Finders’ sponsorship reflects firm’s commitment to women’s achievement in the legal profession.

Sponsorship by international genealogy firm Finders ensured that the hard work and success of women solicitors throughout the UK was celebrated this year, as the official sponsors of the prestigious 2010 Association of Women Solicitors (AWS) Annual Awards.

The Awards, which took place at the Law Society in London, on Thursday 9th September, were first established in 2009 to recognise and reward women solicitors who have contributed outstanding work in their field. The AWS was delighted to mark Finders’ sponsorship with a new category, to recognise the achievements of women working within the field of probate practice.

Despite many worthy candidates, the AWS managed to whittle down the strong competitors to announce the following solicitors as winners for their respective categories:

  • Best Woman Solicitor Managing a Probate Practice
    Jenny Pierce of Wards Solicitors, Bristol
  • Highly Commended Woman Solicitor Managing a Probate Practice
    Carole Hope Murray of Beith Murray, Edinburgh
  • Promising Woman Solicitor Managing a Probate Practice
    Anna Coakes of Rochman Landau, London
  • Best Woman Solicitor Managing a Large Practice
    Liz Buchan of Watson Farley Williams, London
  • Best Woman Solicitor Managing a Medium-sized Practice
    Elaine Chapman of Weightmans, London
  • Best Woman Solicitor Managing a Small Practice
    Margaret Adams of Margaret Adams Law, Scarborough
  • Highly Commended Solicitor Managing a Small Practice
    Collen Gostick of Buckles Solicitors, Peterborough
  • Promising Woman Solicitor Managing a Small Practice
    Helen Bunker of Piper Smith Watton, London
  • Best Woman Solicitor Managing a Legal Aid Practice
    Pam Kenworthy of Howells Direct, Sheffield
  • Highly Commended Woman Solicitor Managing a Legal Aid Practice
    Jennifer Beck of TV Edwards, London
  • Best Woman Solicitor Retaining and Developing Legal Talent
    Emma Hawksworth of Russell Jones & Walker, London

The bar was certainly raised this year, as more women solicitors entered the competition, striving for best practice regardless of age or status and inspiring other woman to demand the best of themselves and their profession. Finders are fully committed to supporting the goals of the AWS and recognise the important role that women make as leading practitioners in legal services.

The winner of each category will go on as nominees for the high profile Association of Women Solicitors/ Legal Business Woman of the Year Award 2010, to be presented at The Law Society Excellence Awards on 21st October.

Simonne Llewellyn Deputy Managing Director of Finders said

“Finders is proud to have sponsored this year’s AWS Awards, and we were particularly pleased to see the Awards recognise the importance of probate work in the legal profession. The excellence of Finders reputation and high standards of service, meant that we had a natural partnership with a highly regarded organisation such as the AWS awards and we are proud to congratulate all the category winners and entrants who are achieving such success in legal practice.”

Christl Hughes Chairwoman of the AWS said

“We were delighted with the number and strength of the applications this year from women solicitors in all walks of legal life. By recognising exceptional talent, we are able to increase the profile of women solicitors generally and send out message that female solicitors are also successful businesswomen.”

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Daniel Curran
Written by Daniel Curran
Daniel is a leading figure in the UK Heir Hunting industry. He is from Isleworth in West London and has lived in London for most of his life. He has been in the probate genealogy profession since 1990. He formed Finders in 1997 after 7 years at another firm.