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Farnfields Solicitors wins Property Team of the Year Award and Contribution to the Community Award in the Dorset Legal Awards
Farnfields Solicitors won two awards in the prestigious Dorset Legal Awards. The firm won Property Team of the Year and Contribution to the Community. The winners were announced at a black tie event at the Bournemouth International Centre on Friday 1st March 2019.
The firm was shortlisted as finalists in four categories; Family Team, Law Firm of the Year (up to 99 employees), Property Team and Contribution to the Community.
The Dorset Legal Awards were launched in May 2017, Over 165 nominations were made across 17 law firms, which were then individually scored by the judging panel and a final shortlist of 41 finalists made.
Fiona Thomas, Managing Partner said, “We are absolutely delighted to have won the Contribution to the Community Award and Property Team of the Year Award. It is testament to the hard work of all of our staff to deliver a fantastic service to our clients and to make a difference to the communities in which we work.”
Farnfields won the Contribution to the Community Award based on their fundraising efforts to raise money to provide defibrillators in the areas where the firm has offices.
The finalists were judged in person by an independent panel of notable legal and business professionals including John Knowles, former Chairman of DEK; Ian Scott, retired senior corporate solicitor; barrister Vanessa Meachin QC and Darren Slade, Business and Technology Editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo. A new judging element for 2019 was introduced which saw the finalists being scored anonymously by a “mystery shopper” on their customer service levels.
QuoStar’s CEO, Robert Rutherford, comments:
“Many people believe that sequels never can top the original, but this year’s instalment of the DLA completely debunked that theory. The competition was fiercer than ever and succeeding in showcasing the amazing work that these individuals and firms have done throughout the year. Adding the mystery shopper feature to the final scores was an important element to make sure the firm’s engagement with clients was fairly taken into account. For those who have won, we wish them a huge congratulations for their contribution to the sector. We hope to see everyone again this time next year!”
ASH Elite’s Managing Director, Sofie Scott, comments:
“From the first entry to the last face-to-face interview, the panel of judges have been blown away by the quality, knowledge and skills of the Dorset legal community. Across all categories, it has been incredibly difficult to select just one as the winner, and never before have we seen such close calls as we did this year. It is an honour and a privilege to work alongside the legal professionals in this county.”
For more information please visit the Dorset Legal Awards website.