Frank Maguire, of Thompsons solicitors, won the prestigious Solicitor of the Year category recently at the Scottish Law Awards in Glasgow.
The award signals a rare double success – Mr Maguire led Thompsons to the Law Firm of the Year title at last year’s ceremony.
Mr Maguire is a tireless campaigner on behalf of asbestos victims and NHS patients who contracted Hepatitis C and HIV from infected NHS blood transfusions and products.
The judges at last night’s glittering ceremony also recognised his professional skills and praised his political convictions and his impact in changing the law.
Mr Maguire said: “This is a tremendous honour which reflects the professionalism of my colleagues whose support has made it possible.
“The Law is currently going through a period of change and uncertainty, which means we have to be more vigilant than ever that our rights are not eroded.
“I am working with the STUC on their Access to Justice campaign against rising court costs which threaten to price the man in the street out of our courts.
“I am also supporting MSP Bill Butler in his efforts to get the Scottish Parliament to pass the Wrongful Deaths bill which would eliminate the need for details of victims lives to be the subject of courtroom wrangling and give them a legal right to fair and just compensation.”