Harrison Clark Rickerbys Cheltenham tops legal rankings

The Cheltenham office of leading law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys ranks with the best in the country, with just-published premier legal directory the Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2018 awarding its legal teams and individual lawyers 11 prestigious Band 1-4 rankings.

Across the firm’s seven offices nationwide, 17 lawyers and 16 of the firm’s regional teams were ranked as Band 1-4 by the Chambers Guide – totalling 33 recommendations across nine legal practice areas.

Amongst the accolades, Cheltenham’s family law team gained amongst the highest Chambers Guide rankings possible, with an outstanding Band 2 rating and warm praise for its “experienced team” and ability to advise on complex matters. Partner Carolyn Green also received a top Band 1 individual recommendation, singled out for her “enormous depth of experience”.

There was additional praise for the firm’s private client department in the separate Chambers High Net Worth Rankings 2017 issued in September. The Cheltenham team gained Band 2 in private wealth law, with Chambers citing “very wide and detailed technical knowledge, the ability to communicate it in easy to understand language and a very caring and personable approach”. Partner Mark Hartley, described as “exceptionally well thought of”, was ranked as Band 1. Partner and head of probate Alex Taylor was also ranked highly.

The firm’s corporate, banking and insolvency expertise in Cheltenham was singled out for outstanding ratings. As well as a Band 3 ranking for the Cheltenham corporate team in the lower-mid-market category, the Cheltenham banking and finance team achieved Band 3 in its category. Partner Richard Knight, described as “held in high regard by his clients”, gained an individual Band 2 ranking. In addition in restructuring and insolvency Jonathan Whitbread was recommended as Band 3.

Nationally, the firm’s Cheltenham teams had success in the education sector, being ranked at Band 3 against national competition. Head of education Kristine Scott was also personally ranked Band 3, applauded for her “strong reputation” and “expertise in a variety of pupil and parent issues”.

Cheltenham property team won a Band 4 ranking in the real estate category, as did partner and head of property finance Mark Carter, and partner and head of commercial property Mark Fabian.

Another Cheltenham-based Harrison Clark Rickerbys lawyer to be highlighted was litigation senior associate Steven Murray, named as an ‘associate to watch’.

Rich Wilkey, Partner and Head of Cheltenham office

Richard Wilkey, partner and head of Cheltenham office, said: “I am delighted that our Cheltenham lawyers have achieved such exceptional rankings in this year’s Chambers’ guide, including both regional and national recognition. They demonstrate how, across the firm, our focus is always on our clients, and the quality of service we offer them. Chambers and Partners confirms what The Legal 500 guide made so clear recently – that the quality of our lawyers is outstanding and that we give our clients service which rivals the best in the country, on their doorsteps.”

Referred to by clients looking to find the best legal representation for their business across the UK, the annual Chambers UK Guides have been ranking the top 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.

The firm’s strong showing comes hot on the heels of its success in The Legal 500 listing of the major law firms in England and Wales, published in October, where it was recommended as a top-tier West Midlands law firm in seven practice areas across the West Midlands; six of its lawyers were identified as leaders in their field and 61 of its lawyers were recommended individually for their skills in 17 different specialisms.