We are delighted that seven of our departments have been ranked in The Legal 500 UK 2017:
- Agriculture and Estates – Tier 2
- Family – Tier 2
- Family: Mediation – Tier 2
- Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate – Tier 2
- Art and Cultural Property – Tier 3
- Charities and Not-for-Profit – Tier 3
- Contentious Trusts and Probate – Tier 3
The Agriculture and Estates department is ranked in Tier 2, with a team “experienced in the full gamut of issues from matters concerning tenanted farms, residential units, commercial operations and renewable energy to development land and historic rights”. Jonathan Godwin-Austen, Alexandra Sarkis and Patricia Sykes are also well regarded for their work in the areas of trusts, estates and tax law.
The Art and Cultural Property stays strong in Tier 3 with Hetty Gleave recognised as “doing high-quality work and is a real expert who really knows her stuff”. Gregor Kleinknecht is also highlighted as a “tough litigator” who is prominent in this area. The guide praises the “very knowledgeable” and “experienced” Alexandra Sarkis for being ‘excellent with clients”. Petra Warrington is also highlighted for providing ‘great support within the team’.
The Charities and Not-for-Profit department is ranked in Tier 3. The department is described as being led by the experienced Paul Almy who heads a ‘strong’ team and is praised for assisting clients “in a friendly and professional way”. Dominik Opalinski and Jamie Lester are highlighted for their “very thorough” and “creative legal minds”.
The Contentious Trusts and Probate department is ranked in Tier 3. Richard Kershaw is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ and he is highly praised for being “an impressively clear thinker who makes sound judgements based on the correct combination of legal, tactical and practical considerations.” David Draisey is also recommended.
The Family department remains steady in Tier 2. It is described as “filled with real talent” and a “heavyweight family law team”. Henry Hood stands out as a “first rate mediator” who manages clients’ expectations’ with “great tact”. Hetty Gleave is highlighted for being “immensely hard-working” and Hazel Wright is recognised for her “great insight and sharp intelligence”. Richard Kershaw’s balanced and pragmatic approach is “very thorough”. The Legal 500 foresees Jo Carr-West quickly becoming a “real force to reckoned with”. Amy Scollan “has exceptional technical ability” and Vanessa Friend, who is “very good”, have both been recommended.
The Family: mediation team maintains its position at Tier 2. Key figures include Henry Hood, “judicious in his approach and well versed in generating thoughtful solutions”, and Jo Carr-West for helpfully leading clients towards a negotiated agreement whilst having “excellent manner”. Hazel Wright‘s experience, efficiency and availability have also been noted. The three practitioners are described as “committed to the use of the out-of-court route to reach settlement” and have all been ranked as ‘Leading Individuals’.
The Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate department stays strong in Tier 2 with Alexandra Sarkis, ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’, is highlighted as a “meticulous and highly skilled private client practitioner” with “tremendous” technical expertise” and “a portfolio of first-class clients” to which she is dedicated in looking after. Jonathan Godwin-Austen, also ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’, is highly regarded and has a “good grasp of US/UK tax issues”. The guide praises Julia Richards for being a “thoughtful, conscientious and expert practitioner who exemplifies the firm’s valuable combination of a client-focused approach and professional competence”. Louise Walker‘s technical excellence, “highly knowledgeable” Lucinda Tite and “vastly experienced” Mary Elliott have all been noticed. The Legal 500 also notes Matthew Yates as “very patient”.
This has been a very successful year with all departments remaining strong in their rankings.
Read Hunters’ full The Legal 500 2017 rankings here.