The annual dinner of the Bradford Law Society was held at the Midland Hotel on the evening of 14 May 2018. The President of the Society, Graeme Davy, hosted the dinner at which over 120 people attended. Attendees were drawn from the ranks of the local judiciary, the Bar, solicitors and other local professionals.
One of the principal events at the dinner is the presentation of the Cawthron Prize which was endowed by the parents of the late Richard Cawthron, who was a Bradford solicitor who died in a motor accident. The prize is awarded to a promising young solicitor who is recognised as being one of the rising stars in the local profession. This year the Cawthron Prize was awarded to Jessica Fielden of Schofield Sweeney.
Jessica, a graduate of Huddersfield University, undertook her training contract at Schofield Sweeney and qualified in June 2016 and has worked in the firm’s Bradford based corporate team since then. In addition to mentoring students on the law course at Huddersfield University, Jessica sits on the committee of the Bradford Junior Chamber International and has been instrumental in organising collections of Christmas toys and Easter Eggs for deprived children in the Bradford area through the BJCI. She is also a member of the committee of the Bradford Young Professionals Network and has recently been on the judging panel for the “Business Women in Bradford” award.
Schofield Sweeney partner and former Bradford Law Society President, Jim Staton, said, “It was a great pleasure to nominate Jessica who exemplifies all that is best about a young solicitor making their way in the profession. Not only is she committed to work for her clients, she is committed to her own professional development and the development of links between young solicitors and other young professionals throughout the Bradford area. I am very pleased that she received the award.”