Triple awards success at Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2016

16 November, 2016
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Lawyers at Cripps have been acknowledged as being among the very best in the country in the wealth management sector.

The law firm – the only one in the South East to be recognised – took home three prizes from the 2016 Citywealth Future Leaders Awards, which champion young professionals aged under 40 and highlight the leaders of today and tomorrow.

Two of Cripps’ family lawyers, Claire Tollefson and Katy-Louise Allen – both from Tunbridge Wells – received awards for their in-depth knowledge of their field, contribution to the profession, client service initiatives, leadership and vision.

Claire, who took silver in the Regional Lawyer of the Year category, advises on all aspects of divorce and private family law with a particular specialism in dealing with the financial consequences of relationship breakdown and children disputes. She has been at Cripps since 2008, trained with the firm, and has quickly risen to Associate level.

An associate solicitor and new recruit to Cripps bronze-winner Katy-Louise, advises on all aspects of family law, specialising in matters relating to asset/wealth protection, usually for high net worth individuals, by way of nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements.

A silver was also won in the Team Initiative of the Year category for the firm’s ‘Get Cripps to Rio’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme. This challenged staff to walk, run, row and cycle a combined distance of 5,767 miles – the equivalent distance from Tunbridge Wells to Rio de Janeiro – over a period of four weeks to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. When the challenge ended, some 80 staff had travelled a combined 7,472 miles, raising more than £4,000.

These latest awards follow Cripps’ recent success in the Citywealth Leaders List 2016, which named 85 per cent of its partners as among the best private client practitioners in the UK – the highest number in any legal practice in the South East according to size (excluding London).

Myles McIntosh, head of the private client team at Cripps, said: “These awards underline our leading regional position and our growing national reputation. They also demonstrate the importance of nurturing and retaining talented young lawyers.

“There was very stiff competition in the categories Claire and Katy-Louise entered, and I am delighted their hard work and professional expertise has been recognised in this way. They have an unwavering passion and drive for their work and are a real asset both to Cripps and to their clients.

“Congratulations are also due to our Charity Committee, supported by our trainees, for coming up with an initiative that enthused so many of their colleagues and raised a substantial sum for such a worthy cause.”

Entries for the awards were assessed by an independent panel of expert judges with votes from clients and peers counting for 10 per cent of the results.