LEADING Dorset solicitors Steele Raymond have once again been recognised as one of Dorset and the South West’s leading law firms in the latest edition of independent industry bible The Legal 500 for the 12th consecutive year.
The firm has been awarded the highest possible “Top Tier” ranking that the Guide awards in its main legal areas of Company and Commercial, Commercial Property and Dispute Resolution, underlining its continuing dominance in these areas. This is the 12th consecutive year that Steele Raymond has received top tier rankings, with the guide also providing recommendations and positive comments in the areas of Employment, Family, Private Client, Education and Property Litigation.
Several of Steele Raymond’s solicitors have also received special recognition including property litigation specialist Simone Ritchie, recommended for ‘combining enthusiasm with correct judgement’, family Partner Julie-Ann Harris, who was recommended in Family Law across the whole of the South West and described as ‘providing ‘tactically astute’ advice on financial remedy proceedings and cohabitation disputes’. Family Associate Lindsay Halliwell was also recommended for her handling of Children Act cases.
Partner John Andrews received special recognition for his work in Education, Court of Protection litigation and inheritance disputes.
Managing Partner Peter Rolph is also recommended as being a ‘construction and disputes specialist’ particularly within the field of employment law.
Steele Raymond’s commercial property team is ‘in a league of its own’ with Partner Chris Twaits being recognised as a Leading Individual and regarded alongside Sue Middleton as ‘outstanding’. The commercial property team have also been recognised as being ‘particularly noted for its assistance to housebuilder clients.’
Chairman Tim Stone, also recognised as a Leading Individual, is regarded alongside partner Craig Hardman as ‘strong commercially, with a can-do attitude’ for specialist corporate and commercial work.
The Legal 500 has been published for over twenty years, providing the most comprehensive coverage currently available on legal service providers. Used by commercial and private clients, corporate counsel, CEOs, Financial Directors and professional advisers – both nationally and internationally – the series is widely regarded as offering the definitive reference work on UK law firms.
Rankings are determined by the Legal 500 through a combination of submissions made by solicitors demonstrating the quality and depth of their work and client base, as well as independent interviews carried out with clients themselves.
Commenting on the latest rankings, Chairman Tim Stone said: “Following an excellent year of continued growth and success for the firm, I am once again delighted to see this independent recognition of Steele Raymond’s dominant position at the heart of commercial law in Dorset and the South Coast. Achieving a ‘Top Tier’ ranking for the 12th consecutive year in our three core practice areas, and achieving better results than ever for our many other areas of expertise including Family and Property Litigation something I am immensely proud of. The rankings are the result of a great team effort across the entire firm and reflect the huge effort that everyone puts in, day after day. That said, we are only ever as good as our last set of results so the drive and determination to be even better continues apace.”