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ALC member wins Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year

Congratulations to Lorna Cservenka, of Hanne & Co in London, for being awarded Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year.

Lorna was presented with her award by Doreen Lawrence from the Stephen Lawrence Trust at the Globe Theatre on 28 June 2011 and was praised by the judges for her exceptional work in a care proceedings. One of her cases involved a mother (her client) who stood to lose her children if she was found to be abusing alcohol. Despite a test result apparently showing the client was drinking again, Lorna believed her client’s protestations, and succeeded in establishing the test was flawed. The young woman, whose children have been returned to her, wrote in support of Lorna’s nomination: ‘She believed what I was saying and was relentless in getting more information on hair strand testing and helping me challenge the results.’

Photograph of Lorna receiving her award