Senior Trial Advocate and Managing Director of Conditsis Lawyers, Manny Conditsis, has been named Criminal Law Partner of the Year at the 2021 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards. Mr Conditsis was accompanied by co-director, Michal Mantaj, and the Conditsis Lawyers team at the black-tie event held at The Star in Sydney on Friday, November 19.
Run annually for the past six years, the prestigious awards recognise the accomplishments, innovation, and professional development of senior legal practitioners throughout Australia. This year, the judges were also looking for exceptional practitioners who have been leading the profession through what has been a particularly challenging and turbulent eighteen months.
Mr Conditsis won the Criminal Law partner of the year category, amongst a strong field of 9 other finalists. Expressing his sentiments after winning the award, Mr Conditsis warmly acknowledged the other finalists, his wife for her unwavering support, co-director Michal Mantaj and the entire team at Conditsis Lawyers. He said, “I am honoured to be recognised by my peers as having positively contributed to the reputation, progression, and enhancement of the criminal justice system.”
Mr Conditsis established Conditsis Lawyers in Gosford in the early 1980s. Today, the firm is one of the leading law firms in Sydney and regional NSW, with offices in Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, and Newcastle. Recently recognised in the media as one of the most influential lawyers in NSW, Mr Conditsis is the only solicitor advocate in the Country to appear in murder trials in the Supreme Court. An Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law, he has appeared in landmark and high-profile cases and is regularly sought after by the media for comment on high-profile cases and topical legal issues.
No strangers to awards, Conditsis Lawyers have received multiple accolades over the years. This year alone and in addition to this latest win, the firm was named the 2021 NSW Regional Firm of the Year in the APAC Legal Awards, and one of their criminal lawyers, Alexandra Bailey, was named the 2021 Top Young Criminal Lawyer Under 30 in Australia. The firm is now in the running for Regional/Suburban Firm of the Year at the prestigious Australian Law Awards, with the gala event being held in Sydney on December 2 to announce the winners.