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A SOLICITOR has won an award for his legal aid work.

Colin Mackey, from the Cosham office of Churchers Bolitho Way, has won the Family Legal Aid Lawyer award from the Legal Aid Practitioners Group.

Mr Mackey qualified in 1972 and beat off competition from across the country to win the award for his work helping vulnerable people.

And Rebecca Foley, from the firm’s Southsea office, was nominated in the Legal Aid Newcomer category.

Ms Foley, who qualified last year, did not win her category.

The firm said it works tirelessly on legal aid despite government measures to cut it.