One of the leading legal services directories, Legal 500, has this month reinforced Paris Smith’s position as one of the leading law firms in the South, awarding the firm no fewer than 10 rankings in ‘Tier 3’ or above for its core services.
The firm’s Family department have again been recognised with an excellent ‘Tier 1’ ranking as “a very strong regional firm“, with Frank Prior, Neil Davies, Rachel Osgood and Sarah Passemard all receiving the highest praise and Huw Miles being notably recognised as a leading individual in this field.
The Employment team have again achieved a wonderful result, recognised as providing “a fantastic level of support and service” again receiving a ‘Tier 1’ ranking. Clive Dobbin, Peter Taylor and David Roath have all been recognised within the team, along with associate Claire Merritt for the first time this year.
The Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency team are also celebrating after being recognised as having “excellent knowledge and a strong team”, and increasing their ranking to ‘Tier 2’ this year. Mike Pavitt, Richard Atcherley, Clive Thomson and Shelley White were all praised within the team, whilst Phillip Baldwin was also newly recognised as a ‘next generation lawyer’.
The firm’s Dispute Resolution department was also well recognised for its Commercial Litigation work, increasing their Legal 500 ranking to ‘Tier 2’. Head of Department David Eminton and Cliff Morris were named, with Clive Thomson, Mike Pavitt and Shelley White all receiving additional recognition in this category.
Paris Smith’s Banking and Finance department has been described as having “extensive knowledge and deep experience within each of their areas of discipline“. James McNeil, Jonathon Roy and Clare Lee were all recommended within their fields.
The reputable Corporate and Commercial teams have been described as ‘a major regional player for corporate and commercial work’. Head of Department Sean Davies, Jonathon Roy, Michael Moore, Crispin Dick and Richard Atcherley were all noted as key team members.
The firm also received very pleasing rankings and feedback for its Real Estate work again this year. Rachel Saint and Tom Georgiou were both praised for their work, Mark Howarth was again recognised as a ‘leading individual’ in the field and Joanne Spittles was newly recognised as a ‘next generation lawyer’.
Within the ‘Technology, Media and Telecoms’ category, the firm received two rankings in ‘IT and Telecoms‘ and ‘Intellectual Property‘. Both Crispin Dick and Laura Trapnell were recognised within their fields, with Laura Trapnell being described as a “fierce litigator” and “no-nonsense negotiator“.
Rounding off the rankings, the firm also received strong rankings for its Tax and Estates, Planning and Licensing work.
Peter Taylor, Managing Partner commented “As a firm we have a very clear sense of purpose, being to enable our clients to succeed through having a positive experience with legal excellence. The rankings in Legal 500 demonstrate the strength and depth of the expertise across the firm as well as the passion to deliver an excellent service and experience to our clients. All across the firm share a set of values and beliefs to ensure we continue to deliver value to our clients through the services we offer. I believe that the rankings and the feedback we receive from our clients reflects that cause.”
The full report can be found at Legal 500: