-year-old, who recently became one of the youngest solicitors in the UK to gain Higher Rights of Audience.
David Connor, lead Partner in the Family Law department at Woodcocks Solicitors, says: “We are extremely proud of Kate for what she has managed to achieve over the last 12 months.
“She has shown great ability and dedication in promoting family law issues during her time at Woodcocks.
“She is also one of the youngest solicitors in the country to acquire Higher Rights of Audience, which allows her to appear in every civil court, from the Family Proceedings Court to the Supreme Court.”
Kate was instrumental in launching a dedicated department at Woodcocks to deal with the rise in domestic abuse cases.
Over the last 12 months, the amount of domestic abuse cases handled by Woodcocks has increased by approximately 60 per cent.
Praising her contribution, the ‘Made In Manchester’ judges said: “Kate generates lots of work in a difficult area, legal aid and family law, where she makes a genuine difference to people’s lives.
“We were impressed with Kate’s phenomenal determination to achieve more, including achieving Higher Rights of Audience, which included training in a different area of Law (civil) which is currently under threat.”
Kate joined the family law team at Woodcocks from Chester College of Law as a trainee in 2007.
She specialises in domestic abuse, separation/divorce and children issues.