We are pleased to report that in the 2016 edition of Chambers and Partners Hunters incorporating May, May and Merrimans has continued to give a strong performance in a range of departments.
Six departments are highlighted: Private Client, Family, Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Art and Cultural Property Law, Charities, and Contentious Trusts, and ten practitioners are specifically recommended.
Private Client is well-regarded in Band 4 as having an established reputation for handling high net worth families. Clients commented that “They are technically very good – they know what they are doing. They are really nice to work with. They put the client first” and “They are a well-established, good, solid private client firm.”
The “absolutely outstanding” Joe Richardson, ranked in Band 3, has “huge knowledge and huge attention to detail,” according to market commentators. Wilfrid Vernor-Miles is highlighted as Up and Coming for his wide-ranging private client practice. Both Joe and Wilfrid are also featured in the Global edition of Chambers for their work.
The Family Department has moved up to feature in Band 3 for their impressive mediation and collaborative law expertise. The department is highly praised for being “strong, well organised and good value for money” and clients “would highly recommend them for impartial advice and a bespoke and professional service.” Henry Hood, ranked in Band 3, is “empathetic, pragmatic, straightforward and gently persuasive” according to clients. Clients also say that Hetty Gleave, ranked Band 4, “has a fair approach and is a hard-working and dedicated solicitor who provided a quick turnaround and out-of-hours support.” She is respected in the field for her willingness to reach a sensible and collaborative outcome.
In Art and Cultural Property Law, “exceptionally meticulous” Hetty Gleave is ranked Band 3 and is “very knowledgeable, personable and calm,” according to sources. Gregor Kleinknecht is also ranked Band 3, “is very involved and is one of the few I would think of as being an art market specialist”, according to one commentator.
Our Agricultural and Rural Affairs team are commended in Band 4 for their work, particularly highlighting Jonathan Godwin-Austen in Band 4. Patricia Sykes is noted for her expertise, and is placed in Band 2 in Northampton and surrounds. The department is praised for having “tremendous and detailed knowledge of estates.” Sources mention Jonathan Godwin-Austen’s “brilliant technical knowledge” as a particular strength.
The Charity Department is acclaimed, appearing in Band 5, for their high quality work with a diverse range of clients. Paul Almy is positioned in Band 4 and noted by his peers a seasoned charities lawyer with expertise in joint ventures, the distribution of monetary grants and real estate matters. Sources say that this department “are really client-focused, and take the time to understand clients.”
Our Contentious Trusts Department continued their strong position in Band 4. They are described as a specialist private client team handling significant High Court trusts litigation and are particularly strong on cases involving assets held offshore, and are praised for “good client communication.” Richard Kershaw is regarded in Band 4 as a family law specialist regularly handling complex trust cases arising out of relationship breakdowns. He advises on offshore trusts issues and enjoys a healthy reputation in this space.
Find the firm’s full profile on the Chambers & Partners website here.