Top ranked North East law firms revealed in Chambers UK 2015 guide

Five regional firms featured prominently in the annual survey of the law sector

Jamie Martin, managing partner at Ward Hadaway
Jamie Martin, managing partner at Ward Hadaway

Five North East law firms have ranked highly in the recent Chambers UK 2015 report, one of the most prestigious measures of the sector.

Bond Dickinson, Ward Hadaway, Hay & Kilner Solicitors, Muckle LLP and Watson Burton LLP were all among the North East firms with the most rankings across the industry publication.

Published annually the Chambers UK report uses thousands of interviews with the clients of law firms, and reviews of work done in the past 12 months.

Firms and individual lawyers are then ranked based on the research which is conducted by trained investigators.

The survey provides a detailed look at various specialisms and practice areas within law.

Individuals and firms are ranked across a number of qualities, including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment.

Jamie Martin, managing partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “We are delighted to see the breadth of our services and the exceptionally high standards which we deliver to clients recognised in the latest edition of the Chambers guide.

“The firm itself is recommended in over 20 different categories with many of our services being placed in the top rank by Chambers, indicating a dedication to service excellence and the highest possible standards of legal advice.

“Ward Hadaway also appears in a growing number of national rankings, demonstrating our standing as a Northern law firm for national business.

“In addition, it is very pleasing to see so many of our lawyers singled out for individual praise in the directory for their knowledge, experience and expertise, again with many achieving rankings on a national basis.”

Martin Soloman, senior partner at Hay & Kilner, said: “We are delighted that our excellence in so many different practice areas has been recognised by Chambers UK. The commentary in Chambers is based upon feedback from clients.

“This year’s results reflect the dedication and hard work from our people who provide a tailored and personal service to many businesses and individuals throughout the North East.”

Richard Palmer, partner and head of Professional Indemnity Insurance at Watson Burton LLP said: “We are pleased with the rankings that Watson Burton has seen in this year’s Chambers UK 2015 Guide.

“In particular the recognition of our Professional Negligence practice area, which has again been ranked Tier 1, with both of the partners in the team ranked as experts in the field.

“As a team we work very hard to provide exceptional legal services to clients, which include Hiscox, Travelers and Canopius. It is great to see partners such as Anne-Marie Knight recognised for her experience and expertise.”

Stephen McNicol, managing partner at Muckle LLP, said: “To be recognised by Chambers, whose findings are based on client-led research, acknowledges our continuous drive for excellence at Muckle LLP. It praises our particular brand of advice with our specialist lawyers consistently commended for the delivery of exceptional client service. The firm’s client base is increasingly national and I expect this growth to continue as we expand our services to meet clients’ requirements.”


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