Chambers of the Year Winner – STEP Awards 2017/18

We are delighted to announce that we were named as Chambers of the Year at the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) Private Client Awards 2017/18 on 6 September 2017.

We are also very pleased to announce that Penelope Reed QC has been nominated as Chancery Silk of the Year in the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017, which will be held on 26 October.

5 Stone Buildings has won the Chambers of the Year Award category at the STEP Private Client Awards, which took place last night in London.

Held by STEP, the worldwide professional association for those advising families across generations, the Awards are highly regarded as a celebration of excellence across the private client world. All entries go through a rigorous, practitioner-led judging process to select the best in the industry.

The Chambers of the Year Award category had a strong set of finalists, with 5 Stone Buildings beating Radcliffe Chambers, St. John’s Chambers, Ten Old Square and Wilberforce Chambers to the prize.

The Judges said: ‘5 Stone Buildings was top-quality in every area, with a good selection of highly significant cases, a strong commitment to supporting the careers of its staff and excellent engagement with the wider profession.’

Chair of the Presiding Judges John Barnett TEP, who opened the ceremony, said: ‘We were spoiled for choice, with an excellent range of entries in all categories. The Awards clearly demonstrate the great diversity and very high quality of work that STEP members do for their clients’.

Over 700 private-client professionals and guests gathered for the Awards at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, which was hosted by actor, writer and comedian Miles Jupp.

The event supported the charity Operation Smile for the first time. Donations from entrants raised GBP64,788.29 for the charity, which provides free surgery for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

The evening was sponsored by Bermuda Business Development Agency, Butterfield Trust, Capital Generation Partners, Close Brothers Asset Management, Crestbridge, Ed, Intertrust, JTC, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Maitland, RBC Wealth Management, Saffery Champness Registered Fiduciaries, Smith & Williamson Investment Management, Tilney for Professionals, and Virtus Trust, an Equiom Company.

View the full list of finalists and winners, plus photos of the event at Videos of the Awards, including interviews with the winners, will be posted shortly.