Cunningtons LLP: Our Awards
Having become Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme accredited, Cunningtons have not rested on their laurels.
We have actively sought to improve our service to both consumers and estate agents, and have won a number of awards in recognition of this:
September 2015 saw Cunningtons earning a Highly Commended award in the London & South East Conveyancing Firm of the Year section at the LawFirmServices (LFS) awards. The awards are aimed at rewarding the work of conveyancing firms in England and Wales.
In 2013, Cunningtons won gold for Best Small Conveyancer, and Managing partner Paul Fenton won gold for Best Conveyancer, at the prestigious Estate Agent of the Year awards sponsored by The Times and The Sunday Times.
Cunningtons Solicitors won Best Small Conveyancer, and the overall Best Conveyancer 2012 at Estate Agent of the Year awards.
Cunningtons won the Conveyancing, Mortgages & Legal Support Service award from the Property Drum magazine in 2012.
Cunningtons LLP: Our Awards
The Law Society’s Family Law Panel
Every single solicitor in our family law department is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel which means they have undergone a lengthy assessment process and been accredited as specialists in family law. To obtain the accreditation, solicitors must show that they have dealt with a wide range of family law cases and that they have experience in complicated cases as well as more straightforward day-to-day cases. We are very proud to say that our Family Law team have been recognised as experts in Family Law
Louise Paynter is a Senior Associate in our Family Law Team and she is also a Resolution Trained Mediator. To become a Resolution Mediator, Louise attended an 8 day training course which means she can now practice as a Mediator. Mediation now plays a much greater role is trying to resolve disputes in separating families. Mediators are neutral and will not take sides, so they cannot give advice to either of you. Louise is trained to help resolve disputes over all issues faced by separating couples, for example arrangements for the children as well as financial arrangements.
Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Our private client Partner Bryony Wilmshurst is a member of STEP. STEP is the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. STEP helps to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promotes education and high professional standards among its members. All STEP members are subject to an extensive Code of Professional Conduct, requiring members at all times to act with integrity and in a manner that inspires the confidence, respect and trust of clients and the wider community.
STEP members are also required to keep up to date with the latest legal, technical and regulatory developments. Full members of STEP are recognised by the STEP designation.
STEP members spend their professional lives working with families and tackling real problems. Common issues for members to advise on are: providing for a husband or wife after the death of a spouse while protecting the interests of any children; ensuring that a family business will pass safely from one generation to another; care and support for elderly or vulnerable relatives; ensuring that families with interests and family members spread across differing countries are compliant with the laws and tax rules of different jurisdictions; and helping donors support philanthropic causes in an effective way.
Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)
Our private client Partner Bryony Wilmshurst is an accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), which is an independent, national organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and legal executives who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. SFE members have experience and specialise in a wide range of legal issues affecting older and vulnerable people.
At the same time they will take into account any difficulties, whether mental and or physical to enhance decision making. Members will provide home visits where necessary. They will provide independent advice, which is in the older or vulnerable client’s best interests, respecting dignity and will understand the need for a holistic approach to problem solving. All advice is confidential. Not just any lawyer can be a member of SFE. Members must have spent a substantial amount of their time working for older and vulnerable clients and have to fulfil SFE’s own criteria for membership. They must also follow SFE’s own code of practice. This wealth of experience will hopefully put you at ease when resolving your legal issues.
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