Richard Frimston, partner and head of the private client group at Russell-Cooke, has been presented with the Geoffrey Shindler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession at the 2014/15 STEP Private Client Awards held at the Hilton Park Lane on 17 September.

The premier international awards for the private wealth sector recognised Richard for his ceaseless work on behalf of his fellow members, achieving significant changes in the UK's proposed introduction public registers of beneficial owners.

Chair of the Presiding Judges Paul Stibbard TEP said: 'The introduction of public register of beneficial owners is one of the key issues in the private wealth sector and Richard has given large amounts of time to help the whole industry in his roles as both Co-Chair of STEP's Public Policy Committee and Chair of STEP's EU Committee.'

'Richard has been closely involved in the on-going debate in Brussels and the UK working to prevent imposition on the public's privacy, preserving their right to keep their financial affairs confidential and for that he is to be commended.'

Richard said "I was extremely touched to receive this award, but even more touched by the deluge of good wishes and congratulations from so many great friends and colleagues with whom I have worked over the years."

Seven hundred private-client professionals attended the Awards Ceremony which was hosted by Hugh Dennis of Mock of the Week and Fast and Loose fame. The event supported the International Senior Lawyers Project for the first time, raising in excess of £83,868 for the charity, which offers pro bono assistance by highly experienced lawyers to support the efforts of under-resourced governments, non-governmental organisations and advocates in developing countries to advance fundamental rights, lift their nations out of poverty and establish the rule of law.

Visit the STEP website for the full list of winners