Olwen Dutton, Local Government Partner has been named Partner of the year 2013 by the Birmingham Law Society.

At the award ceremony on Thursday 14 March, the judges indicated that they were impressed with the way that she had developed her career, moving from a prominent local government position, to become a leading private practice lawyer dealing with local authority issues. 

They also noted her efforts to advance the role of women in the legal profession and her support for young people with under privileged backgrounds seeking legal careers.
 
Olwen has been a Partner with Bevan Brittan since January 2011. Prior to joining the firm she was Chief Executive of the West Midlands Regional Assembly and West Midlands Local Government Association having enjoyed a long and successful legal career in local government.

Since joining Bevan Brittan, Olwen has joined the tier one local government team and developed a reputation as one of the leading legal advisors in the sector. In particular she specialises in the complex vires and governance issues facing local authorities at a time of significant change following the introduction of the Localism Act. Olwen is also advising a significant number of Authorities on the issues arising from the transfer of responsibility for Public Health from PCTs to Local Government and the establishment of Health & Wellbeing Boards due to occur in April 2013.

Commenting on the award, Olwen said;

I am delighted to have been awarded this prestigious award by my peers. I have dedicated my legal career to addressing the many and complex legal challenges faced by local authorities on a daily basis. To be able to continue this dedication in private practice enables me to maintain the immense sense of pride and motivation I have enjoyed throughout my career.