Judging awards ceremonies can often be a thankless task. But without the support of the people who spend hours toiling away reviewing the submissions, the awards simply would not happen.
On behalf of Today’s Conveyancer and Headline Sponsor Dye & Durham, we are incredibly grateful to all our judging panel who we are showcasing through this short series of articles in the run up to The British Conveyancing Awards 2022.
If the 2021 ceremony was about recognising all those in the industry who have helped people move home during the most challenging year the conveyancing industry has perhaps ever seen, the focus for the 2022 ceremony is on where the industry is going.
Against a backdrop of a flatter market, increasing on and offline fraud risks, PII, the balance of flexible working and continued digitisation practitioners face new and evolving challenges.
So how do we set about judging an industry which is now looking ahead to what 2022 and beyond brings? It was a question we put to Mandy Brown as they prepare to assess the submissions.
First of all, tell us who you are and what you do.
My name is Mandy Brown and I’m proud to be the Managing Director of Award-Winning LawSure Insurance, the UK’s leading independent specialist broker for title and legal indemnity insurances.
Why did you choose to support The British Conveyancing Awards (again) in 2022?
Probably because I was asked! Seriously though, we have supported the Awards previously, and last year we were delighted to be shortlisted. It’s great that the conveyancing industry, both law firms and suppliers to the legal industry can get together and be recognised in this way.
What do you think the biggest challenges and opportunities are for conveyancers in 2022 and beyond?
Without mentioning the obvious recent challenges that are set to continue for a while, LawSure has been providing free CPD monthly legal briefings for conveyancers for the past couple of years and it never ceases to amaze me the constant number of new legal updates there continue to be for conveyancers, particularly around building regulations. Hopefully we’re helping them keep up to date. Regarding opportunities, well, if I could predict that, I would be very rich!
In your day to day role, what have you seen from law firms that has stood out for you in terms of innovation or adaptation in the “new normal?”
Well the conveyancing practitioners we deal with regularly have all adapted to working from home at a moment’s notice. Although we have noticed that the working day is getting longer, with many of our clients sending emails until midnight and beyond. That can’t be a good thing long term.
Why do you think firms should enter the British Conveyancing Awards?
Who doesn’t want to win an industry award? The trophies are pretty cool too.
Which of this years categories stand out for you and why?
There are some great categories this year. For me, there are two that I’ll be keeping a close eye on. Firstly, the “One to Watch”, I find awards for individuals are so inspiring to others, and the winners become such great role models. Secondly, the “Conveyancing Collaboration” award. As a supplier to the industry, it’s great and really satisfying to work strategically with our clients, and the results for both sides are always better.
What are you looking for in the submissions and what differentiates a winning entry from the rest?
For me it’s the story. If there is a strong, well-written narrative, supported by clear evidence, which addresses all the criteria – you can’t go far wrong.
Thank you to Mandy for their support for The British Conveyancing Awards 2022.
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