We are exceptionally proud to announce that our very own Head of Private Client, Jade Gani, has been shortlisted for ‘Young Practitioner of the Year’ at the global STEP Private Client Awards 2021; awards which are seen as the hallmark of quality within the Private Client industry and which celebrate excellence among the profession.
The awards saw hundreds of entrants from across the world, all of which underwent a rigorous judging process before being narrowed down to the shortlisted finalists. Judges are supported by an independent panel of experts comprising of internationally renowned practitioners in the wealth management arena.
The awards have been described by notable practitioners as:-
“The very best in the private client industry – everyone appreciates that the entries are genuinely and fully scrutinised and independently and rigorously judged – worth winning in other words!” (Ceris Gardner TEP, Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP)
“The Oscars of our industry and the one all of us wish to win. Clients, staff and competitors all look to these awards as a measure of quality.” (Mark McMullen, Stonehage Fleming)
Whilst Jade specialises in complex Wills, Trusts, Tax, Estate Planning and Court of Protection work and has a fantastic relationship with her colleagues, Clients and 3rd parties alike, it was her unwavering charitable endeavours that formed the focus of her nomination. Most notably, together with Directors Duncan Thomson and Stephen Puri, Jade successfully launched The Wishing Will Foundation earlier this year, after two years of careful planning, cultivating local relationships and sheer hard work.
The Wishing Will Foundation is a Community Interest Company that prepares expertly drafted Wills in exchange for donations to local hospices and charities that support the most vulnerable members of our community. They are currently partnered with Thames Hospice, Ella’s, Christopher’s Smile and Citizen’s Advice Bracknell & District – with many more local charities registering their interest to become involved too. Jade commented:-
“The Wishing Will Foundation is a cause very close to my heart. It is important to me to support our wider community as much as possible – and the Wishing Will allows me to do that by using my expertise to its full advantage. It should also help us reduce the prevalence of Intestate Estates, meaning more certainty and peace of mind for our loved ones using the scheme. It also helps to spread the word about the amazing work undertaken every day by our partnered charities, who often rely on legacies in Wills to continue to provide their services.”
In respect of the STEP Private Client Award shortlisting, Jade added:-
“I am absolutely blown away to have become a finalist in such prestigious – and global – awards! They are the gold-standard of this line of work and the fact that my efforts to bring our community, local charities and solicitors together in a positive way is being recognised on such renowned stage is beyond my wildest expectations. I feel extremely grateful just to be shortlisted and hope that this will encourage other professionals to become equally involved in charitable community initiatives too.”
This shortlisting follows on Jade’s win at the British Wills and Probate Awards 2020 for ‘Young Practitioner of the Year 2020’ and the firm’s win at the Probate Research Awards 2021 for ‘Best Community Contribution’. We are proud to say that Jade’s work ethic epitomises Aston Bond’s core values and we couldn’t be more excited to support and celebrate with her on 23 September at the virtual awards ceremony. Please join us in wishing her the very best of luck!
Stephen Puri, Aston Bond CEO commented:
“We are delighted for Jade. She continues to work hard and strive for the very best and this nomination is testament to her commitment to work and clients alike.”