Moore Blatch has won gold at both the Personal Injury Awards 2019 and UK Diversity Legal Awards 2019 in the same week.
On Wednesday, Moore Blatch’s Major Trauma team were winners in the Claimant Team of the Year category at the Personal Injury Awards. The awards, in their 12th year, celebrate the work of individuals and organisations working in the personal injury sector. The following day, Moore Blatch’s Partner and Head of Major Trauma, Trevor Sterling, was named Lawyer of the Year (private client) at the 10th UK Diversity Legal Awards. This award acknowledges lawyers who have stood out for their business impact, leadership and contribution to BAME diversity.
Trevor, who is celebrating his 35th anniversary in the legal profession, left school aged 17 with 4 ‘O’ Levels and has worked tirelessly throughout his career to help those in need. He was nominated having implemented diversity initiatives at Moore Blatch, including ensuring there is BAME representation on the renumeration committee and advocating unconscious bias training for senior colleagues. He has also been vocal about the solutions all firms can adopt to foster a culture of inclusion, having been published in several industry outlets highlighting improvements the legal profession can make.
Throughout his career he has worked on high-profile cases including representing victims of the Westminster attack and the families of victims of the Croydon tram crash. Alongside his legal work, he helped to establish and is currently Chair of the Mary Seacole Trust. Through the example of Mary Seacole, the Jamaican-born nurse who overcame racism to help treat soldiers during the Crimean war, the charity works to promote equality in public and private service.
During his time at Moore Blatch, Trevor established the Major Trauma team within the firm and has created the award-winning Major Trauma Service in collaboration with the NHS. The first of its kind, the unique service identifies the needs of a patient at the outset to ensure that, as well as any legal compensation claim, clients receive the additional advice and support that their circumstances require.
The Personal Injury Awards were held on the 27th November at Hilton Manchester Deansgate and the UK Diversity Legal Awards took place the following day at Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s.
Trevor Sterling, Partner at Moore Blatch, said:
“It has been a fantastic week for Moore Blatch and I am delighted that the industry has recognised the work we are doing to create better services for our clients and contributing to the drive for equality.
“On a personal level, in the tenth year of the Diversity Legal awards that have helped to highlight the importance of different voices in our industry, it is a privilege to be named Solicitor of the Year. It is pleasing to see that the great work being done by all those nominated is having real life consequences, as firms adopt more inclusive practices.
“I am delighted the whole team has been recognised this week, as I can personally testify that each of my colleagues at Moore Blatch truly goes above and beyond to deliver personalised support to our clients.”
Edward Whittington, Managing Partner at Moore Blatch, said:
“It is a testament to the team here at Moore Blatch that we have come top at two different awards ceremonies in the same week , all of our teams are constantly looking to innovate to provide the best services to our clients and it is pleasing to see this recognised.
“At Moore Blatch we pride ourselves on hard work and the highest quality legal expertise and Trevor embodies this. Congratulations to him on winning another award and I look forward to seeing his impact on the industry continue for Moore Blatch.”