The fifth rendition of the annual British Wills and Probate Awards is becoming ever-closer. As we count down to the 20th October at the Grand Hotel in Birmingham, our “Sponsor Spotlight” series will highlight the progression, innovation and achievements of all our sponsors who make the event possible. We’re delighted to welcome Dawsons Auctioneers as sponsors of the Solicitor Firm of the Year North & Midlands categories at the British Wills & Probate Awards.
First of all, tell us who you are and what you do
Dawsons Auctioneers was established in 2016 by sector experts to offer an innovative, personal “hand-holding” customer experience across the entire UK. Our sole focus is to achieve the highest sale results for our clients, through expert evaluation and multi-channel marketing.
We specialist in offering a complete property contents solution for our clients, covering valuation, sale of goods and clearance.
What would you say is the most important aspect of the unique work that Dawsons Auctioneers do?
Client satisfaction is one of the most important aspects of our probate work. Arranging the estate of a loved one can be difficult and distressing, so we focus on a personal approach, keeping our clients informed at every step of the way. The knowledge that an estate has been dealt with properly and the property contents handled with care and sensitivity gives great comfort to our clients and allows them to focus on other elements of estate administration.
How has the wills and probate sector – and the service you provide – evolved over the last 12 months?
With the relaxing of Covid restrictions, we have been able to provide a more thorough service than ever, meeting executors and beneficiaries in person rather than via video call. On the property contents side, the art, antiques and jewellery market has seen huge growth in the last 12 months with record prices achieved across the board.
As a new sponsor for 2022, what’s your impression of the British Wills and Probate Awards?
The British Wills and Probate awards seems to be an important way of recognising the hard and important work of professionals working in this industry. We are very pleased to be involved in this year’s awards.
What made you support Solicitor Firm of the Year North & Midlands, and what is your message to its entrants?
We work with many solicitor firms across the country, providing them with probate property contents valuation and services, so the two categories we are sponsoring of “Solicitor Firm of the Year North” and “Solicitor Firm of the Year Midlands” seemed like ideal categories to sponsor.
What have been Dawsons Auctioneers’ biggest achievements this year?
Our biggest highlight so far this year has been the discovery of a rare Renaissance painting in a small bungalow in Enfield, where it had hung undiscovered for years. We sold it for a fantastic price of £255,000 and the funds will go towards care for its 90-year-old vendor who has recently gone in to a care home and is suffering from dementia.
Thank you to Dawsons Auctioneers for their support for The British Wills & Probate Awards 2022.
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