A Portsmouth-based solicitor was recognised as the best in the nation at the Law Society of England and Wales’s prestigious Excellence Awards in London last night.

Mark Tooley from Larcomes LLP won the award for Solicitor Advocate of the Year.

Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said the Excellence Awards recognised firms and solicitors who went above and beyond in their efforts to support their clients.

“Every year law firms and solicitors from every corner of England and Wales support their clients through major life events or particularly trying times,” she said.

“This year we received a record number of nominations for the awards, which highlighted the exceptional dedication, thoughtfulness and skill solicitors bring to their job on a daily basis.

“Solicitors are here to help, and Mark has shown his dedication throughout his career to his clients, advocating on their behalf.

“Congratulations to Mark and the whole team at Larcomes for this well-deserved recognition.”

Janice Ward, Managing Partner of Larcomes said: “We are all delighted that Mark Tooley has shown to the judges his outstanding advocacy skills in his field of law and that he has been recognized nationally as this year’s outstanding solicitor advocate by the Law Society.

“Mark is passionate about achieving the best results for his clients and the testimonials from his peers and members of the judiciary support this fantastic achievement.”