Used by the best in class in private client

As we approach another key event in the legal awards calendar, we are delighted to announce that 83.3% of the nominees for The Law Society’s ‘Excellence Award in Private Client Practice’ 2019, that are taking place next week, are users of The National Will Register.

This follows the nominee announcement in August for the Today’s Wills and Probate Awards where 90% of those nominated are users of The National Will Register in their Will drafting and estate distribution process.

To be nominated for one of these prestigious awards means that a nominees private client team, professionalism and approach to risk management is at a pinnacle.

These are the key characteristics all users and members of The National Will Register possess.

Sydney Mitchell’s Private Client and Contentious Probate departments are members of The National Will Register and the Certainty Contentious Probate Hub & Area. Tracy Creed, Head of Private Client and Kam Majevadia, Contentious Probate Partner, Sydney Mitchell LLP comment: “Sydney Mitchell has had a fantastic year and it is wonderful that the Law Society has recognised our success by short-listing the firm in the national Legal Excellence Awards in the Medium Law Firm category for the second year running.”

“The Will Search services provided by The National Will Register are invaluable to our clients and are an integral part of estate administration for the firm. Locating a Will for a deceased person and being confident that the Will our client is holding is the last Will of the deceased is crucial. A later signed Will, being found part way through an administration, can result in additional costs to the estate and delays to the administration. This can be distressing for all involved at a time when emotions are already running high. Similarly, when dealing with an estate where it is believed that the deceased died without leaving a Will, it is comforting for our clients to know that we have made the appropriate enquiries using Certainty Will Search to establish if it is possible there is a Will in existence before submitting the application to the court.”

Helen Thompson, Partner at Legal 500 firm Myerson Solicitors is a listed specialist in the Certainty Contentious Probate Hub & Area: “It is fantastic that Myerson’s have been recognised and nominated in The Law Society Excellence Awards 2019. The Myerson contentious trusts and probate team is the largest team dealing exclusively in this area of the law in the Northwest of England. It is also the only firm in the region to be rated as Top Tier by the Legal 500 in Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate; Agriculture and Estates in addition to Contentious Probate. I consider that we are now the strongest private client team in the region enabling us to offer a complete wealth management and protection strategy whilst being ably supported by our highly-respected Corporate and Commercial Property teams. Becoming a listed specialist in the Certainty Contentious Probate Hub & Area has contributed to our client offering, making it easier for members of the public to find a Contentious Probate specialist in their local area.”

Rachel Roche, Managing Director at Roche Legal comments on how their membership and process of offering of Will Registration and Will Search with The National Will Register increases their client offering: “At Roche Legal we register all of our Wills on The National Will Register, to provide our clients with additional peace of mind and we offer this service whether their Will is prepared by us or not. We also ensure that their loved ones will be able to trace their Will if they aren’t sure where it is lodged when they die through a Certainty Will Search, which also helps ensure that all estates are administered correctly.”

If you are in the smaller percentage of law firms that do not use The National Will Register, Certainty Will Search or Will Registration please do not hesitate to make contact to find out more. You can call on 0330 100 3660 or email