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Ashfords LLP's multi-award-winning conveyancing team has gained further recognition for the quality of its service at the 2013 Equity Release Awards, which took place at Merchants Taylors' Hall in London on Tuesday, 26 November.
The firm's Equity Release team, led by Partner Peter Barton, were overall winners in the National Conveyancing Category, beating Equilaw and Goldsmith Williams to claim the top spot.
The nominations procedure was a two-tier process which ensured it was as robust and as transparent as possible.
The first stage was to invite nominations from the industry for the companies that were considered worthy of recognition for their achievements over the past 12 months. A shortlist was then drawn up in each category, based on the overall number of nominations and a weighting was added to the source of those nominations. Those businesses that made the shortlist in each category were contacted and asked to submit a short testimonial. An industry panel gathered to discuss the shortlist and use both their market knowledge and these testimonials to determine the winners.
Peter Barton, Partner and Head of the Equity Release practice at Ashfords, said: "This is the second consecutive year that we have won this category and we are delighted to be recognised for our national expertise and high level of client service in this specialist area of law. It is a credit to all at Ashfords, from switchboard operators to the partners, for their hard work and dedication to client care."
Ashfords' Head of Private Client Services, Judith Park, said:"We're delighted to have won this award and to have been given national recognition of our achievements from our peers. This has been very much a team effort in what continues to be a very challenging and competitive market".