Associate Solicitor Tasoula Crosby at Gorvins Solicitors in Stockport has been voted Legal Professional of the Year in a fiercely-fought awards scheme set up to recognise young talent.

Created by personal development organisation JCI Manchester, the Manchester Young Talent Awards 2014 rewarded Tasoula’s outstanding work in the field of dementia awareness which stood her out from her peers.

It is the latest award for Gorvins which has one of the largest and most experienced Wills, Trusts and Probate teams in the North West.

Attendees heard about Tasoula’s career to date and pioneering work as a Dementia Friend, educating colleagues and other professional contacts on what it’s like living with dementia and how to provide better support.

Judges considered strong entries from Pannone and JMW among others before judging Tasoula’s individual contribution to the profession in the last 12 months to be the best.

Tasoula said she was surprised and delighted to win: “It has been really satisfying to see the effect of the dementia education work and to win an award for it is fantastic.”

Partner and head of the Wills, Trust and Probate team at Gorvins, Christine Thornley, said: “We are very proud of Tasoula’s achievements. She has taken the initiative on dementia, seen how much she can contribute and championed it at every opportunity. She is a credit to the team.”

Judges included award-winning entrepreneur Vikas Shah, barrister and Vice President of the Law Society Louise Straw, director and managing editor of Baskerville Publications, Julia Baskerville, who publishes Manchester Law Society Messenger, independent financial adviser Kusal Ariyawansa and managing director of digital consultancy the EWord, Daniel Nolan.

For information on the nine other categories and shortlisted finalists go to

Those attending the glamorous ceremony, held at the Midland Hotel last Wednesday, (26th November), also raised funds for JCI’s chosen charities of the year, Forever Manchester and Francis House.

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