Peter Taylor | Managing Partner
Peter Taylor, Managing Partner

The ‘bible’ of the legal profession recently published by Chambers and Partners has reinforced Paris Smith’s position as one of the leading firms in the South.

Head of Family, Frank Prior, said of the firm’s excellent ranking under ‘Family/Matrimonial: Southampton and surrounds’ was ‘very humbling; but a testimony to our strength and depth.’ The firm’s Employment team have also seen a wonderful result with both Clive Dobbin and David Roath being ranked as top employment lawyers making Paris Smith the only firm in the South to have more than one lawyer with this accolade.

The Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency team are also celebrating, having gained ground to achieve the joint highest ranking in the category ‘Restructuring/Insolvency: the South’ amongst all firms offering these services in Hampshire or Dorset, with Mike Pavitt the only lawyer in this region specifically recognised as a notable practitioner under ‘Personal Insolvency: UK-wide’.

The firm’s Dispute Resolution offering is described as “proactive” and “very commercially aware”, and has now converted its established, local ranking into recognition within the wider category ‘Litigation: the South.’

In addition, Paris Smith’s Banking and Finance department has been described as “always going beyond expectations.” The firm also received very pleasing rankings and feedback from clients and peers for its Corporate and Commercial work and Real Estate work, with no fewer than 6 partners singled out for special mention in these areas. We also achieved “Noted Firm” status for intellectual property for the first time.

Peter Taylor, Managing Partner commented “The recognition which the firm has received in the Chambers legal directory is a reflection of our commitment to the development of all members of Paris Smith, their drive and dedication as a team to deliver an excellent service and ensure that our clients have a positive experience with us. We are passionate about enabling our clients to succeed and overcome any challenges which they may face, utilising both our technical skills and knowledge of the law as well as our extensive networks whether from our offices in Southampton or our newly opened office in Winchester”.

The full report can be found here.