September 10, 2021

Aston Bond Shortlisted for The British Wills and Probate Awards 2021

This post was written by: Ilinca Mardarescu

We are delighted to announce that our Private Client team continue to build on their successes and have been shortlisted for two awards at the British Wills & Probate Awards 2021.


Last year, our Head of Private Client, Jade Gani, won the ‘Young Practitioner of the Year’ Award at the national British Wills & Probate Awards 2020. This award was a crowning moment for our team as Jade secured the win against formidable competition from much larger, highly regarded firms, namely Shoosmiths and Morrisons Solicitors.

Since then, the department has gone from strength to strength. The team won the ‘Best Community Contribution” Award at the Probate Research Awards 2021, which recognised our dedication to the local community as well as our charity work. Ilinca Mardarescu, Director, also won the ‘Unsung Hero’ Award for all the unwavering support she provides to the department and the firm as a whole.

Jade’s national success has even extended globally as she is a finalist for the ‘Young Practitioner of the Year’ at the 2021 STEP Private Client Awards. The winner of this award will be announced via a virtual ceremony on 23 September 2021.

British Wills & Probate Awards 2021

At this year’s prestigious British Wills and Probate Awards 2021, we are excited to announce that Aston Bond have been shortlisted for ‘Probate Provider of the Year (Small Firms)’, alongside fellow shortlisters, Farewill Ltd and Sterling Trust Law Corporation Limited. Only the firms and practitioners who excel in the field will be awarded the winning spot.

The firm’s shortlisting for ‘Probate Provider of the Year’ required us to:-

  1. Demonstrate the ability to deliver high standards of service and support to clients;
  2. Show that they provide real benefits to clients and strategic partners;
  3. Show that they work consistently to improve efficiencies and reduce costs for all parties;
  4. Show innovation in developing and bringing to market new service offerings; and
  5. Show they adopt the best philosophy to client integration.

In relation to Aston Bond’s nomination for the Probate Provider of the Year, Director Ilinca Mardarescu said:-

“We are so proud of everything that the whole team has achieved.  They are going from strength to strength and we feel that this is testament to their passion for the work they are doing.  They genuinely care about helping our clients in the very best way possible.”

Jade also received several nominations for Today’s Wills and Probate Industry Champion; a new category introduced this year to recognise those who have made contribution to the sector for the better. The wider sector nominated individuals outside of their own organisations and we are proud to say that Jade’s nominations were impressive enough to see her shortlisted with other remarkable members of the industry.

Every nomination had to provide the following:-

  1. A demonstration of how they put their client’s interests at the forefront of everything they do;
  2. Evidence of how they have excelled at dealing with the transition to a remote working environment; and
  3. A demonstration that they have overcome challenges with minimal disruption to the outcome of their work.

When asked about her nomination for the award, Jade replied with the following:-

“I am a little in shock. It was overwhelming to win the Young Practitioner Award last year, but to be recognised amongst the entire industry is something I could only dream of, until now! I have looked up to Michael, Ian and Holly for a long time; seeing my name up there with them makes me feel proud of my journey and even more determined to strive to be the best I can for my team and clients. Each of them are worthy winner in my eyes.”

It is now up to a public vote to decide the winner of this category, which is open until 27th September 2021. If you would like to vote for your chosen winner, you can do so here:-

The winners will be announced at a hybrid event on Thursday 21 October 2021.