Paul Rose – a Real Estate partner at law firm Gateley – has become one of only five professionals in the entire country to be awarded an inaugural honour for his commitment to pro bono work.
The lawyer was awarded the title of LawWorks Fellow by a prestigious panel of legal experts, including former Attorney General for England and Wales, Baroness Scotland, and Michael Napier QC, who has been at the centre of core changes in the delivery of legal services, law reform, access to justice issues and major cases.
Paul, who specialises in non-contentious construction at the top 50 national law firm’s Manchester office, has dedicated the last 15 years to pro bono work. He was a founding member of the North West Legal Support Trust and is an honorary lecturer at the University of Manchester and the city’s University of Law.
Since 2010, he has been the partner responsible for Manchester trainees at Gateley and was previously a member of the Legal and Education Group of the Law Society.
He said: “I have worked alongside LawWorks for a number of years across a range of pro bono initiatives. To be one of only a handful of legal professionals to be acknowledged as a LawWorks Fellow is an absolute honour, particularly given the prominent judging panel who awarded the inaugural titles.
“The work that is done in training and developing hundreds and thousands of young lawyers – both in-house and through universities and law schools – is extremely important in helping to shape the next generation of legal professionals and one that I remain very dedicated to.”
Rod Waldie, head of the Manchester office at Gateley, added: “Paul has shown over many years a strong commitment to the development of employees. Not only has he worked tirelessly with trainees, but he has been responsible for designing training programmes for all sectors of the firm and, in particular, a bespoke business management programme for partners. We’re delighted that his hard work has been rewarded by such a highly regarded group of industry experts.”
LawWorks is the country’s leading legal pro bono charity for solicitors, in-house counsel, mediators and students. It works in partnership to identify needs, broker casework and connect volunteer lawyers with communities nationwide.
Dinah Crystal, Trustee at LawWorks and Director of External Relations & Clinical Legal Education at The University of Manchester, commented: “I have known Paul Rose for over 20 years and in all this time his contribution to our Law School and the Legal Advice Centre has been exceptional.
“He encouraged all his junior lawyers to volunteer at the Centre and through Paul’s encouragement and support we have been able to expand our assistance to the community whilst passing on to our students the ethos of pro bono. Paul is also an invaluable colleague and treasurer on the NWLST committee. His contribution to pro bono in the region has been outstanding and I am delighted that he has received the ‘LawWorks Fellow’ Award.”
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