Reasons to be cheerful: Another excellent year for county firm in independent industry guide

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 27 October 2020 6:20

Independent guide Chambers UK – recognised globally as a guide to the best law firms and lawyers – has just been released, and Willans LLP is celebrating a high number of ranked lawyers and departments.  

The firm, based in Cheltenham’s Imperial Square, has retained a top-tier ranking for family law in the 2021 guide, for the sixth year running, with fouradditional department rankings ad seven individual lawyers recommended in the guide.  

Making a reappearance in the 2021 edition in the South West region is the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution team, led by partner Paul Gordon, which offers particular expertise in intellectual property disputes and partnership disputes. 

An interviewee in the guide describes the team as “clear in its feedback and insights and what course of action to take”. 

Once again recommended across the whole of the South West, Willans’ sought after corporate team is praised by a client in the guide for being “responsive, helpful, thorough and efficient”.

Pictured: (Left to right, top row) Simon Cook, Matthew Clayton, Paul Gordon, (second row - left to right) Robin Beckley, Bridget Redmond, Nigel Whittaker, (bottom row, left to right) Chris Wills, Jonathan Eager, Paul Symes-Thompson

Department head, partner Chris Wills is commended for his “notable expertise in the renewable energy sector”, while fellow partner Paul Symes-Thompson is described as a “strong lawyer with a good presence in this market”. 

Willans’ agriculture and estates team is described by a client as “approachable and grounded solicitors who offer a good range of specialisms”. 

 The team, which advises landowning clients on a wide range of agricultural issues, including complex succession planning and asset protection matters, is led by “notable practitioner” Robin Beckley, whose “wealth of experience” is also noted.  

Securing a coveted top-tier ranking for the sixth year running, Willans’ divorce and family law team is well-respected for its advice on financial remedy and private children matters. 

Highlighted as a ‘notable practitioner’, senior associate Jonathan Eager is praised by a client in the guide for being “reliable and confident…a good lawyer and dedicated to clients”.  

The commercial property team, which handles a wide range of development, investment, and landlord and tenant work, is noted for its “extensive expertise in advising charities on their property needs. 

A client said:The team responds quickly and?effectively?and gives pertinent advice in a timely fashion.” 

Nigel Whittaker, department head and partner,is once again named a ‘notable practitioner’, described as “very helpful in thinking through issues and coming at things from different angles which I may not previously have considered."  

Also recommended as a notable practitioner in the guide is employment law partner Matthew Clayton, who is noted for his expertise in complex tribunal cases, data protection, TUPE and redundancy matters, with a source describing him as “extremely personable, helpful and?efficient”. 

The news comes after the firm’s private client and inheritance and trust disputes teams were rated in Chambers UK’s sister publication, Chambers High Net Worth, in which respective department heads Simon Cook and Paul Gordon were both named as notable practitioners.

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Bridget Redmond, managing partner of Willans, said:?“This is an excellent set of results for us, with a consistently strong number of ranked lawyers and departments. 

“I’m pleased to see Willans ranked on a par with some significantly larger South West firms; our goal is always to deliver the technical expertise and quality of legal service that you’d expect from a regional heavyweight firm, whilst placing a firm emphasis on first-class client care, responsiveness and approachability. 

“These rankings, which are based on independent, objective client feedback, show that our lawyers are consistently hitting the mark. 

I am really proud of all those who have been noted as key contacts and notable practitioners, and their respective departments.”  

Chambers and Partners is comprised of an international team of over 170 researchers who conduct rigorous, objective interviews to obtain independent feedback from clients and other firms’ solicitors.

First published October 26 2020.

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