Justin Sadler and Jane Whitfield, solicitors in the Employment and Wills and Probate departments, have been thanked for their role in organising the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Law Society Legal Excellence Awards.
The awards brought together the best and brightest in the legal profession to celebrate and acknowledge exceptional solicitors, teams and organisations across the counties.
“With each passing year solicitors are presented with new and complex challenges which not only impact the profession but also have a profound influence on society,” said Justin Sadler.
“Both Jane and I were happy to organise the awards. Firms and individuals meet huge challenges and the night at Bisham Abbey gave us the chance to recognise and reward the outstanding contributions being made.”
This was the first time the awards have been presented and getting them off the ground proved to be an exciting challenge.
His Honour Charles Harris QC presenting Alan Warnes (here at Barrett & Co) with his finalist certificate for the Chartered Legal Executive of the Year category
“Solicitors are not always the best at coming forward and seeking peer recognition,” said Jane, who is also Chair of the Law Society’s Wills and Equity Committee.
“But with a little encouragement, we managed to have an awards dinner with more than one hundred guests and everyone said how well the evening had gone. I think the local Law Society is happy that we took on the mantle”.
L-R John Davidson from Oxfordshire CAB – winner of the Pro Bono category; His Honour Charles Harris QC; Greg Falcon from Horwood & James LLP – winner of the Junior Solicitor of the Year category
Barrett and Co have also raised their profile amongst hundreds of firms and are now offering their specialist Contested Probate service to firms that do not specialise in this type of work.
“We’ve met lots of colleagues who now know what we do. It has been very encouraging to hear that our expertise can help other firms’ clients with their legal challenges,” said Justin.