Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co's Contentious Trusts team has won The Legal 500's Private Client Specialism of the Year Award. The win follows a great overall result in The Legal 500 firm rankings, which highlights the success of the merger and its resultant increase in global reach and expertise.
This award acknowledges the cross-sector team's stellar work in contentious trusts and probate, and is based on some of the most comprehensive research undertaken in the UK legal market. More than 50,000 interviews are conducted with clients and in-house counsel to determine the stand out firms which should receive the awards.
Catharine Bell and Emma Jordan, partners in Private Capital and Dispute Resolution respectively, head up the team, which is supported by lawyers Peta Shanks and Charlotte Knight in Private Capital and Jennifer Iglesias and Kate Silbermann in Dispute Resolution.
Partner Catharine Bell said: "To discover that we received the most positive client feedback of all the firms on the shortlist really says a lot about how our expertise and 'single team' approach is recognised and appreciated by our clients.
"It's what makes us stand out from the crowd, and in a sector as competitive as this one, recognition like this is extremely gratifying."
The team has experts in the formation of secure trust structures and advising on administrative risk and regulatory rules. It has worked on such high-profile cases as defending a claim for over $400 million relating to the Kingate Funds scandal, in which the company invested $1.7 billion of subscriber money into a fraudulent scheme administered by Bernie Madoff.
Clients include high net worth individuals and families, professional trustees and other advisers around the globe. They work on onshore and offshore disputes but specialise in avoiding litigation wherever possible. When litigation is a necessity, the team's experience includes running cross-jurisdictional court actions and negotiating settlements where parties rely on contradictory local laws.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co's Real Estate and Technology, Media and Communications teams were also nominated in their respective categories.