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Welsh Lawyer Wins Prestigious Award


A Welsh lawyer has scooped the title of Consultant of the Year at the recent Women in Housing Awards 2018.

Caroline O’Flaherty, partner in Hugh James’ Commercial Property team, won the award after impressing judges for her work in helping clients build lasting communities, which she continues to support following the completion stage of each project.

She was also recognised by the judges for her role in mentoring the social housing team at the top 100 law firm.

Ms O’Flaherty fought off competition from leading lawyers, architects and chartered surveyors throughout the UK to secure the title, which was presented at an award ceremony held at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.

Ms O’Flaherty is a partner at Hugh James with over 30 years’ experience advising the social housing sector and house builders.

Now in their sixth year, the Women in Housing Awards are a UK wide event attracting over 700 guests from housing associations across England and Wales.

On her award win, Caroline said:

“It was truly an amazing evening which showcased the strength and quality of women in housing. I was delighted to accept the honour of being Consultant of the Year, especially in a category with such high calibre of candidates and diversity of specialisms. The award is recognition of all the support I have from our committed and hardworking social housing team and all our housing association clients and friends.”

Alun Jones, managing partner of Hugh James, said:

“We’re thrilled that Caroline has won this award which was very much deserved. Caroline’s work within the sector has had a significant impact in shaping the direction of our work in local communities. Clients agree that her knowledge of the property industry is first-class. At Hugh James, Caroline has helped to develop a team with considerable expertise, where every member contributes towards the social value that we provide. Well done again, Caroline.”

Hugh James has built a strong reputation in the social housing sector, having worked with over 40 housing associations and local authorities in England and Wales, helping to create neighbourhoods where people want to live as part of long-lasting communities. Hugh James is also now working in partnership with the sector on initiatives to combat loneliness, family health and wellbeing and improve employment opportunities.