A LEGAL expert has told of his joy at winning a top award.

Dan Hirst, an equity partner at Chadwick Lawrence - which has an office in Bradford - was honoured with the prestigious Partner of the Year gong at the Yorkshire Legal Awards last night.

Reflecting on his achievement, he said: "Well, that was a surprise. 

"I am incredibly proud to lead such an amazing team who put me forward for this award without telling me.  

"I am overwhelmed to hear about the kind things that they had to say about me.

"It is a massive honour to receive this award which is a testament to the outstanding teamwork and dedication of my colleagues.  

"As part of this team, I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to our clients' successes and collaborate with some exceptional legal professionals."

Neil Wilson, managing partner, added: "We take immense pride in Dan's extraordinary efforts to deliver outstanding legal services to our clients.

"This award reflects his dedication, as well as the commitment of those working alongside him.

"Huge congratulations to Dan.”

This year's glitzy Yorkshire Legal Awards was hosted by television presenter and actress, Helen Skelton, and was a sell-out event.