Huge congratulations have been in order this month as three members of Dutton Gregory’s Residential Property team have been shortlisted in categories at this year’s British Conveyancing Awards.
Proving excellence in every area of our busy property team, the judging panel, tasked with finding individuals, teams and companies who have gone above and beyond to support buyers and sellers in moving home during arguably the most challenging year the conveyancing industry has ever seen, have put our Head of Department, one of our team of solicitors and a member of our invaluable support team in the running at this year’s awards:
- Paul Sams has been nominated for ‘Outstanding Business Leader’
In a career spanning over two decades, of which over 15 years have been in leadership positions, the past 12 months have been Paul Sams’ most challenging, demanding and rewarding to date.
As Head of Property at Dutton Gregory Solicitors, Paul has guided and coordinated his 32-strong team in working from home with new technology and processes, managed anxious clients asking for updates on a daily bases, taken responsibility for the team’s business development and ensured morale, productivity and client service have been maintained throughout. The result has been a year of record success.
In addition, Paul accepted invitations to write two books for the Conveyancing profession, maintained his popular presence on LinkedIn, was sought after for interview on issues such as on Stamp Duty relief and established a popular podcast with industry figures, making him a leader in the profession as well as his firm.
- Rebecca East has been nominated for ‘Young Practitioner for the Year’
In the past 12 months, solicitor Rebecca has not only been a guide, confidant and ally to clients and colleagues alike, but also proactively led the Conveyancing Team at Dutton Gregory Solicitors into new ways of working, embracing technology and coping with the demands of the past year.
Rebecca has been cool, calm and collected under tremendous and varied pressures, an inspiring pioneer of efficient and effective client service and achieved an impressive personal billing record, all making a major contribution to a phenomenal year for Dutton Gregory’s conveyancing department, which far exceeded expectation.
If all this weren’t enough, at the age of just 27 years old, she became a published author for the conveyancing profession, co-writing ‘A Practical Guide to New Build Conveyancing’ with Paul and receiving rave reviews for her take on the present and future of the conveyancing profession.
- Amy Briscoe has been nominated for ‘Risen to the Challenge’ Legal Secretary
“My assistant, Amy Briscoe, is more akin to a miracle worker at times for me, she is beyond amazing”, said Paul in a published interview with Today’s Conveyancer on February 1st 2021.
In March 2020, after decisions were made regarding placing members of staff on the government’s Furlough Scheme, Amy took on the responsibility for supporting three fee earners within the firm’s Conveyancing Team, in addition to her work for its Head of Department.
At the age of just 20 years old, she went on to display a maturity, capability and calm resolve that made a vital contribution towards the team surpassing all expectations in the past year, and has proven her knowledge, mind and skillset to establish what is destined to be a hugely successful career in property.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony held virtually on 25th May and we wish Paul, Rebecca and Amy the very best of luck.