A Kingston-based household clearance company won the ‘best property clearance firm’ award at the UK Probate Research Awards.

Just Clear received the award during the presentation ceremony, which took place earlier this month (February 7).

The awards are held annually to celebrate the achievements and skills of forensic genealogists — individuals, groups and companies who specialize in family history and inheritance.

The company was credited by judges who awarded them the prize for their high levels of service and transparency under often difficult and emotionally-charged circumstances.

Just Clear Founder Brenden O’Shea praised his team after receiving the award and also thanked the communities the company works with for their support.

Mr O’Shea said: “It’s not often that companies in our industry are recognised – and we are thrilled to be awarded this prestigious accolade for our work. It is a credit to the teamwork and company culture. It’s all about people and we have identified this as the key element of our success. A huge thanks for all the support.”

Just Clear specialize in house clearance and dealing with probate assets — those identified in a deceased person’s will — and recently received a letter from the legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough for their efforts to minimize waste.

Their work often confronts them with materials that can be both fascinating and challenging in equal measure.

Among recent finds (pictured) were the propeller of a First World War aeroplane manufactured in Kingston, and unused ordinance shells that forced a street closure in Tooting while Just Clear worked with a bomb disposal unit to remove them from the property in question safely.

This article was first published in SurreyComet