Jersey lawyer Zillah Howard has been awarded ‘Best in Offshore’ at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards organised by the Euromoney Legal Media Group.

Zillah, a partner at Bedell Cristin with almost 25 years’ experience in the offshore finance industry, is a specialist lawyer with Bedell Cristin’s International Private Client group which sits in the top tier of both the Chamber and Legal 500 Directories. Her focus is on trust law and foundations, international and estate planning and philanthropy and in the Chambers Directory she is described as ‘being relied upon to provide incredibly well thought-out advice.’

A member of the Jersey working parties which help to shape legislation on trust and foundation laws, Zillah is also a regular conference speaker on wealth management structures and philanthropy and she has recently contributed the chapter on Jersey in the forthcoming Oxford University Press publication on foundations. She devotes time to building strong and lasting relationships with clients, a key feature of Bedell’s service ethos, and is committed to increasing awareness of the possibilities philanthropy can offer among her clients. In an earlier accolade this year she was included in the ‘Honours List’ in the Citywealth Leading Lawyers list for 2012.

Before joining Bedell Cristin in 1987 and qualifying as a Jersey Advocate, Zillah gained a first in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, was articled at Slaughter and May and then admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

She was recently presented with her award at a prestigious dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London where she joined more than 200 leading lawyers from many of the major law firms in London and across Europe. Zillah is the only offshore lawyer from the Channel Islands to be recognised.

Now in its second year, the Europe Women in Business Law Awards are given to both law firms and individuals. Individual winners are judged on their professional accomplishments over the last 12 months and advocacy and influence in their professional field.

Managing Partner, Richard Gerwat, added:

‘Zillah has an excellent reputation for providing practical and commercial advice of the highest quality and she is respected amongst her colleagues and clients for her technical excellence in her areas of specialisation. Everyone at the firm is delighted that she should have been recognized alongside so many other leading female lawyers from the City and abroad.’