Harrison Clark Rickerbys Worcester tops legal rankings
Worcester law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys ranks with the best in the country, with just-published premier legal directory the Chambers and Partners UK Guide awarding its legal teams and individual lawyers 12 prestigious Band 1-4 rankings. Four of the ratings were at the very highest, Band 1 level.
The firm’s family law team in Worcester gained the highest rankings possible, with an outstanding Band 1 rating, and was warmly praised for its “high quality services” and “extensive expertise”. Two of its individual family lawyers also received exceptional recommendations: senior partner Jonathan Brew was ranked as Band 1, singled out as a “virtually flawless” practitioner”, and partner Brenda Spain gained Band 3 for her “deep experience”.
There was additional praise for the firm’s Worcester private client department in the separate Chambers High Net Worth Rankings. The Worcester team, led by Dawn Oliver, gained Band 1 in private wealth law, with Chambers citing “an absolutely superb job” and Dawn, described as “the leading private client lawyer in Worcestershire”, was ranked as Band 1.
Another stand-out Chambers 2018 ranking was awarded to the firm’s Worcester-based sister company, clinical negligence specialists Medical Accident Group, recommended as a “noted and expanding practice with a growing reputation”. Partner Inez Brown was cited as a “driving influence”, gaining Band 1, whilst partner Ally Taft was ranked Band 2 for her “very direct and robust” approach.
The firm’s corporate, banking and insolvency expertise in Worcester was also singled out for outstanding ratings. As well as a Band 2 ranking for the Worcester corporate teams in the SME & owner-managed businesses category, managing partner and head of corporate and banking Rod Thomas, described as “a force of nature”, gained an individual Band 2 ranking. Restructuring and insolvency partner Sam Payne was recommended as Band 3.
Other Worcester-based Harrison Clark Rickerbys lawyers to receive exceptional individual Band 2 Chambers rankings were commercial litigation team leader Elizabeth Beatty, and licensing team head Heath Thomas. The firm’s Worcester litigation department also received a Band 3 ranking in Chambers’ Midlands category.
Jonathan Brew, senior partner, said: “Our Worcester legal teams and individuals can be proud of the exceptional rankings they have been given in the 2018 Chambers guide. This national recognition in so many legal fields is well deserved. Across the firm our focus is always on our clients, and the quality of service we offer. Chambers and Partners confirms what recent The Legal 500 guide made so clear – 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.”
Across the firm’s seven offices nationwide, 17 lawyers and 16 of the firm’s regional service teams were ranked as Band 1-4 by the Chambers Guide – totalling 33 recommendations across nine legal practice areas.
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.