Tees, the local law firm with offices in Cambridge, Bishop’s Stortford, Royston, Saffron Walden, Brentwood and Chelmsford were delighted with double success in receiving both the Excellence in Technology and Innovation and Residential Property Team of the Year Awards at the Cambridgeshire Law Society Excellence Awards held on Zoom on Friday 23rd April 2021.
The Excellence Awards celebrate the legal community of Cambridge across various categories, with the awards being decided on criteria such as excellent client service, technical capabilities and response to the Covid-19 challenge.
Stephanie Boyce (President of the Law Society of England and Wales), The Rt Hon Lucy Frazer QC MP (Solicitor General) and Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawWorks (as Charity Partner) attended the Awards ceremony which was sponsored by Rathbones Investment Management. The Judging Panel was chaired by Ian Mather and included Mark Winchester (Rathbones Investment Management), Greg Mueller (AstraZeneca), Paul Smith (Handelsbanken), Graham Martin (Barclays Corporate) and Fiona Hotston Moore (FRP Advisory).
Clare Pilsworth, Family Partner and newly appointed Head of Tees’ Cambridge office accepted the Excellence In Technology and Innovation Award: “Tees has been investing heavily in technology long before the pandemic hit, but we have also continued that investment throughout the past year. Winning this Award is testament to the decisions we’ve made as a firm to be at the forefront of innovation and technology in the region and also the hard work of our IT team on the implementation, integration and training, enabling our solicitors to provide a seamless client experience."
Julia Turner, Senior Associate and Head of the Cambridge Residential Conveyancing Team gave a heartfelt speech receiving the Award for Residential Property Team of the Year. “This Award means so much to the team- we have worked through unprecedented times, delivering a high quality of service. Our demand has grown substantially and our success is thanks to the consistent hard work of our team.”
The Legal 500 Tier 1 Injury Litigation team led by Partner Janine Collier were delighted to be Highly Commended. Tees provides a wide range of services (personal injury, medical negligence, and inquest representation) to a large number of injury clients, ranging from modest to multi-million pound settlements. “A personal, tailored client experience at the heart of our service, each Tees lawyer has fewer cases than other injury practitioners so that they can truly understand the client’s needs and help them to a better future,” Janine said.
Chris Claxton-Shirley received a Highly Commended in the Rising Star category and commented “I am proud of the contribution I make to Tees, our local community and the wider profession and I am excited about what the future holds.”
Group Managing Director, Ashton Hunt, said the firm’s success in the awards was ”fantastic and very well deserved”. He commented: “Tees has made significant investments in technology over the past eight to ten years, which has meant that we have been able to successfully navigate the pandemic whilst continuing to deliver an excellent service for our clients. Continuing to invest in the best technology to support our people remains part of our core strategy and I am truly delighted that the firm’s efforts have been recognised in this way.”
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