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Nottingham Law School alum named Legal Aid Newcomer of the Year 2023

Christian Weaver was named Legal Aid Newcomer of the Year at the Legal Aid Lawyer Awards 2023.

Christian with an award
Baroness Helena Kennedy KC and Channel 4 News Correspondent and author, Symeon Brown presented the award.

The Legal Aid Lawyer Awards were held in London on 12 July 2023. The awards celebrate exceptional individuals and organisations within the legal community who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to providing legal aid services and promoting access to justice for those in need.

Christian was recognised for his “tireless efforts” representing bereaved families at inquests, including the family of Awaab Ishak, and the consequential launch of Awaab's Law.

The award also acknowledges Christian's passion to promote public legal education and access to justice through his book, The Law in 60 Seconds: A Pocket Guide to Your Rights which was officially launched at Nottingham Trent University.

Matthew Homewood, Deputy Dean of Nottingham Law School said, "Christian is a truly outstanding individual who has achieved so much already, but will undoubtedly go on to achieve so much more.  Rightly recognised as a rising star, Christian’s commitment to helping others and making a genuine difference in the world stand out. This is evident not only in the high-profile cases and reform work he is involved in, and the publication of his book designed to educate people about their rights in a way that is accessible to them, but also in the way he selflessly gives his time to enable the next generation of lawyers like him to ‘level up’, being a role model and an inspiration to those who might otherwise doubt what they are capable of achieving.

Christian has many exceptional skills and attributes. These include his strong intellect, his passion for justice, and his dogged commitment and dedication to what he believes in.  However, it is the combination of these, alongside his personal experiences whilst growing up and his recognition of what he can do to change things for the better for all, that make him such a unique lawyer and such an asset to the profession. He’s also one of the nicest, most engaging and most generous people one could hope to meet."

Published on 24 July 2023
  • Subject area: Law, criminology and justice
  • Category: Nottingham Law School