Katie Sweeney, Practice Manager at Downie & Gadban, has been awarded 2022’s highest mark for the Part Associate: ALPM Legal Practice Management examination by the Institute of Legal Finance & Management (ILFM).

Katie received her award at the VIP Annual Awards Lunch on 22nd February, 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 pandemic. The award was presented by Paul Philip, Chief Executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

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.

Downie & Gadban has a longstanding reputation for technical excellence combined with outstanding client service and is fully committed to supporting its staff in their personal and professional development.

Katie Sweeney, Practice Manager, comments:

“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 that my efforts have been recognised.”

Julian De Giovanni, Partner and Head of Property Development and Commercial Property, comments:

“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.”