Laura Harper, IP & creative industries partner at Shoosmiths, has won the Business Support Award.
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L-R John May, constuction partner at Freeths and Laura Harper, Shoosmiths IP and creative industries partner. Photographer: Carl Sukonik
The announcement took place at a special gala lunch held on Thursday 10 July at the Lowry Hotel, where the city's business community gathered to hear which of the 78 nominees had won the 14 awards.
Laura said: 'I'm very grateful to those who voted for me and for the fantastic support from my team who are exceptional individuals.
'I have always viewed my practice as providing a quality, accessible legal support service to those businesses and professionals operating in the creative and digital sectors. We've developed a team approach to working with our clients to help them to achieve their goals. Winning the Business Support award reflects the commercially relevant nature of the legal services we provide.'
Gary Assim, head of Shoosmiths' national IP & creative industries team, said: 'We aim to create the UK's leading IP team and Laura's appointment earlier this year has brought us closer to that target. Laura thoroughly deserves this award, having enhanced our high-level expertise in this field and by displaying an unwavering commitment to service delivery that really separates us from the competition.'
Michael Taylor, Chairman of Downtown Manchester In Business said: 'These awards, and all the very worthy winners, are helping to break down stereotypes and promote positive female role models within business and enterprise across Manchester and the north west.
'With nearly 80 high quality nominees across 14 categories the voting was very close and everyone shortlisted should be very proud of their achievements. I've also no doubt the with the calibre of entrants, and the enthusiasm shown for these inaugural awards by everyone involved, that they will become a regular fixture on Manchester's business calendar for many years to come.'
Laura acts for many creative and digital businesses, from multi-national technology companies, major fashion brands and communications agencies through to music businesses and professionals. She is based at the Spinningfields office and also at the city's digital media hub, The Sharp Project.