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Finalists: Bird & Bird; CMS (highly commended); Womble Bond Dickinson.

Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and PR firm Stand Agency emerged on top in the PR, communications and brand awareness category, following their efforts to pressure the government into scrapping a proposal to increase probate fees, which were widely viewed as an unfair stealth tax.

The suggested change, buried in the small print of the 2017 Spring Budget, would have seen as much as a 9,200% rise in fees for some estates, with SFE subsequently mounting a campaign to argue that the government had not considered the impact of the proposals on the public.

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