The team at a successful Surrey solicitors is celebrating a triple boost.

Esher-based Audley Chaucer plans to head to bigger offices in the town later this summer, creating six new jobs to add to a 12-strong workforce.

The move from the current home at Bewley House, Park Road, follows being named best full-service law firm in South East England at the 2021 SME News Legal Awards.

To complete the treble, Audley Chaucer was the highest donating firm new to Will Aid in 2020 and fifth on the overall UK list after raising £13,490.

Senior partner John Szepietowski, pictured left, said: “We’re expanding. Throughout lockdown we continued to provide legal services to our clients.

“Our new offices will allow us to accommodate more staff and enable us to provide better meeting facilities.”

On the award, business publication SME News said: “Our judging panel and research team take into consideration the commitment, excellence and determination shown within this competitive market and have determined that Audley Chaucer provide an exemplary legal service which is deserving of our recognition.”

Mr Szepietowski continued: “We are very proud to have achieved this tremendous award and will continue to provide our clients with the high level of service they have come to expect. None of this would have been possible without the outstanding team of staff at Audley Chaucer.”

On the fundraising, the charity will-writing scheme supports the British Red Cross, ActionAid, Age UK, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF), Sightsavers and Trócaire.

Solicitors agree to waive their usual fee for writing basic wills during Make A Will Month in November.

The firm’s campaign leader Joseph Beams said: “We have been really impressed by the support, commitment and hard work from all members of the Will Aid team.

“It is often overlooked but having a will in place is vitally important and it ensures you have the discretion to decide who will benefit from your estate when you pass away.

“We are delighted with the amount of money we have raised over the course of November in support of the various nine charities and we are excited to work with Will Aid in the years ahead.”

The Surrey firm has started the Audley Chaucer Pro Bono Initiative which offers a range of services for low or no fees and aims to fill the gap caused by cuts to Legal Aid.

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