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HCR Law Events

2 November 2018

Top rankings for legal services to businesses

Recognition of the excellent legal services which Harrison Clark Rickerbys gives to businesses across the Midlands has come from the UK’s two leading legal directories.

Both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners selected outstanding individuals from the firm’s teams and acknowledged the commitment and commercial approach of the teams involved. Rod Thomas, the firm’s managing partner and head of its corporate team, was singled out for praise, as was Arpinder DhillonClare Emery, who was promoted to partner last year, was chosen as one to watch as a ‘next generation lawyer’.

The firm’s health and social care team attracted considerable praise – led by Charlotte Thornton-Smith, who is also head of the Worcester office, colleagues Rebecca Leask and Helen Higginbotham was also mentioned, both in connection with major deals. Alison Scott was also acknowledged.

The firm’s insolvency team, led by Sam Payne, was praised for its in-depth knowledge and quick responses, with Sam acknowledged as a leading individual. The licensing team, led by Heath Thomas is acknowledged to be in the first rank of specialists, with experts in regulatory issues, health and safety and taxi licensing.

Both Richard Morgan and Elizabeth Beatty were also singled out for praise – Richard, as head of the firm’s national litigation team, and Elizabeth for her tough but unaggressive approach. One client said the team had ‘strength in depth…with a number of first-rate lawyers.’

Businesses considering energy storage and renewables options can call on the expertise of real estate, and the firm’s commercial property team in Worcester and Hereford also has particular strengths.

The firm’s private client team also attracted praise – Dawn Oliver, described as ‘personable and professional’ leads the team and advises on succession planning, estate administration, wills, trusts and probate, often for high-net-worth individuals, along with Shirley Rabbetts, who specialises in inheritances issues for farmers.

Rod Thomas said: “External recognition from these sources is a great accolade for both individuals and teams, who work hard to give our clients the very best advice with a real focus on the client’s commercial needs. We aim to get to know a business really well so that we can give practical advice which succeeds for the client.”

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About the Authors
Rod Thomas, Managing Partner

Rod Thomas is a Worcester solicitor, specialising in corporate.

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Arpinder Dhillon, Partner, Head of Wye Valley Office
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Clare Emery, Corporate Partner, Head of Dental Team

Clare Emery is a Worcester solicitor, specialising in Corporate.

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Charlotte Thornton-Smith, Head of Worcester Office & Joint Head of Central England Office

Charlotte Thornton-Smith is a Worcester solicitor, specialising in corporate.

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Rebecca Leask, Head of Health & Social Care Sector and Birmingham office and Notary Public

Rebecca Leask is a Birmingham solicitor, specialising in corporate.

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Helen Higginbotham, Legal Director

Helen Higginbotham is a Worcester solicitor, specialising in corporate.

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Sam Payne, Partner, Head of Restructuring and Insolvency team and London Office

Sam Payne is a solicitor specialising in restructuring and insolvency.

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Heath Thomas, Partner, Head of Investigation, Regulation and Tax, and Thames Valley Office

Heath Thomas is a Thames Valley solicitor, specialising in licensing and regulatory.

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Richard Morgan, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Defence, Security and the Forces Sector

Richard Morgan is a Hereford solicitor, specialising in dispute resolution.

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