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Modern Law Conveyancing Awards: Winners reaction

Georgia Owen



The Modern Law Conveyancing Awards took place last night, recognising a wide range of achievements in the conveyancing sector.

Created in 2016, the aim of the Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Conveyancing Awards is to celebrate success, innovation and talent in the conveyancing sector, and this year’s event promised to be even bigger than the last.

In addition to recognising those who have championed client care, the awards acknowledged the successes of those who have driven innovation, both as individuals and teams. With winners chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, the night showcased the diverse range of strengths and skills within the sector, illustrating the market’s refreshed sense of determination.

Taking home three awards was provider of tech services to law firms, InfoTrack, who only opened two years ago in 2015. Expressing his delight with the multiple wins was Adam Bullion, General Manager of Marketing at the company. He stated: “The Modern Law Conveyancing Awards is a fantastic event that celebrates the success in a profession that is undoubtedly underappreciated. As InfoTrack, we are delighted to have won a hat-trick of awards – Service Provider, Search Provider and Innovation of the year. These awards demonstrate our passion and endeavours to develop and offer technology that evolves the conveyancing process. With our unique AP1 portal where conveyancers can better manage requisitions and all new eCOS, allowing conveyancers to send and receive the Property Information forms without the need for paper, we continue to challenge the process to the benefit of conveyancers across the UK.

“These awards not only recognise InfoTrack but are testament to a profession that is now rapidly adopting, and applying, great technology to tackle efficiency demands. A huge congratulations to all the winners from all of us at InfoTrack.”

This year’s Client Care award went to MJP Conveyancing who felt that the achievement was testament to their client-focused approach. Reflecting on the award, they said: “MJP Conveyancing are extremely honoured and proud to be awarded the Modern Law Client Care Award.

“As a national online service provider it is paramount that MJP Conveyancing provide a client-focused approach, and feel privileged that this award recognises our commitment to achieving excellent customer service.

“We would like to thank the MJP team for all their hard-work and effort, as well as commend the other entrants and winners for their service to the industry.”

In the Northern region, Conveyancing Firm of the Year went to Birchall Blackburn Law, who were incredibly pleased to have received such high recognition of their service. Commenting on the win was Michael Foxford, partner and head of conveyancing at the firm, he stated: “Over the past year we have been concentrating on listening to our clients and their needs. This award win is testament to the incredible work and great talent we have as a firm.

“We are continuously striving to deliver the best conveyancing service and to be at the forefront of change within the industry. We know our services need to stay relevant and client experience is at the centre of everything we do, so it is very rewarding to be recognised for our hard work.”

For the second year in a row, Howells came out on top in the Welsh region, once again winning Conveyancing Firm of the Year. Commenting on the award was Managing Director of the firm, Mark Hobbs, who expressed his delight at the achievement.

“Once again, the ceremony proved to be an amazing evening and it was a great pleasure to be the recipient of the award for the second year running. It’s a tough environment, both for firms and for the industry as a whole, so it’s an honour to have our success recognised alongside so many other high achieving conveyancing firms. It’s certainly a credit to our team who have worked incredibly hard over the past year.”

In the South, Eric Robinson Solicitors were announced as Conveyancing Firm of the Year, with Partner Paul Sams stating that the award was a clear reflection of the department’s commitment. Expressing his delight at the achievement, Paul said: “We are thrilled to win the award.  The prize we have achieved is a testament to the hard work of the firm’s Conveyancing department who make sacrifices everyday to do their role whether that be hardly ever taking time for lunch, coming in early, working late, working weekends, answering calls from introducers plus clients on their mobiles, dealing with matters whilst on leave and a plethora of other sacrifices to long to list that they may feel go unrecognised at times.  It is very satisfying to win given the stature of the judging panel with their combined knowledge and standing within the industry.

“The evening was a great tribute and celebration to the hard work that conveyancers across England and Wales.  The trophy itself will be displayed across our expanding office network over the next few months to remind everyone here that alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

For the Midlands, the Conveyancing firm of the Year award went to Brethertons, who were thrilled to have their achievements recognised in their region. Commenting on the win was Head of Conveyancing, Tom Ansell, who stated: “I am delighted that we won the Midlands Conveyancing Firm of the Year award and it is great recognition for the whole team. We work hard to ensure that our customer service is excellent and always strive to improve. It’s nice to know that our work has been recognised and winning this award is just the icing on the cake!”

The award for Outstanding Achievement of the Year went to Terrafirma’s Tom Backhouse. Expressing both his delight and surprise at the achievement, Tom stated: “Even almost a week on, it is still a bit of a shock to have been presented ‘Outstanding Achievement of the Year’. The award is now sat proudly on the Terrafirma meeting room table! It was a complete surprise but a very welcome one and I am hugely grateful for the accolade both for myself and the amazing hard work the Terrafirma team has put in over the past 12 months. It is a real testament to the incredible journey Terrafirma has taken this last year to become a leading UK provider of mining & ground risk services to the property market, now involved in almost 500,000 transactions a year. It is very exciting times for Terrafirma as we continue to grow across the UK and we are looking forward to another successful year in 2017/18.”

Winning the Oustanding Commitment to Training award was conveyancing provider My Home Move. The company cited educational initiatives as the reason behind the win, delivered through its in-house Learning and Development Academy. 316 conveyancing professionals have graduated to work in the legal team at My Home Move.

Commenting on the award was CEO, Doug Crawford, who highlighted the importance of training and continual development.

“We know that investing in our people results in better customer service. Through our award-winning Learning and Development Academy, we are able to provide all of our employees with ongoing training to give them unrivalled expertise in conveyancing. As the industry’s leading innovator, we’ve invested in a blend of on and offline training, including continuing to develop our Virtual Academy, which gives all employees the opportunity to learn at their own pace.”

Countrywide Conveyancing Services (CCS) was shortlisted for several awards at the ceremony; along with the achievement of receiving highly commended for three awards, Mike Barber, Property Lawyer, was awarded ‘Conveyancer of the Year’.

Commenting on the awards, Mike stated: “I am honoured to have won the ‘Conveyancer of the Year’ award. There was strong competition, particularly with two of my colleagues being shortlisted for this award. Having been with CCS for four years I can honestly say that it is the people that make it a great place to work. Along with everyone’s personal drive and fantastic team spirit, Countrywide’s investment in its employees ensures that we receive unwavering support and a focus on our personal development training. Accolades aside, myself and the team had a superb evening at the Awards and it was a brilliant opportunity to recognise and celebrate the hard work of our industry’s conveyancers. Congratulations to all the winners.”

Also commenting was Paul Wareham, Managing Director of Countrywide Surveying Services. He said: “We are thrilled that our team’s hard work and expertise were acknowledged at the Modern Law Conveyancing Awards. Along with Mike’s exceptional achievement in winning the ‘Conveyancer of the Year’ award, two of his colleagues, Joanne Barnett and Claire Wright, were also shortlisted for their exemplary work. This fills me with great pride; it is a richly deserved award and a fabulous reflection not only on Mike personally but also on our overall business and the people who make it a success.”

This year, the Lifetime achievement award went to Mike Ockenden of Thornby Associates. Perhaps the most prestigious, this award recognises both experience and knowledge of the industry, an accolade which Ockenden felt humbled by.

Commenting on the event and his achievement, he stated: ‘It was a very enjoyable and  fun evening at the Modern law Conveyancing Awards had something of a twist for me when out of the blue I was given a Lifetime Achievement Award (otherwise known as the ‘pipe and slippers award’ according to Rob Hailstone). I wondered for a while if it was a not so subtle hint that I am getting a bit past it and should spend more time on the golf course, but decided instead to think of it as a strong inducement to carry on! I feel honoured and rather humble to be given an award by an organisation and judging group that I greatly respect, and I will try to live up to it in the years to come.’

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