Bedell Cristin has been named International Law Firm of the Year in the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2011 and local firm Ogier were runner up.

Grant Barbour, a Partner at Bedell, received the Award from writer and television personality Gyles Brandreth at a prestigious dinner in London attended by leading lawyers, wealth managers and private client advisers.

Bedell Group Managing Partner, Richard Gerwat, said: "Winning this Award is a tribute to the consistent hard work demonstrated by staff at all levels in helping the firm extend and enhance its capabilities both locally and in key markets internationally. The Award has added significance for us because in addition to the votes of a judging panel, responses from clients were taken into account also."

He added: "I would like to thank all those clients who took the trouble to respond. It reinforces our own belief that the quality of client relationships is vital in developing business and matters more than ever."

Citywealth is an international networking and media firm based in London, which targets high net worth clients, their advisers and managers in the wealth management sector.