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McHale & Co Solicitors have announced that the firm and its legal staff have been nominated in the Europia Women’s Awards in four different categories.


The Europia Women’s Awards are a new initiative which aims to honour, recognise and celebrate the successes of the European women living in Greater Manchester.


Staff nominated in the awards, which took place in January, include Marta Grzelak, who was nominated for Community Service Personality of the Year.


McHale & Co was also nominated for Community Service Institution of the Year – Polish Networking Club, an award which recognises community organisations which promote social inclusion and whose work has a constructive effect on the social fabric of their ethnically diverse community and on the wellbeing of all the individuals within the community, including European nationals.


Marta Grzelak is the founder and the chair of the Polish Networking Club.


Maria Udalova-Surkova from McHale & Co was nominated for Business Services Professional of the Year, which recognises European professional women from all sectors who challenge the stereotypes which hold women back and advocate gender equality in the workplace.


McHale & Co Solicitors was also nominated for Employer of the Year – an award which recognises employers from all sectors who support European women, as well as employers who promote staff diversity and equal pay, irrespective of gender, and who promote women into leadership roles – including employers who understand the importance of work-life balance and who offer flexible and fair working standards.


This year’s Europia Women’s Awards mark the first time the awards have been given.


Altrincham-based solicitor Marta Grzelak, 33 – a partner at McHale & Co Solicitors – has also been named the UK's Polish Business Woman of the Year.


"You never think you're going to win these things, but you always want to, of course.


“It was a real, 'What, me?' moment when my name was announced as the winner,” added Marta


The award was presented at the Polish Embassy in London by the Polish Ambassador, Witold Sobków.


McHale & Co offer services across a wide range of areas of law, including civil litigation, criminal defence, conveyancing, employment law, debt defence, personal injury and clinical negligence, motoring law and equine law and horse racing.


McHale & Co Solicitors have offices in Manchester, Cheshire and London.


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