We are delighted to announce that Aston Bond have been shortlisted for several award categories at the Probate Research Awards 2021, namely the ‘Best Probate Law Firm London & the South East’, ‘Young Wills and Probate Professional’, ‘The Unsung Hero Award’ and the ‘Best Community Contribution’ award.
Best Probate Law Firm London & the South East
“Probate solicitors are experts in estate administration and have legal, accountancy and administrative skills as well as patience and understanding. This award recognises not only the excellence of the services these solicitor firms deliver but also the best support they provide to probate researchers.”
The Wills & Probate team at Aston Bond are overwhelmed to have been shortlisted for this award. We pride ourselves on delivering a high standard of service to our Clients going above and beyond to assist, often free of charge, via the free initial consultations that the Wills & Probate team offer.
Young Wills & Probate Professional Award – Jade Gani
“This award recognises a solicitor who has excelled in their role or made a significant difference to their firm.”
Aston Bond is beyond proud that the head of our Wills & Probate department, Jade Gani, has been shortlisted for this award. She has shown incredible determination continuously during a challenging year to ensure the success of the department and to motivate and encourage her team throughout. Not only did Jade respond and adapt the department’s services effectively to accommodate our services for those that are most in need, but she has also engineered the ‘Free Wills for NHS staff’ offer which has been ongoing during the whole pandemic.
The Unsung Hero – Ilinca Mardarescu & Rachel Jones
“This award celebrates the people in a firm who may not usually be recognised but play a vital role to the success of the team.”
Aston Bond is delighted that not one, but two, of its super-star employees have been shortlisted for this award.
Ilinca Mardarescu, Director & Head of our Employment department, has been shortlisted for this award in recognition of her uplifting team spirit and the many duties that she undertakes beyond her job role, managing HR, organising events and many more admin roles that are fundamental in the running of a successful law firm.
Rachel Jones, Trainee Solicitor in the Private Client department, has also been shortlisted for this award in recognition of the unwavering support she has shown to the Private Client department and its clients during the pandemic, demonstrating skills and knowledge beyond her years, as well as helping with general firm admin tasks such as assisting with the running of the postal system and telephone lines during the pandemic.
Best Community Contribution
“This award is about recognising an individual or organisation that made a considerable and special contribution to the community.”
Aston Bond takes social responsibility seriously, so we are humbled to have been shortlisted for this award, in recognition of the strong community spirit that the firm values and its focus on giving back to the local community. Examples of recent community events that Aston Bond has undertaken include the annual London Legal Walk (which took place in Windsor last year due to the pandemic), contributing to the ‘Learning to Work’ scheme to help students with their career paths, and donating some of our legal fees to local charities. In addition to this, the Private Client department has been offering free Wills to NHS & Thames Hospice staff throughout the pandemic, and the Head of the department, Jade Gani, has launched the Wishing Will Foundation CIC with the directors of the firm, Duncan Thomson and Stephen Puri, whereby all legal fees are donated to associated local charities, like Thames Hospice.
Aston Bond is looking forward to the virtual awards ceremony being held on the 29th April 2021, and wishes all other shortlisted the very best of luck!