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Monday, 6 February 2012

Emmersons Solicitors shortlisted for national award by

Iain Laing, The JournalOct 12 2011

A SMALL North East law firm has been shortlisted alongside big national law firms in national industry awards.
Emmersons Solicitors, which has offices in Gosforth in Newcastle and Sunderland, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Law Society Excellence Awards in the Marketing and Business Development category.
“This is absolutely amazing,” said Jacqueline Emmerson. “We are a two partner, seven fee earner practice based in the North East and we have been shortlisted with some of the biggest international brands in the legal profession. It’s like Newcastle Falcons winning the European cup!”
The submission to the judging panel highlighted Emmersons’ campaign led by their crime and prison law partner, Michael Robinson, and prison law specialist Lorna Elliott on Facebook and twitter and through weblinks with others, to abolish the IPP sentence so it can be replaced with a sentencing policy and process that works.
Emmersons created and maintain a dedicated Facebook page to allow those who wish to express their views about IPP to do so. It is aimed mainly at family and friends of IPP prisoners and ex prisoners.
It created a Twibbon and have contributed articles to Inside Time and on blogs and websites to highlight the problems that exist with IPP. The firm has been referred to in Westminster Hall debates on the issue and in Parliament. Lorna regularly contributes to PCUK, a forum for prisoners’ families.
Robinson said: “ The short-listing coincides with the expansion of Emmersons through the employment of Richard Twyford, in commercial property, and Simon Jenkins, in prison law and crime, and confirms that our marketing and business development strategy developed over the last few years has been as successful as we could have hoped for.
“We developed a strategy some years ago that embraces all forms of social media and we have ensured our website is optimised so we appear at the top of search engines. In relation to our website we are lucky to have the expertise of , another local North East company”.

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