The Legal 500: 2020 Listing


Our legal experts have managed to secure their positions in the 2020 The Legal 500 listing once again as a Leading Firm with 11 practice areas recommended in the Legal 500 tables, 2 Leading Individuals and 21 Recommended Lawyers in their respective practice areas. Read through the links below to find out more details about the listings from each practice area.

Corporate and commercial

The team handles a broad range of corporate and commercial matters on behalf of start-ups, owner-managed businesses and investors. Recent matters include advising on cross-border sales and acquisitions, shareholder agreements and commercial arrangements.

Recommended Lawyers: Greg Humphreys and Diane Yarrow

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Commercial litigation

The dispute resolution practice ‘punches well above its weight‘ and regularly acts in multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation for a mix of private and corporate clients. Practice head Chris Felton is ‘a safe pair of hands‘.

Recommended Lawyers: Chris Felton, Michelle Di Gioia and Hilary Messer


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Cross-departmental expertise and support in all areas of employment. The group has a strong focus on contentious matters, acting on behalf of senior executives and employers in negotiating settlement agreements and Tribunal representation.

Recommended Lawyers: Julie Taylor and Michelle Morgan

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Health and Safety

Headed by Michelle Di Gioia, the team handles all matters related to health and safety, including compliance, risk management and litigation. The full-service practice is well placed to advise on regulatory issues as well representing client in investigations and prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executives. The team is particularly experienced in handling risks and health and safety offences in the manufacturing and construction sectors.

Leading Individual: Michelle Di Gioia

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Clinical negligence: claimant

Our ‘sensible and practical‘ clinical negligence group covers the full range of medical negligence matters, with a particular emphasis on fatalities and inquest claims. Practice head Alastair Goggins, who is noted for his ‘whip-sharp advice‘, has expertise in maternal and infant birth complications and injuries. Senior associate Andrew Shipp handles complex claims involving mental health.

Recommended Lawyers: Alastair Goggins and Andrew Shipp

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Charities and not-for-profit

The team’s expertise covers charity formations and registrations, governance and constitutional advice, corporate and commercial matters, regulatory and Charity Act compliance. From the Newbury office, Alistair Goggins leads a team which includes Penny Wright and Maidenhead-based Diane Yarrow.

Recommended Lawyers: Alastair Goggins, Penny Wright and Diane Yarrow

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Contentious trusts and probate

The team ‘combines friendliness with astuteness and a sensible approach to dispute resolution‘. The group is sought out for advice on High Court and Court of Protection cases, with disputes involving capacity-related issues being a notable area of growth. Practice head Alastair Goggins is ‘exceptional in his honesty‘.

Leading Individuals: Alastair Goggins

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The team has a ‘solid reputation’ for divorce, financial settlements and matrimonial work.

Recommended Lawyers: Seona Myerscough, Jenny Buchanan, Suzy Hamshaw, Simon Fisher


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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Our ‘vastly experienced’ private client team have notable strengths in helping high-net-worth clients in tax planning, often with a cross-border element and utilising its experience negotiating with HM Revenue & Customs. Other areas of expertise include inheritance tax, international estate planning and powers of attorney and Court of Protection work.

Recommended Lawyers: Jolyon Barton, Robert Jobson, Penny Wright, Niamh Minihane, Richard Mead, Kathryn Tarry

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Commercial Property

We act for a mix of developers, landlords and tenants in commercial, residential, retail and mixed-use developments.

Recommended Lawyers: Greg Humphreys, Suki Hardy, Richard Buckeridge 

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Property Litigation

The practitioners in our property litigation group demonstrate a ‘high degree of competence and understanding‘. We have recently had a notable increase in mandates from large companies, trusts and town councils. First Tier Tribunal claims and adverse possession claims are other areas of growth. The team also specialises in mortgage repossession work.

Recommended Lawyers: Alastair Goggins, Michelle Di Gioia 

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