It was an emotional night for the Cartridges Law team at the 2024 Devon and Somerset Law Society Awards, with the firm taking home two particularly special prizes.

The DASLS’s Awards are about celebrating successful firms and lawyers who are working hard and achieving brilliant things. Brilliant is exactly what our two winners are. Penny Penny ScottScott, longstanding Partner at Cartridges Law, and Richard Westlake, Housing Lawer, took home prestigious awards at the event.

Richard was awarded Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, an area of law that is incredibly hard to sustain for the business, but something that has been at the heart of the firm from the very beginning. He has dedicated his life to the service of others and holds a resilience and commitment to clients that is inspiring. Not only are we proud to call him one of our own, but we are thrilled he now sees how valued and respected he is. A well deserved congratulations to him.

Then there is Penny, who was surprised with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the start of the evening. As a Partner at Cartridges Law for 20 years, colleagues and peers alike hold Penny in the highest regard, praising her professionalism, dedication, empathy, and compassion. Recognised not only as a highly competent lawyer with impeccable standards, but also as a genuinely kind and compassionate human being. She is widely regarded as one of the pillars of family law in the South West and Penny’s leadership at Cartridges Law has inspired countless individuals to pursue their own careers in the legal profession, while her belief in access to justice has shaped the firm’s enduring commitment to legal aid. Penny has recently retired from the firm, and we couldn’t think of a better send off into retirement. A very well deserved recognition.

Along with the above, Hannah Quick was shortlisted for the Rising Star Award and the largest team within the firm, the Family Team, were nominated for Team of the Year.

Although Hannah and the Family Team didn’t scoop any awards, being recognised for their commitment to family law holds great value to them and to the firm.

Huge congratulations to all involved.