LONDON (October 25, 2013) – International law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP received top honors at STEP’s (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) eighth annual Private Client Awards 2013/2014 during an event held at the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel, being chosen by a distinguished panel of judges for the prestigious “North American Team of the Year” award. The STEP Private Client Awards, which this year drew over 670 luminaries from the private client world, highlight excellence among private client attorneys, solicitors, accountants, barristers, bankers, trust managers and financial advisors.
“We felt McDermott Will & Emery had differentiated itself from other legal teams in the trusts and estates space by the focus, concentration and critical mass it had successfully deployed and built, making itself a leader and centre of excellence in all respects,” wrote the judges.
The duty of the judges has been to select those with the highest levels of achievement. The process was intended to go beyond mere technical skills and to probe quality in a more holistic manner.
“This praiseworthy recognition is further indication that McDermott’s name is being appreciated in the United Kingdom as being one of the lead players in the United States and a fantastic firm doing private client work,” said Martyn Gowar, Head of the London International Private Client team who accepted the award on behalf of the Firm.
“With more than 65 dedicated private client lawyers who are among the most respected practitioners in the U.S., we are incredibly honored and thrilled to receive this award from STEP,” said Carol Harrington, head of the Firm’s Private Client Practice Group.
“Our breadth and depth permits us to develop a technical sophistication to an extent not possible in the smaller departments typical of other law firms,” Ms. Harrington added. “While many large firms ignore estate planning work, fearing that it is not profitable, we have made the practice worthwhile. In sharp contrast to many other firms, the McDermott private client group has an important independent client base, rather than functioning as a purely service group.”
As part of the decision process, the Awards judges assess entries and shortlist up to five nominees per category. They are supported by a Panel of Experts selected by the judges and represent internationally renowned lawyers, accountants, barristers and trust companies.
STEP is the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. With 18,500 members across 80 jurisdictions, the Society helps to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promotes education and high professional standards among its members. For more information, visit www.step.org.
About McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Further extending our reach to Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.