Award Categories 2020

Solicitor Firm of the Year (National)

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This award represents the national Solicitor firm who has best proven all round excellence within the practice area of Wills, Probate and Estate Management. They effectively engage with their clients
through various channels be it directly, online, through panels or multiple offices. 

Solicitor Firm of the Year (Regional)

This award represents the regional Solicitor firm who has best proven all round excellence within the practice area of Wills, Probate and Estate Management. They effectively engage with their clients
through various channels be it directly, online or through panels. Your firm will compete against other local firms. There is no restriction in type or size of the firm but their work should be mainly undertaken
within the local area. This award will be split in to 2-3 regions.

Will Writing Firm of the Year (National)

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This award represents an exceptional Will Writing firm who has proven all round excellence on a national level within the practice area of Wills, Probate and Estate Management.

Will Writing Firm of the Year (Regional)

This award represents an exceptional Will Writing firm who has proven all round excellence on a regional level within the practice area of Wills, Probate and Estate Management. There is no restriction in type or size of the firm, but their work should be mainly undertaken within the local area. This award will be split in to 2-3 regions.

Innovation of the Year

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This award represents an innovative project or product that has greatly improved the customer journey and taken the area of Wills and Probate forward.

Young Practitioner of the Year

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

Best use of Technology

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This award goes to a practice or legal supplier who has shown great initiative by implementing technology which has enhanced the efficiency, productivity and effectiveness of their business, or demonstrated how their
technology has delivered an exceptional customer experience.

Probate Provider of the Year

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(2 categories according to size of business) The 2020 National Probate Provider of the Year award recognises the firms with an outstanding approach to client care as they support bereaved families through the probate process. Firms will be
able to demonstrate excellence in the areas of technical advice, client care, and the customer experience whilst providing tangible evidence of a growing a successful business on a national scale.

Best use of Marketing and Social Media

This award looks at all aspects of how a firm or legal suppliers markets theirselves. This firm has shown that its use of marketing and social media has created an effective platform and online presence through which customers/ clients can reach them.

Court Of Protection Team of the Year

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This award recognises those that support the most vulnerable members of society navigating often complex and emotionally charged situations. The winning team demonstrates a commitment to serving
those who may 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. The team of the year will
be able to show a compassionate and empathetic approach to client care as well as achieving the highest standards of technical excellence.

NEW FOR 2020 Charity Legacy Team of the Year

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This award recognises those that combine the best traditions of the charity sector with a deep legal knowledge and sensitivity to administer part of the £3.1bn that is left to charity each year. The winning team or individual demonstrates a commitment to maximising charitable income while maintaining good relationships with the estate administrators they deal with, as well as ensuring that the reputation of their charity is upheld with their supporters and the general public. The winner will be able to show a commitment to high quality supporter care as well as achieving the highest standards of technical excellence.

NEW FOR 2020 Chambers of the Year

This award recognises the Chambers who can demonstrate that it has provided outstanding quality of legal service for its clients and has displayed high levels of teamwork within its firm, with external lawyers and/or other professionals. 

Best Contentious Wills and Probate Team

The team of the year dealing with disputes over wills takes a pragmatic and personable approach to dealing with disagreements over wills and the probate proceedings that follow. Skilled litigators with a proven track record of success, this team will also be able to evidence a sensitive and client-centred

approach to dealing with contentious probate issues. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW FOR 2020 Private Client Team of the Year

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This award recognises a private client team within a firm who work in collaboration to provide the best service to their clients, and who demonstrate how they work together to contribute to the overall firms 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.

Community Involvement Award

This award goes to the firm with an organised approach to corporate social responsibility. The winner will be able to demonstrate a tangible and consistent programme of community involvement over the last 12 months. Judges will look for commitment and passion in making a difference to the winner’s local community and for a strong connection between the activities undertaken and the firm’s values.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW FOR 2020 Probate Research Firm of the Year

The probate research firm of the year will demonstrate excellence in this niche area of the market. The successful firm will show how they put their expertise to effective use and provide an exceptional commitment to their clients and the profession.  

More information about the virtual event will be revealed soon The British Wills & Probate Awards brought to you by Today’s Wills and Probate, alongside headline sponsor, Arken.legal (UK) Ltd, a leader in software solutions for the legal services industry, returns for a third year. This year we recognise the work the sector is doing for clients at this unprecedented time, delivering important services to people despite the challenges, pivoting and innovating quickly to ensure that client needs have been met. 

We are looking forward to hosting our biggest and best awards ceremony to date, which this year will take place virtually, with the wonderful Jennie Bond returning as host on 22nd October 2020 to announce our winners.

Further categories will be announced in the week commencing 3rd August with the full list published on Friday 7th August.

Congratulations to all our shortlisters...

Category Shortlist

Best Use of Marketing & Social Media

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  • WillSuite
  • Finders International
  • Parker Bullen

Best Use of Technology 

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  • My Probate Partner
  • Estate Search
  • Property Probate Solutions

 

Probate Research Firm of the Year
  • Fraser & Fraser
  • Finders International
  • Traceline

“COVID-19 – understandably – has put the Wills & Probate industry under unprecedented demand. The world’s mortality has been challenged and a natural response to this, is to protect loved ones. With social distancing in place, many were – and are fulfilling this response by organising their Wills and associated documents. Delivering these services during a time of pandemic is a response from our industry that requires professionalism, innovation, courage and patience. The British Wills and Probate Awards 2020 is the platform to showcase members of our industry who have done just this. We look forward to coming together to recognise these achievements. We wish all of those shortlisted the best of luck.”

Dave Newick, Arken.legal (UK)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the glitzy awards bash will be taking place online ensuring that all attendees remain safe during these uncertain times. More information about the virtual event will be revealed soon 

This is an essential event for anyone working in the sector, so please add it as a key date in your diary