Top 50 law firm Cobbetts LLP is set to sponsor Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) for the second year running.

2009 will be the ninth annual BYPY and Birmingham Future, the young professionals’ networking group behind the event, is hoping to build momentum with the awards next summer in the build up to BYPY’s tenth birthday in 2010.

BYPY chair, Roula Samaha, HR and training manager at the Radisson SAS Hotel, said: “We’re all really glad that Cobbetts has decided to support us again this year.

“With their backing, 2008’s awards were the best so far and we’re hoping that next year’s will be even more spectacular. We couldn’t have asked for a better sponsor and we can’t wait to join forces again.”

Graham Muth, partner at Cobbetts, said that after the success of last year’s awards the firm was keen to be a part of the event again.

“Cobbetts is pleased to support BYPY in recognising and rewarding Birmingham’s talented young professionals,” he said.

“They represent the future of Birmingham’s professional services sector and it is important that we do everything possible to encourage them.

“BYPY is one of the city’s premier events and we are glad that we managed to secure sponsorship for 2009.”

The 2008 awards at the ICC saw Wragge & Co’s Anthony McCourt crowned Birmingham Young Professional of the Year. Mr McCourt won the legal sector and beat five other sector winners – Charlotte Crossley, from Core Marketing, in the Communications category, Nick Morgan, from the Big Cat Group, in the Entrepreneurial category, Deepak Parekh, from Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander, in the Financial category, Emma Whigham, from Atkins in Property and Construction and Claudia Santillo, from Adlestrop Consulting, in the Recruitment and Training category.