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HCR Law Events

22 November 2021

Recognised expertise provided for clients across the board

Our teams in Cheltenham have attracted praise and recognition from clients and peers for their expertise and client service in two leading directories of UK law firms – the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Dealing with often sensitive areas of law including divorce, separation and the care of children, the family team in Cheltenham are described as offering “top quality services to a variety of clients” and were called “one of the top go-to firms in the South West for family finance work.” They “regularly act for private clients on family financial and children matters”  and are “able to advise on complex matters with disputed pensions and tax issues.”

Our employment team, led by Rachel Roberts, have been called “supportive beyond their legal expertise”, who are happy to set up “topical learning sessions which also allow for local networking among professionals”. They are described as having a “strong focus on commercial, care and manufacturing clients” and have been providing “a significant amount of advice related to redundancies and furlough” during the pandemic.

The dispute resolution team are “responsive, offer a range of retainers for litigation clients and “get good settlements quickly”. Team head Adam Finch “uses everything at his disposal to achieve the best possible results for clients as early as possible.” They are also noted for having experience in business protection disputes.

Mark Carter’s real estate team “always hit the bullseye”, said one client. The team is “noted for the strength of its representation in matters concerning both residential and commercial properties” and the team are “knowledgeable, efficient and results driven” and are balanced, thorough and effective. One client said: “they feel like a natural extension of our business, a critical friend always at the end of the phone to calmly help us with whatever may have cropped up.”

The “proactive and thoughtful” corporate team, led by Tim Ward, are marked out as being “very good at managing relationships, negotiating effectively and getting deals done.” As one client notes, the team have “broad experience and are always professional and prepared to go the extra mile.” Another comments: “they are responsive, very knowledgeable, easy to work with and good value for money.”

The education team, led by Kristine Scott, have been noted as being “experts in the field” who have been “active in Covid-19 emergency response work”. The team is“ dynamic” and “adept at handling data protection issues…in addition to contentious matters such as disability discrimination and unfair dismissal claims.” One client noted: “They are experts in education and are proactive in ensuring they are ahead of the curve when advising clients.” Another said: “HCR is deeply experienced in advising schools.”

Alex Taylor’s wills, trusts and probate team provide “first rate” estate planning according to one client. Another said they have “absolute faith in the team, trust them implicitly and know that they will examine every angle, nook and cranny to make sure the advice is appropriate for our situation.”

In the world of insolvency and corporate recovery, Robin Koolhoven’s “highly respected” team have been highly praised. They “go the extra mile, have in-depth knowledge of their subject area and are personal in their approach”, said one client. They’re regarded as “a very strong team in the south west and one of the few that can support on both personal and corporate insolvency cases”.  Another client commented: “The group are timely in terms of delivery, thorough and offer effective solutions.”

Krissy Scott, head of the Cheltenham office, said: “I am delighted to see our expertise and skills acknowledged across our Cheltenham office as part of the recent legal directory rankings.

“This is testament to the depth and strength of our teams and the way in which we have continued to support our clients through the past 18 months. I would like to thank our clients for their ongoing support which makes this possible.”

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Kristine Scott, Head of Education and Charities Sector, and Cheltenham Office

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