A practice manager at an Alton law firm has won a prestigious industry award.

Katie Sweeney, practice manager for Downie & Gadban, has been awarded 2022’s highest mark for the part associate legal practice management examination by the Institute of Legal Finance and Management (ILFM).

Katie said: “It was a massive surprise to hear I was receiving an award for achieving the highest pass mark on the exam.

“I completed 11 assignments prior to the exam, which was challenging alongside the day job, so I’m really happy my efforts have been recognised.”

Katie received her award at the VIP annual awards lunch at the RAF Club in London, accompanied by her Downie & Gadban colleague and a partner in the firm, Julian De Giovanni. The event marked the first time the awards lunch had been held since before the Covid-19 pandemic. The award was presented by Paul Philip, chief executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Julian said: “We have a track record of supporting staff through their qualifications and there is nothing better than seeing our people excel when given the opportunity. Katie has worked hard on her course over many months, and it’s paid off.”

One of the country’s leading membership organisations for the legal sector, the ILFM provides qualifications, training, knowledge, support and information for individuals working in legal finance and in legal practice management.

Established in 1905, and with offices in Alton and Petersfield, Downie & Gadban caters for clients locally and across the south, advising on a comprehensive range of services including residential and commercial property sales and development, commercial and civil litigation and dispute resolution, and wills, probate and inheritance matters. Downie & Gadban is committed to supporting its staff in their personal and professional development.

Anyone who would like more information about Downie & Gadban should visit its website at: https://www.downieandgadban.co.uk/ for further details.