Following several accolades in the recent ‘Legal 500’ legal listings, leading Worcester solicitors’ firm, Harrison Clark Rickerbys, has achieved a number of top standings in this year’s ‘Chambers UK Guide’ ranking of the major law firms in the United Kingdom.
In the Chambers UK Guide, produced annually by Chambers & Partners at the end of October, Harrison Clark Rickerbys was ranked in the top tier of Band 1 for Family Law, Licensing, Litigation, Private Client and Corporate for Hereford, Worcester and the surrounding areas; contributing towards a total of ten Band 1 rankings across the firm’s offices. In addition, ten of the firm’s lawyers were ranked as Band 1 in their respective practice areas, including senior partner Jonathan Brew, who is the only Band 1 family lawyer in the West Midlands outside of central Birmingham.
The Chambers Guide descriptions regarding Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Family law team includes, ‘Undoubtedly one of the market leaders in the West Midlands.’ Individual accolades also include:
- Jonathan Brew, who is lauded as ‘a market leader’, praised for his unfailing diplomacy with clients;
- Kevin Harris-James, who has a distinguished reputation for representing high-profile clients, with a particular niche acting for Premier League footballers and their families. He is commended for his pragmatism and individual service.
Similarly, Elizabeth Beatty, who heads up the Commercial Litigation team in Worcester, is praised for her ‘approachable, friendly and honest’ attitude and noted for the ‘excellent service’ she provides.
Dawn Oliver – who spearheads the Private Client team at the firm – and her department are commended as ‘a heavyweight private client team which always puts its clients’ needs first.’
Heath Thomas – who leads the Licensing team – is noted for his advocacy skills and is commended for being ‘very thorough and articulate’ when cross examining.
Referred to by clients looking to find the most appropriate legal representation for their business across the UK, the annual Chamber UK Guides have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990.
Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.
Rod Thomas, Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ managing partner and head of the Worcester office said: “The recognition from Chambers & Partners across a number of practice areas is a firm endorsement of our City-quality legal expertise not only in Worcester but nationwide. We are delighted that this year’s Guide has recognised those qualities most valued by clients in a number of different practice areas.”
Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ strong rankings in The Chambers Guide come hot on the heels of its success in The Legal 500 listing of the major law firms in England and Wales, which were published on 1st October. In The Legal 500, it was recommended as a top-tier West Midlands law firm in four practice areas: corporate and commercial; crime, fraud and licensing (licensing); dispute resolution (commercial litigation); and private client (family). Across the firm, recommendations were also gained in 20 further practice areas, and for 40 of its individual lawyers.
Harrison Clark Rickerbys has offices in Worcester, Cheltenham, Hereford, Ross-on-Wye and Thames Valley, providing a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients, regionally and nationwide. The firm also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual market sectors, including health and social care, education, agriculture and rural affairs, hospitality, leisure and sport, defence, security and the forces, legal services involving children and construction and engineering.
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