Spotlight: Categories return for fourth Awards ceremony

The British Wills and Probate Awards are taking centre stage once again this October, and we’re excited to shine a spotlight on some of the returning categories for this year’s awards.

Alongside our headline sponsor, Executor Solutions and Champagne Sponsor, Exizent, we look forward to recognising achievements, highlighting progression and championing innovation.

Have you entered The British Wills and Probate Awards yet? Fear not, there is still time. Take a look at some of our returning categories and hear from previous winners.

Private Client Team of the Year – sponsored by Pro-Gen Research

This award recognises a private client team within a firm which works in collaboration to provide the best service to their clients, and which demonstrates how they work together to contribute to the overall firm’s success. The winner will be able to showcase a team-based approach to practicing with a diverse mix of team members bringing a variety of skills and experience to the team to produce a winning combination.

Last year’s winner was the team at Brachers LLP, who were commended by the judges for their ‘energy and ethos’. Bolt Burdon were highly commended in this category with Glover Priest taking third spot.

Christopher Eriksson-Lee, Partner and Head of the Private Client team, said:

“We are delighted to have won this prestigious award which reflects the hard work of the team over the last year. During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, our team went above and beyond to support clients by increasing our service offering through initiatives such as out-of-hours video conferences to  help clients through this difficult time.”

Court of Protection Team of the Year – sponsored by Anglia Research

This award recognises those who support the most vulnerable members of society, navigating often complex and emotionally charged situations. The winning team demonstrates a commitment to serving those who many be experiencing issues around mental capacity and to helping families to negotiate the legal system in order to achieve the best possible outcome for their loved one.

Note: entries for this awards are for practitioners only.

Last year’s winners of this award was Bolt Burdon. They were shortlisted alongside Shoosmiths who were highly commended and Morrisons Solicitors.

Young Practitioner of the Year

This award represents an exceptional individual who has shown a high level of involvement and development within the legal sector or area of practice. We classify “young practitioner” as being under 35 years old.

Last year’s winner was Jade Gani from Aston Bond, who was commended by the judges who said she was “exceptionally committed and recognised for her top-notch legal work”. She faced tough competion from Sarah Ahchoon from Morrisons Solicitors and Andrew Bishop from Shoosmiths.

On hearing she had won, Jade said:

“Honestly, I was shocked! Sarah and Andrew are seriously tough competition with exceptional experience and comprehensive knowledge of their respective fields. After the initial shock subsided, we all just erupted into a cheering, laughing, blur of pure excitement.”

More information about the awards, including a full list of categories and how to enter is available on The British Wills and Probate Website.

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