The much published scheme which demonstrates an excellence in their field has seen the Law Society accredit the first group of law firms to its new Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS).

WIQS is the first recognised quality standard for wills and estate administration in England and Wales.

Twenty firms have so far been accredited with this number increasing as applications are processed by the Law Society, This last week saw Cumbria and London based firm Gedye & Sons announced as one.

The scheme, which opened for applications late, last October, is aimed at SRA-regulated practices that offer will drafting, probate, and estate administration services.

Accreditation will provide these firms with the opportunity to demonstrate to consumers and key stakeholders their commitment to the highest standards of client service.

Firms have undergone a rigorous assessment to gain the WIQS accreditation. They will also be required to undertake compulsory training, self-reporting, random audits, and annual reviews in order to maintain their new status.

Richard Roberts, Director of Gedye and Sons and Chair of the Law Society Wills and Equity committee said “after thirty years as a practicing solicitor in this specific field, there is finally a scheme which demonstrates to the public that firms such as mine can be classed as specialists. We strive extremely hard to provide the very highest standards of client care and advice and this is recognition of our experience and expertise”.

Law Society president Nicholas Fluck commented: “We have had an excellent response to the scheme from our members who welcome the opportunity to demonstrate their high standards of practice and commitment to client care. “WIQS is an important tool in reinforcing the importance of using a solicitor for will writing and estate management. It offers reassurance to consumers and helps law firms stand out in an increasingly crowded market.

Gedye and Sons was established in Grange in 1903 and employs twenty five staff. Despite the recent economy the firm has grown in size and turnover and has always provided a range of Estate Administration services, constantly striving to deliver the best standards of care and using the latest technology to aid its clients.

For further information or to arrange a telephone interview with Richard Roberts please contact Nick Davis, Business Relations Manager, Gedye & Sons 020 3427 5081 or email