Westcountry legal talent is praised in industry 'Bible'
Westcountry professionals have been praised in the latest edition of Chambers UK– the legal sector's industry 'Bible'.
The South West chapter of the 2012 guide looks at sectors ranging from agriculture through to tax, ranking firms and individuals for their performance. The guide is revered because of the in depth research that is involved in its composition, with research, including thousands of telephone and face-to-face meetings with clients and other law firms, taking place over a six month period.
Although the South West chapter is inevitably dominated by larger, Bristol-based firms, Westcountry lawyers have again put up a strong showing. Bond Pearce have 40 firm rankings, a third of which are in the top tier. They have 70 lawyers ranked.
Foot Anstey have 20 firm rankings, with 30 lawyers ranked.
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Leading individuals at Foot Anstey include: Helen Wallwork; Comron Rowe; Jonathan Kitchin; Anna Roderick and Chris Thorne. The firm's specialist teams were recognised with top tier or improved rankings in areas including: corporate; employment; intellectual property, charities and clinical negligence.
Managing partner John Westwell said: "As a business we are committed to offering our clients specialist high-value advice and to bringing the best talent to the region. It is very pleasing to have this acknowledged by thorough independent research. Since the research took place we have opened a new Bristol office and have recruited 11 specialist partners from leading UK firms so we look forward to further recognition next year."
Meanwhile, Ashfords have 19 firm rankings, including four top tier firm rankings and 26 lawyers recognised. The firm saw top tier rankings in four practice areas and for eight individuals. Chief executive Ian Daniells said: "It is very reassuring to hear from the ultimate arbiters that Ashfords is regarded as a client driven practice. This has always been our objective and is borne out by the fact that these commendations come from clients and experts within the legal profession."
Michelmores have 15 firm rankings, including four top tier firm rankings, and 32 lawyers ranked. Managing partner Malcolm Dickinson said: "We are delighted to have maintained our ranking in all our major practice areas and to have gained new listings in sectors such as PFI/PPP and intellectual property."
The social housing team at Stones's Solicitors featured in the top tier rankings with its travel and insurance team also highly ranked. Chief operating officer, Adrian Richards, said: "Unlike other firms of our size, not only do we have significant specialist areas in travel and insurance and social housing, but our teams in those areas are consistently recognised as top tier teams with notable individuals."