Law Firm Addleshaw Goddard has awarded the 2019 Sonia McMahon Award to York University Law Student Katie Shelton.

The award, which was set up in memory of partner Sonia McMahon, will see Katie receive a financial contribution towards the cost of studying law at university, access to a mentor and a week of work experience.

Katie is the first winner of this award who has previously benefited from Addleshaw Goddard's wider Social Mobility Programme, having participated in the firm's Legal Access Week Programme at their Leeds office. 

Ged Barnes, a Partner from Addleshaw Goddard who had the privilege of working alongside Sonia, comments: "Sonia was a real people person and an inspirational mentor, so it’s fitting that we are able to continue to help young people from diverse backgrounds as they embark on the next stage of their professional journey in her memory. We've helped a number of young aspiring lawyers over the eight years since we set up this award, and we look forward to seeing how it also benefits Katie in her future career."

Katie adds: "Upon returning from the Addleshaw Goddard Legal Access Week, I knew that I wanted a career in the legal sector. The friendly attitude of everyone at the firm made me feel really at home and extremely welcome. Having a mentor who can advise me on the next stages of training and the different areas available to me, will really allow me to gain an insight into the journey ahead. 

"For both the practical and financial contribution, I cannot express my gratitude enough, as it will have such a significant impact on my studies and my career. I look forward to using my knowledge of the law in order to make a difference in society. I know that this award will equip me with the tools necessary to achieve the best degree possible, therefore allowing me to make a difference in the lives of everyday people."