Kent alumna Alexandra Gordon has been named Kent Law Society Junior Lawyer of the Year in the inaugural Kent Law Society Awards. Alexandra, who graduated from Kent Law School in 2007 with a degree in Law, is a solicitor with Furley Page’s Private Client Team in Canterbury. The award seeks to acknowledge lawyers whose professional activities (paid or unpaid) over the past 12 month have been worthy of recognition.
While a student at Kent, Alexandra undertook work at the Kent Law Clinic which counted towards her Law degree. Since qualifying, Alexandra has worked as a volunteer lawyer for the Clinic, assisting members of the public at evening advice sessions for more than three years. Alexandra also acts as a mentor for Kent Law students.
Alexandra said: ‘Without the guidance and support of the Kent Law School, particularly from all at the Kent Law Clinic, I would not have been given the opportunity to start such a successful career, and so I feel they have played a great part in my achieving this award.’
Clinic Director Professor John Fitzpatrick had no hesitation in recommending Alexandra to the Kent Law Society for the award: ‘I commend her specifically for the outstanding pro bono contribution that she has made over the past year at our outreach Advice Session in Whitstable on Monday evenings, where she has advised countless members of the public on wills, lasting powers of attorney, probate and probate disputes.
‘The in-house solicitors in the Clinic do not work in these fields and Alex has made it possible for us to provide this valuable, much needed service for those with no prospect of paying for legal advice. She makes a real difference to these people at what is almost invariably a difficult and testing time for them.’