Join us online


29 April 2021

LIVE FROM 16:00HRS

Brought to you by Meerkat PR, the probate research world has emerged as a profession that provides a constant stream of good news stories. Welcome windfalls and reunification of families are regular events, whilst invaluable research and essential services support the legal world. The UK Probate Research Awards celebrates the achievements and skills of forensic genealogists, recognising the best of the best.

OUR HOST


Our host for the virtual 2021 awards is British criminal barrister and television personality…

Rob Rinder

PRA21 Judge Rinder w. Gold Decal (1)
VIEW PAST EVENTS

SIGN-UP NOW


This year, attendance for the virtual UK Probate Research Awards is FREE

Sign up for the awards using the form below….

FORM NOT WORKING? SIGN-UP HERE
gold divider

Sponsors


– 2021 HEADLINE SPONSOR –

gold divider

INTERESTED IN SPONSORSHIP?

We have sponsorship packages available for the Probies 2021 event. This year, we’re going virtual! This is a unique opportunity to
showcase your firm on the big screen in a fun, engaging and enjoyable setting. To view the full sponsorship package with further
details, please contact us and you will be sent the sponsorship package.

Contact Us

2020 Award Winners


gold divider

2021 Awards Categories


BEST PROBATE LAW FIRM

Categories for: Scotland, Wales, North England, Central England, London & the South East, South England.

Probate solicitors are experts in estate administration and have legal, accountancy and administrative skills as well as patience and understanding. This award recognises not only the excellence of the services these solicitor firms deliver but also the best support they provide to probate researchers.

YOUNG WILLS & PROBATE PROFESSIONAL AWARD

This brand-new award for 2021 celebrates the work undertaken by a young solicitor. The judges are looking for a solicitor who has excelled in their role or made a significant difference to their firm.

AWARD SPONSOR: 

BEST PROPERTY CLEARANCE FIRM

This is awarded to a firm who can demonstrate compliance and excellence in this essential area of works.

BEST PROBATE RESEARCH PARALEGAL

This award is presented to an individual whose professional skills as a probate researcher and a licensed paralegal are recognised as exemplary.

AWARD SPONSOR:  NALP_logo.v2

BEST HUMAN INTEREST STORY

Some stories uncovered by probate researchers touch people on an emotional level. It’s not financial benefit, but about real-life stories and unexpected outcomes that are truly unique. The stories uncovered by probate researchers and solicitors can be touching and heart-warming making their job all the more valuable.

AWARD SPONSOR: Meerkat PR Ltd

THE UNSUNG HERO

This brand-new award celebrates the people in a firm who may not usually be recognised but plays a vital role to the success of the team. This may be people/teams in marketing, social media, HR and secretarial/assistant work.

AWARD SPONSOR: Just Clear

BEST COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION

This award is about recognising an individual or organisation that made a considerable and special contribution to the community.

AWARD SPONSOR: Logo of Ramsdens solicitor

BEST PROBATE RESEARCH INSURANCE PROVIDER

Insurance companies cover risks against claims on estates. These risks are only accepted after an approved probate research firm has finalised their report.

BEST PRIVATE DEPUTYSHIP FIRM

Private deputyship firms perform vital role in safeguarding the affairs of vulnerable clients. This award recognises the important work private deputyship is in this specialist field and honours the trust and sensitivity of their role.

BEST INTERNATIONAL PROBATE RESEARCHER OF THE YEAR

Probate research often requires detailed knowledge and specialist skills in understanding research methods not just here in the UK but in other parts of the world where beneficiaries need to be located. This award will go to the researcher who has a proven record of amazing results.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN INTERNATIONAL PROBATE RESEARCH

The award recognises an individual’s exceptional contribution to the industry ensuring that every aspect of research has been covered.

