Leading Cheltenham law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys ranks with the best in the country, with a premier legal guide recommending it to clients across 15 legal practice areas.
The Chambers and Partners UK Guide ranks the firm in the top tiers of law firms for family and private client services, covering wills, trusts and probate; four of its lawyers are named as among the best in their field and a further 19 are ranked by the prestigious guide across the firm's six offices and legal services.
Demonstrating the firm's strength and breadth of expertise, family lawyers Carolyn Green in Cheltenham, Jonathan Brew in Worcester and Andrew Caldicott in Hereford all attract the highest accolades, along with Matthew Johnston in Cheltenham who is ranked for his specialist advice in the area of information technology. The family law and private client teams accolades are boosted by the ranking of John Lawley as an associate to watch and by the very well-respected skills of Mark Hartley.
The firm's education team, led by Cheltenham-based Kristine Scott, was acknowledged as a UK-wide player in the field, especially with independent schools and multi-academy trusts. The licensing team's expertise was also recognised across UK regions, with partner Heath Thomas heading the team.
The firm's Cheltenham teams were acknowledged for their skills in banking and finance, construction, corporate mergers and acquisitions, employment, IT, litigation and real estate, with Richard Knight singled out for his corporate expertise and Jon Whitbread for his restructuring and insolvency skills. Steven Murray in the employment team is named as an associate to watch.
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.
Richard Wilkey, head of the firm's Cheltenham office, said: The quality of our lawyers, both as individuals and working as teams, is outstanding and these rankings confirm that we give our clients service which rivals the best in the country, on their doorsteps.
Harrison Clark Rickerbys has 400 staff and partners based at offices in Cheltenham, Worcester, Hereford, Birmingham, the Wye Valley and the Thames Valley, who provide a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients, regionally and nationwide. The firm also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual market sectors, including health and social care, education, agricultural and rural affairs, advanced manufacturing, defence, security and the forces, and construction and engineering.