The judges said Sam’s (pictured right) ‘dogged investigative style’ and ‘willingness to roll her sleeves up’ won her the award. Her entries included investigations into lender treatment of mortgage prisoners and network fees for second charge loans and her work on Stamp Duty and the treatment of first-time buyers.
Hannah (pictured left), winner of last year’s financial trade newcomer award, was also praised for investigative determination.
The award for financial consumer journalist of the year went to Andrew Ellson, consumer affairs correspondent, The Times, with the runner-up slot awarded to Claer Barrett, personal finance editor, Financial Times.
The event was hosted by Mark Foster, the former Olympian and Commonwealth-winning swimmer, held at Banking Hall, Cornhill in London, marking the 30-year anniversary of the awards.