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28 April 2022 at 18:00

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


Rob Rinder

Rob Rinder is a barrister turned writer and broadcaster. In 2014, while still a practicing barrister, he began starring in his reality court show Judge Rinder, now in it’s 8th series. Rob uses his legal knowledge working in the media to make the law more accessible and understandable to the public regularly appearing on shows such as ‘This Morning’ and ‘Good Morning Britain’.

Alongside Judge Rinder, Rob has also presented shows including ‘Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories’ and ‘The Rob Rinder Verdict’, as well as hosting his own BBC Radio 5Live series ‘Raising the Bar’ aiming to demystify the legal system. His participation in series 15 of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ retraced the story of his Holocaust survivor grandfather and received critical acclaim.  Following this, Rob embarked on an emotional journey exploring further his own family’s Holocaust stories resulting in a 2-part documentary ‘My Family, the Holocaust and Me’.

Along with his screen work, Rob has published ‘Rinder’s Rules’ which provides a thorough guide to everyday legal issues including sections on jargon-busting, consumer rights and common mistakes. He is also a columnist for ‘The Sun’ and the ‘London Evening Standard’ newspapers.

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2020 Award Winners


NOMINATIONS


NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN

Our Nomination Criteria Pack is £50. Once we have received your request, a member of the PRA Team will email you with your pack and invoice. Nominations will only count once payment has been received.

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Sponsors


We have sponsorship packages available for the Probies 2022 event.  This unique opportunity allows you to network in a fun, engaging and enjoyable setting. To view the full sponsorship package with further details, please contact us via the button below.

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2022 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.

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.

BEST HUMAN INTEREST STORY

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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.

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.

BEST COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION

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

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.

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.

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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.

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WINNERS


Best Probate Law Firm: Scotland

Winner: TC Young (Glasgow)

Highly Commended: Sturrock Armstrong Thomson

Best Probate Law Firm: Wales

Winner: Hugh James

Highly Commended: New Law

Best Probate Law Firm: North England

Winner: Ramsdens Solicitors LLP

Highly Commended: Chadwick Lawrence LLP

Best Probate Law Firm: Central England

Winner: Wright Hassall

Highly Commended: Pickerings (Tamworth)

Best Probate Law Firm: London & South-East

Winner: Brachers LLP

Highly Commended: Martin Tolhurst

Best Probate Law Firm: South England

Winner: Co-op Legal Services (Bristol)

Highly Commended: Charles Russell Speechlys

Best Young Wills and Probate Professional

Winner: Paige Gouldthorpe – Fosters Solicitors LLP

Highly Commended: Holly Radcliffe – Harrison Drury

Best Property Clearance Firm

Winner: Cullen’s Clearance Ltd

Highly Commended: Just Clear

Best Probate Research Paralegal

Winner: Amy Cox – Finders International

The Unsung Hero Award

Winner: Ilinca Mardarescu – Aston Bond

Highly Commended: Rachel Jones – Aston Bond

Best Community Contribution

Winner: The firm – Aston Bond

Highly Commended: Lorna Fleming – Finders International Ireland

Best Private Deputyship Firm

Winner: Bennett & Brown Deputyship Services

Highly Commended: Professional Deputies

Best International Probate Researcher of the Year

Winner: Amy Crabill Lay – American Global Heir Search

Highly Commended: Ryan Gregory – Finders International

Outstanding Achievement in International Probate Research

Winner: Jan-Mathis Holstein – GEN GmbH

Highly Commended: Antoine Djipka – ADD Associes

Best UK Probate Research Firm

Winner: Finders International

Highly Commended: Harrisons Harrisons Research & Genealogy

Best Human Interest Story

Winner: Amy Fabris – Story from Finders International

Best Probate Research Insurance Provider

Winner: AVIVA

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.

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Covid Precautions


To ensure the safety of all guests and staff, we will require a negative COVID lateral flow/PCR test. More information on these requirements will become available in 2022.

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