AWARD SPONSOR: Finders-International-Logo--NEW-LOGO---White

BEST UK PROBATE RESEARCH FIRM

This award goes to the firm who has consistently impressed with its results, standards and quality of service. They will be committed to positively promoting the industry as well as being supportive to their clients.

gold divider

NOMINATIONS


Nominations are now CLOSED

Thank you to all that have submitted entries

We wish you all the best of luck!

Have you and your colleagues registered to attend the event?

SIGN-UP FOR THE AWARDS HERE
gold divider

SHORTLIST


Best Probate Law Firm Scotland

TC Young (Glasgow)
Sturrock Armstrong Thomson

Best Probate Law Firm Wales

Hugh James
New Law

Best Probate Law Firm North England

Ramsdens Solicitors
Chadwick Lawrence LLP
Tilly Bailey Irvine

Best Probate Law Firm Central England

Wilson Browne Solicitors
Wright Hassall
Pickerings (Tamworth)

Best Probate Law Firm London & the South-East

Aston Bond
Martin Tolhurst
Brachers LLP
Osbornes
Furley Page

Best Probate Law Firm South England

Co-op (Bristol)
Coole Bevis
Charles Russell Speechleys

Young Wills and Probate Professional

Jade Gani – Aston Bond
Sophie Wallace – Brachers LLP
Becci Haffner – Harrison Drury
Holly Radcliffe – Harrison Drury
Paige Gouldthorpe – Fosters Solicitors

Best Property Clearance Firm

Just Clear
Cullen’s Clearance
Torbay Clearance Services Ltd
AJ Site Clearance Ltd
Simple As

Best Probate Research Paralegal

Dee French-Patel – Finders International
Heather Carson – Finders International
Amy Cox – Finders International

The Unsung Hero Award

Ilinca Mardarescu – Aston Bond
Rachel Jones – Aston Bond

Best Community Contribution

Aston Bond
Lorna Fleming – Finders International Ireland
David Lockwood – Finders International

Best Private Deputyship Firm

Professional Deputies
Bennett & Brown Deputyship Services
Owl Guardian Services

Best International Probate Researcher of the Year

Amy Crabill Lay – American Global Heir Search
Ryan Gregory – Finders International
Carmelo Guarino – Finders International

Outstanding Achievement in International Probate Research

Ryan Gregory – Finders International
Jan-Mathis Holstein – GEN
Antoine Djipka – ADD Associes

Best UK Probate Research Firm

Pro-Gen Research
Finders International
Harrisons Research and Genealogy

Best Probate Law Firm, Scotland: McClure Solicitors

 

Best Probate Law Firm, North of England: Ramsdens Solicitors

 

Best Probate Law Firm, Central England: Wilson Browne

 

Best Probate Law Firm, South England: Irwin Mitchell

 

Best Probate Law Firm, South East & London: Martin Tolhurst Solicitors

 

Best Probate Law Firm, Wales: Hugh James Solicitors

 

Best Property Clearance Firm: Just Clear

 

Best Probate Research Paralegal (Presented by Amanda Hamilton from NALP) : Emma Bell of Finders International

 

Best Probate Deputyship Firm: Owl Guardian Services

 

Best Human Interest Story: Margaret Abbotts

 

Best International Probate Researcher: Carmelo Guarino

 

Best Community Contribution (Presented by Adam Huttly from Red Inc) :  Tilly Bailey Irvine

 

Best Probate Research Insurance Provider: Aviva Legal Indemnities

 

Outstanding Achievement in International Probate Research (Presented by James Empson from Finders International) : Antoine Djipka from ADD Associés, France

 

Best UK Probate Research Firm: Danny Curran of Finders international

Chosen Charity


Our chosen charity for 2021 is Reengage.
Reengage is a charity that is positive about older age and committed to fighting loneliness to that people can have social lives and friendship groups however old they are. Reengage works together with volunteers across the UK, tackling loneliness through their Call Companions programme and regular social groups which bring generations together for conversation and laughter.

Half of the funds received from nominations will be donated to Reengage.

gold divider

Highlights