1 July 2019 South East law firm Coffin Mew shortlisted for two prestigious industry awards

Sep 10, 2019

The Lawyer and also Partners in Costs Magazine have named leading South East law firm Coffin Mew finalists in their respective annual awards


Miles Brown, CEO of Coffin Mew, said: “We are building something different at Coffin Mew, focused on delivering the very best service and experience for clients and our people. It’s a very deliberate strategy, and one we believe in wholeheartedly. It’s exciting when publications such as The Lawyer and Partners in Costs also recognise the value of what we are delivering in terms of making a difference for our clients and creating a diverse, motivated and top-performing team.”

Law firm of the year

The Lawyer has named Coffin Mew, which is headquartered in Portsmouth as a finalist for Regional Law Firm of the Year in their annual awards.

Coffin Mew merged with a large Thames Valley firm in 2017, positioning Coffin Mew amongst the South East’s largest law firms. 

Judges at The Lawyer awards were impressed with the firm’s standout performance since then, building on the success of the merger and creating something different for clients and employees. 

Under the leadership of CEO Miles Brown, the 240-employee firm launched its new vision last year – best people and innovation, to deliver great results for every client – supported by a new client strategy, new employee proposition and a refreshed sector strategy. Revenues increased by more than 30% and the firm was identified as a ‘star performer’ for growth by The Lawyer (UK 200 list 2018).

Annabelle Vaughan

Also shortlisted for an award is Annabelle Vaughan, head of the Court of Protection and Wills, Trusts & Probate teams. She has been announced as a finalist for the Court of Protection Deputy award at the Partners in Costs Magazine Awards 2019. Annabelle acts as a professional Deputy, Trustee and Attorney for many clients of all ages and backgrounds; working diligently to help safeguard their financial security and wellbeing, whilst also supporting and promoting their independence

The awards celebrate the best in professional talent, drawing recognition to those who are leading the way in their profession. Annabelle’s commitment to those we assist, and to the wider sector concerned with protecting the interests of some of the most vulnerable in our society, formed the basis for her nomination.

The judging panel, which included Richard Roberts QC, Professor Dominic Regan and Denzil Lush (former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection), were particularly impressed with Annabelle’s commitment to ensuring that those we are assisting, who we often encounter at a very difficult time in their lives, receive a personalised service that best meets their particular needs; making what can be a difficult process as straightforward as possible. The judges also noted her approach to promoting self-autonomy and supported decision-making (with decisions being made with those for who she is appointed, rather than being imposed upon them) so far as possible, and at times where the person’s wishes and feelings cannot be followed, explaining to them in an empathetic manner the reasons why