Shortlist hat-trick in Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2016

29 September, 2016
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish

shortlisteld-logo-pngCripps has been shortlisted for three awards at the 2016 Citywealth Future Leaders Awards. The awards recognise emerging future leaders in the wealth management sector.

The firm is in the running for Initiative of the Year for its ‘Get Cripps to Rio’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme where staff were challenged to walk, run, row and cycle a combined distance of 5,767 miles – the equivalent distance from Tunbridge Wells to Rio de Janeiro – over a period of four weeks to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Paul McMahon, the Senior Regional Corporate Executive at the Alzheimer’s Society, who took part in several events commented: “It’s great to see such an unusual initiative being undertaken by one of our corporate partners. The events stirred up a lot of local interest and raised the Society’s profile as well as crucial funds which helps us to provide vital care and support for people living with dementia in the Tunbridge Wells area.”

Two of Cripps’ family lawyers, Claire Tollefson and Katy-Louise Allen have also been shortlisted in recognition of their in-depth knowledge of their field, contribution to the profession, client service initiatives, leadership and vision.

Claire specialises in dealing with the financial consequences of relationship breakdown and children disputes. She has put forward a number of time and cost saving proposals including streamlining the Cripps’ divorce process and offering clients a fixed fee option for undefended divorce. She has advised Relate on its online dispute resolution platform, which is due to be launched shortly and is also a member of Resolution.

Katy-Louise focuses on wealth and asset protection for high net worth individuals by way of nuptial and cohabitation agreements. She spearheaded a number of initiatives to support new business opportunities and client relationships and last year founded Evolve, a local women’s networking group. She is a qualified collaborative lawyer and will soon become a mediator.

Alex Davies, head of family law at Cripps, said: “Claire and Katy-Louise are both dedicated members of the team and have handled an impressive caseload of complex divorce and children dispute cases. Client feedback has been exceptionally positive, noting the quality of their advice, responsiveness and how personable and approachable they are. They are a great asset to clients, the team and the firm.”

An expert judging panel considered the submissions before selecting the shortlist. Clients and peers are now able to vote and the public vote counts for 10% of the result. To have your say – go to

Cripps’ Tunbridge Wells offices will shortly move into new, purpose built premises, the largest office building to have been built in the town for more than 25 years. With over 350 staff it is one of the town’s largest employers.