Judges confirmed for the upcoming British Wills and Probate Awards

Judges confirmed for the upcoming British Wills and Probate Awards

We are pleased to reveal some of the judging panel for The British Wills and Probate Awards 2021. 

There are some familiar faces on the panel, whose task it is to pick the winners for this year’s celebrations. 

The judges are: 

Lakshmi Turner is a marketing specialist with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of marketing in the commercial, public and not for profit sectors. In September 2012, she became editor of the SFE newsletter and in January 2014 was appointed as SFE’s chief executive.

Stuart Simpson is Managing Director of Equniti Benefactor, EQ Digital and has lead the business since 2016. In June 2018, he worked with 6 of the Uk’s largest high street banks to launch the Death Notification Service.

Carrie Caladine is a co-founder and Managing Director at Right Legal Group Limited, a private client focussed ABS established in 2014.

Paul Saunders is Managing Director of of Legal Eye and has over 25 years of experience as a solicitor in the legal profession. During his time in practice, he has been at Board level in a number of firms.

Alex Holt is the Business Development Director at The Cashroom, he has vast experience in the legal sector and is a qualified solicitor.

David Baskerville formed Baskerville Drummond and has specialised in assisting Law Firms with IT strategy and projects.

Jane Cassell

Jane Cassall  runs JC Independent Wills & Probate Ltd. She has prepared Wills for Paul Farrow, a previous editor of the Telegraph Finance and his wife.

Emily Deane TEP is Technical Counsel at STEP. She has practised as a private client and trust solicitor in the UK, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands specialising in all aspects of the private client industry.

leads on the CLC’s strategy development and delivery. Stephen has a background in the civil service and political campaigning as well as business strategy in the private sector. For several years Stephen was Director of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Law Society.

Trevor Worth is the founder and Managing Director of Portcullis Legals who serve clients, financial advisers and accountancy practices with succession planning advice for clients.

Sue Carter  is a Strategic Consultant to law firms at Consult Sue Carter Ltd
Sue has over 38 years banking experience, with the last 26 predominantly focusing on the Professional Services Sector.

Eleanor Evans is a Partner at Hugh James and is the Head of Trusts and Estates Administration Department.

Lisa Watts is the Director of Lisa Watts Consulting. She is a seasoned business development and marketing professional in the professional services sector.

Matthew Lagden is the CEO of the Institute of Legacy Management. Members of ILM are responsible for managing the income that is left to charities each year in supporter’s wills.

Ian Bond is the Head of Wills & Estates at Thursfields. He is the former chair of the Law Society of England & Wales’ Wills and Equity Committee.

Barry Mattock is Group Managing Director for Executor Solutions & Moving Made Easy

Karen Babington, Today’s Wills and Probate, said: 

“I’m very thankful that the judges are taking on this task. This year’s panel includes some judges who have been part of The British Wills and Probate Award process before. But we’ve also got a number of new judges who will help to bring a new perspective on things. 

“I want to wish you all the best of luck when it comes to deciding who the short listers are.” 

The awards are taking place on Thursday 21st October 2021, alongside headline sponsor Executor Solutions. 

Don’t forget, if you want to enter there is an ‘early bird’ discount in place for nominees to take advantage of. 

The ‘early bird’ discount at £129 plus VAT enables you to enter up to three categories. The discount only runs till Friday 12th March 2021. After that the price will increase to £169 plus VAT to enter up to three categories. 

If you’d like to secure the ‘early bird’ price, all you need to do is register your interest and pay prior to the 12th March deadline.  

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Jennifer van Deursen

Jen is the Senior Media Officer for Today’s Conveyancer, Today’s Wills & Probate  and Today’s Family Lawyer. Having gained a degree in Multimedia Computing, Jen fell into a content role after successfully applying for a job at Cheshire Police. During her 6-year service, she took on the role as personal Press Officer under the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire and worked in the busy press office for the force. Jen has experience in the marketing and communication sphere, which stems from her time in the public sector, private care sector and now here at the Practical Vision Network, where she can utilise her skills and challenge herself further.