UK Probate Research Awards 2019: Winners Announced

A global first, The UK Probate Research Awards 2019 took place on Thursday 7 February in London with winners announced from across the UK, and internationally.

Presented by the BBC’s Nikki Bedi, the winning companies and individuals include:


Best Probate Law Firm, Scotland: McClures Solicitors


Best Probate Law Firm, North of England: Ramsdens Solicitors 


Best Probate Law Firm, Central England: Blake Morgan 


Best Probate Law Firm, South England:  Coole Bevis Solicitors


Best Probate Law Firm, South East & London: Blandy & Blandy


Best International Probate Researcher:  Ryan Gregory of Finders International


Best Property Clearance Firm: Just Clear


Best Probate Research Paralegal: Katie Watson of Finders International


Best Probate Deputyship Firm: Professional Deputies 


Best Human Interest Story – the case of Barbara Williams: Amy Cox (Finders International) and Lawrence Taylor representing the beneficiaries.


Best Community Contribution:  David Lockwood of Finders International


Best Probate Research Insurance Provider: Aviva Legal Indemnities


Outstanding Achievement in International Probate Research: Jan-Mathis Holstein from GEN, Germany.


Best UK Probate Research Firm: Finders international 


The Awards, created by Meerkat PR, supported by Aviva Legal Indemnities and the National Association of Licenced Paralegals (NALP), gives recognition to probate research as a profession, which also provides a constant stream of engaging news stories, while providing an invaluable public service.

Age UK, the UK’s largest charity supporting older people, and the Dania Scandinavian School in London benefited from nearly £1000 raised from the silent auction.

Directors at the industry body, the International Association of Professional Probate Researchers, Genealogists & Heir Hunters (IAPPR) commented:  “We praise the awards not only for recognising excellent work across the UK, but also for initiating a global first in probate research.  The Awards also raises the profile of a fascinating industry in which to work, providing rich career paths.”

Details for the 2020 UK Probate Research Awards are soon to be announced.



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