Sweet success for sixth year of BWAPs

The Wills and Probate sector once again came together to recognise and celebrate excellence at the sixth annual British Wills and Probate Awards, sponsored by CTT Group, with over 700 people attending either in person, or virtually. 

Hosted for the first time in Manchester the attendance was nearly double that of 2022, held in Birmingham, as 450 practitioners packed out The Ballroom at The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel on the evening of Wednesday 11th October. Across 26 hotly contested categories the British Wills and Probate Awards uniquely recognises the individuals and organisations across the solicitor, will-writing and probate communities.

The evening began with the awards, which were simultaneously live streamed via The British Wills and Probate Awards website. You can review the recording of the evening here. The evening then moved on to host the Networking Reception, sponsored by Exizent, Dinner, and After-Party sponsored by Estatesearch.

A glance down those who were winners and highly commended suggests the future of the industry is in safe hands with a mix of established market players and newer entrants on the night.

Hugh James made it a hat-trick as the firm took home the coveted Solicitor Firm of the Year – National for the third year with Weightmans Highly Commended, who were themselves usurped in the Best Place to Work category by Oliver & Co who took top spot with a Highly Commended’s for Confidence Wills and NewLaw.

The Will Writing categories were updated in 2023 to recognise the growth of the online will writing market with Which! Taking home top spot in the new Will Writer of the Year – Online category. Heritage Wills were crowed Will Writer of the Year – National with Touch Solicitors Highly Recommended and Dunham McCarthy were recognised in the Regional category ahead of Confidence Wills.

New entrant Wilkinson & Fox beat off the competition to land Legal Supplier of the Year with Inheritance Data Highly Commended and Just Clear claimed the sought after Customer Service Champions.

Laurelo followed up their success in 2022, retaining the Probate Provider of the Year – South crown with the North & Midlands region going to Emmersons Solicitors.

In the newly split, and always hotly contested, Contentious Probate Team of the Year Irwin Mitchell were Winners with Freeths Highly Commended in the Large category, and Kingsley Napley were winner ahead of Thomson Snell & Passmore in the Boutique category.

The final category at The British Wills and Probate Awards recognises the individuals who have made a significant contribution to the life and times of the wills and probate sector over the last 12 months. For the first time since it’s launch in 2021 there would be a female recipient of the Today’s Wills and Probate Industry Champion, sponsored by arken.legal, as the final shortlist contained Helen Claydon of Fidelis Legal Services, Holy Chantler of Morr & Co and Gill Steel of LawSkils.

Following the public vote Helen Claydon was confirmed as the 2023 Industry Champion, following in the prestigious footsteps of Michael Culver, now of Culver Law and Chair of SFE, and Trevor Worth of Portcullis Legals and former chair of the BEST Foundation.

Commenting on the evening, Andrew Houston of Headline Sponsor CTT Group said

“As we look back on the BWAP Awards, it’s evident that the event was a remarkable testament to the hard work, innovations and inspiration from our industry leaders. The atmosphere was filled with excitement and anticipation, with each nominee deserving of recognition for their outstanding contributions. We hope you all enjoyed the event as much as we did, and we can’t wait to see you all again next year!”

Aleks Tomczyk, Founder & COO at Networking Sponsor Exizent added

“A massive congratulations to all the nominees and winners, it was fantastic to see so many people doing a great job and invested in the work they do.”

Congratulations to all those shortlisted, highly commended, and of course the winners from the team at Today’s Media, the publishers of Today’s Wills and Probate.

The British Wills and Probate Awards will return on 10th October 2024 at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel Manchester. Save the date!


The British Wills and Probate Awards 2023: The winners and highly commended


Best Use of Technology | Sponsored by Best Foundation

Winner: Estate Research

Highly Commended: Estatesearch and Cashroom


Paralegal/Support Team Member of the Year | Sponsored by Fraser & Fraser

Winner: Jaimmie Poon, Confidence Wills

Highly Commended: Janice Connolly, Grant Saw Solicitors LLP


Court of Protection Team of the Year | Sponsored by Anglia Research

Winner: Morr & Co LLP

Highly Commended: Anthony Gold Solicitors


Community & Charity Champions | Sponsored by Simpler Law

Winner: Squiggle Consult

Highly Commended: Farewill


Probate Provider of the Year – North & Midlands | Sponsored by Prosperity Insurance

Winner: Emmersons Solicitors Ltd

Highly Commended: Thursfields Solicitors


Probate Provider of the Year – South | Sponsored by CLS Property Insight

Winner: Laurelo

Highly Commended: Thomson Snell & Passmore


Innovation & Transformation of the Year | Sponsored by CTT Group

Winner: Dunham McCarthy

Highly Commended: AL-HQ Law & More


Estate Planning Consultant of the Year | Sponsored by Ochresoft

Winner: Sid Mohanty, Amadeus Legal Services Ltd

Highly Commended: Helen Davies, Heritage Estate Planning


Best Place to Work| Sponsored by Estgro

Winner: Oliver & Co Solicitors

Highly Commended: Confidence Wills & NewLaw


Solicitor Firm of the Year – North | Sponsored by Ochresoft

Winner: Taylor Emmet

Highly Commended: Private Client Solicitors


Solicitor Firm of the Year – Midlands | Sponsored by LEAP

Winner: Sills & Betteridge LLP

Highly Commended: Shakespeare Martineau


Solicitor Firm of the Year – South | Sponsored by Wilkinson & Fox

Winner: Clarkson Wright & Jakes & Phillips Law

Highly Commended: Judge & Priestley


Solicitor Firm of the Year – National | Sponsored by Inheritance Data

Winner: Hugh James

Highly Commended: Weightmans LLP


Legal Supplier of the Year | Sponsored by Institute of Paralegals

Winner: Wilkinson & Fox

Highly Commended: Inheritance Data


Contentious Wills & Probate Team of the Year – Large | Sponsored by Finders International

Winner: Irwin Mitchell

Highly Commended: Freeths


Contentious Wills and Probate Team of the Year – Boutique | Sponsored by Aviva

Winner: Kingsley Napley

Highly Commended: Thomson Snell & Passmore


Charity Legacy Probate Collaboration of the Year | Sponsored by Institute of Legacy Management

Winner: Shakespeare Martineau

Highly Commended: Hugh James


One to Watch Practitioner of the Year | Sponsored by The Law Superstore

Winner: Nicola Combe, Morecambe Bay Wills & Estates Ltd

Highly Commended: Emily Robertson, Burgess Mee


Probate Research Firm of the Year| Sponsored by Modern Law

Winner: Finders International

Highly Commended: Anglia Research


Private Client Team of the Year – Boutique | Sponsored by Ampla Finance

Winner: Levi Solicitors

Highly Commended: HTF Legal & Rowlinsons


Private Client Team of the Year – Large | Sponsored by Pro-Gen Research

Winner: Mayo Wynne Baxter

Highly Commended: Brabners LLP & Brachers LLP


Customer Service Champion | Sponsored by Exizent

Winner: Just Clear

Highly Commended: Morecambe Bay Wills & Estates Ltd


Will Writing Firm of the Year – Online| Sponsored by Zedra

Winner: Which?

Highly Commended: Farewill


Will Writing Firm of the Year – Regional| Sponsored by Property Ladder Group

Winner:  Dunham McCarthy

Highly Commended: Confidence Wills


Will Writing Firm of the Year – National| Sponsored by WillSuite

Winner:  Heritage Wills

Highly Commended: Touch Solicitors Ltd


Industry Champion | Sponsored by Arken.legal

Helen Claydon| Head of Legal | Fidelis Legal Services

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