The exceptional achievements of Wilmslow firm Jackson Barrett & Gass have been recognised by the Law Society at its annual Excellence Awards, the most prestigious awards in the legal calendar.

More than 550 leading Lawyers and their guests joined BBC Broadcaster Mishal Husain at the black tie dinner and presentation ceremony at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.

Jackson Barrett & Gass Marketing Manager, Rick Barrow, was presented with the award and in doing so; Jackson Barrett & Gass became the first Law Firm in Cheshire to win an Excellence Award, and are only the 3rd firm in the North West to do so.

Jackson Barrett & Gass were winners in the category of Marketing & Business Development. The judges were impressed by Jackson Barrett & Gass’ commitment to developing an approach to supporting house sales including a Home Information Pack of a high standard at a low price, which has succeeded in retaining old clients, attracting new ones and developing profitable relationships with local Estate agents.

The judges described the entry as “exhibiting the true art of executing a well-planned and well-researched strategy to build a service which succeeded in marking them apart from their competitors.”

Robert Heslett, Law Society President said, “The standard of entries received for the third annual excellence awards has been superb and reflects the high level of innovation that exists across the legal profession. The process of selecting the shortlist was extensive due to the vast number of entries this year.

These winners have made the promotion of best practice an integral part of their work.  These awards are part of the Law Society’s commitment to promoting excellence in legal services.”

Marketing Manager, Rick Barrow, said “We are extremely honoured to have won the award, which ranks us with some of the biggest firms in the country. We have worked extremely hard to make Home Information Packs (HIPs) a positive part of the Conveyancing process to ultimately assist our most important stakeholders, our clients.

Instead of simply following guidelines, we have added extra information such as the standard seller information forms and guarantees, but most importantly we have included a full local search from the relevant local authority, as personal searches are simply unreliable. The problem with HIPs doesn’t lie with the idea, it lies with the execution of those creating the packs.”

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