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Outstanding independent praise for our services

06 November 2014

We were so please to be recognised by Chamber and Partners, in 11 different specialist areas.

The Chambers Guides have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990, and give a solid, independent view of the legal marketplace.

Read some of the great comments about our services and lawyers here.

Corporate

"Good sector knowledge, and what differentiates them is the commercial approach in generating ideas."

"Delivery, quality of work and they do what they say they are going to do."

Mark Lucas "He is very pragmatic and understands what the end user wants to get out of it. He is able to give you his view of what needs to be done," says a source.

Philip Stephenson Is lauded for his "commercial approach and nice leadership style." A client adds: "He's an honest, candid guy that delivers it straight and adds that commercial aspect as well."

Employment

"I trust all the firm's advice and value its feedback - it's very good and you know where you stand."

"The overall job was excellent; it exceeded my expectations. The responsiveness and commerciality of the advice was great, and turnaround times were very good."

David Ludlow is particularly noted for his capabilities in employee competition litigation and shareholder and boardroom disputes. He "is extremely thorough and prepares his case material with meticulous care and attention to detail."

Michael-Jon Andrews' clients "really feel he's on our side," with one saying: "He's honest and understands how I work – very good all round."

Clients say Joanna Lada-Walicki is "very able - she knows her stuff, doesn't mess about and cuts straight to it."

Real Estate

"Really fantastic - we've got a great working relationship with the lawyers. They're very reactive in terms of timescales and attuned to our needs."

Information Technology

"They are sensitive to the fact that we work in a competitive industry - they've come to understand the business."

"We've always felt that we have received good and appropriate advice and legal help."

Education

"They have been extremely helpful, attentive and knowledgeable, and have been at pains to provide workable solutions to our issues."

"They provided an enormous amount of support, which was both detailed and timely."

Clients consider Joanna Lada-Walicki to be "super-bright and always on the ball." One admiring source observes that "she knows exactly what we want to achieve as a school and she lays the options out well."

Family

"The work is done in a focused and cost-conscious fashion. They are competent, able and keep their clients well informed."

"They are excellent and very sympathetic. They really lay it out on the table and don't avoid the issues."

Judith Ball - She is held in high regard by sources, who note that "she's committed to the case, has a good ability with clients, provides sound advice and is good at knowing when to fight her battles."

Newly made Partner Joanna Farrands (formerly Kemp) has attracted much praise for her impressive family law practice and has been described as "very personable - you feel that she's listening and is genuinely concerned, that it's not just another case."

Private Client

"I have great confidence in their relationship management. They're very empathetic with clients, backed by a knowledge base. They have technical skill and the soft skills as well."

"They are very good and their fees were reasonable."

Peers describe Tim Adams as a "rock of the local community." His practice covers a variety of private client work, including wills and inheritance tax planning.

Clinical Negligence

"It is a high-street firm with quite some presence. The office does have the resources up against other firms on a local level."

"Highly regarded and well known."

Department head Helen Goatley is well reputed for handling high-value clinical negligence claims alongside her work in personal injury. Sources state: "She knows how things will pan out and is good at seeing the glitches along the way."

Litigation

"An efficient, well-managed firm, well placed to meet the challenges of the modern legal landscape."

"It is a good, solid firm with some exceptionally talented solicitors in certain key areas, especially dispute resolution."

"They knew what they were doing. Helpful, efficient, bang on time - they never drag their heels. I'm absolutely delighted with their work."

David Foster heads the department and is noted for his "unusual combination of commerciality and sensitivity." He is described as being "a calm, confident, thoughtful litigator with a deep pastoral concern for his clients, who never loses sight of the big picture."