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Date Published: 2 Nov 2018
Last Updated: 5 Nov 2018

Huge Success with Chambers & Partners and Legal 500

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Ellis Jones Solicitors is pleased to announce impressive results in two of the most prestigious leading legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. We are extremely proud that so many of our teams and individuals have been recognised for their excellence.

Chamber & Partners

The Chambers & Partners guides feature professional advisers and recommended industry experts. They rank top law firms and lawyers across 180 jurisdictions throughout the world.

This year our Family department have moved into ‘Band 1’- the top band- with the department being hailed as a “real force to be reckoned with”. The team is known for their impressive full service offering advice on children-related disputes.

Deborah Leask, Partner, has been ranked in Band 2 and praised as an “extremely experienced” lawyer, standing out for her “excellent client care skills”. Sean McNally, Partner, has also been ranked in Band 2 with a “fantastic manner with clients” and being “absolutely unflappable”.

Our specialist Family department have recently launched a new Fertility service providing legal advice to those creating families through surrogacy, donor conception and IVF.

In the high net worth guide, Associate Solicitor, Victoria Riddleston has been ranked as an ‘Associate to watch’ for Private Wealth Disputes in The South.

Carla Brown, Partner, has been ranked in Band 3 for Private Wealth Law in Southampton and Surrounds.

Legal 500

The Legal 500 has been established for the last 29 years, aiming to provide the most current directory for the global legal market.

This year’s results have seen our firm recommended across: Business Services, Commercial Litigation, Contentious Trusts and Probate, Family, HR/Employment and Wills, Trusts & Probate/Court of Protection.

Our Business Services team have been ranked into tier 3 and noted as providing “very sensible advice at a good price”. For this sector Neil Cook, Hugh Craig and Kate Brooks have been recognised for their work, with Neil Cook praised for having “a good commercial background”.

Commercial Litigation has been ranked tier 2 as “the most experienced firm in the area for complex banking litigation”. Partner and Head of Banking and Finance, William Fox Bregman has been recommended as a leading individual and is “a highly respected practitioner in claims against banks”. Lauren Day, Carl Arreghini and Victoria Riddleston have also been recognised.Paul Kanolik was rated for his ‘uncanny ability to achieve the best settlement available’ in banking disputes.

The Contentious Trusts and Probate team are now in tier 2 as “a leading firm in the region, with a particularly strong department in this area”. Partner, Lauren Day, has been recognised for her particular experience in dealing with high-value contractual disputes in high-net-worth, and Victoria Riddleston as a “very good lawyer, who really knows her stuff, but also has an excellent client manner”.

This year our Family department have been ranked into tier 1 with Senior Associate Solicitor Ian Butterworth and Sean McNally as recommended Solicitors, and Deborah Leask who is “experienced and approachable” and “excellent with clients”. Partner Katie Taft has also been recognised as a leading individual.

HR/Employment have been ranked tier 2, with Partner Kate Brooks recognised as “confident and clear in her advice, summarises the case, weighs up the options fairly and then advises on the correct approach”.

Wills, Trusts & Probate have been ranked tier 4, noting a “firm grasp of Court of Protection practice and procedure”. Lauren Day has been praised for her particular experience in handling construction disputes and professional negligence claims. Victoria Riddleston is “meticulous” and earns praise from barristers for her “superb and very comprehensive” papers, and Cariad Medway-Smith is recognised for being “extremely courteous”.

We are a full service law firm with offices in Bournemouth, Ringwood, Canford Cliffs, Swanage, Wimborne and London. If you require any legal advice or wish to speak to someone regarding an enquiry, please visit our contact page, or alternatively visit our services page for more information.

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