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.”
A Bournemouth law firm has launched a specialist legal team to tackle the often complex challenges and issues facing the construction industry.
The construction law team at Bournemouth solicitors Steele Raymond aims to help and advise developers, contractors and sub-contractors, professional consultants and the finance sector on contentious and non-contentious issues of procurement, construction contracts, commercial agreements and development agreements.
Head of the Construction Law team and Managing Partner Peter Rolph said: “Research carried out by Arcadis indicates that the average construction dispute in the UK in 2014 was £17.2m. As confidence in the construction industry grows we are seeing much larger projects being developed with much larger sums of money being at stake. Couple that with the ever increasing complexity of these projects can result in a situation where there could easily give rise to a dispute.”
The team comprises of a wealth of contentious and non-contentious experience. Graeme Roberts, a consultant with over 25 years’ non-contentious construction law experience and specialises in drafting and negotiating all documentation involved in construction projects. Peter Rolph has over 30 years’ experience in a full range of contentious construction disputes in adjudication, arbitration and litigation. Peter has also been a n accredited commercial mediator for over 15 years.
The construction team also benefit from the national experience of Senior Associate Simone Ritchie who specialises in resolving property disputes. Nikki Gates, works with developers, builders and contractors in the recovery of construction contract debts.
Peter said: “Early commercial resolution when disputes arise is key. In many cases disputes could have been avoided. The more care that is taken at the outset in drafting contracts the clearer the parties are as to their rights and remedies; the more disputes can be avoided. Avoiding disputes before they arise allows everyone to focus on running and growing the business.”
For further details on the Steele Raymond Construction Law team visit www.steeleraymond.co.uk or to speak to one of our experts call 01202 294566.
ONE of Dorset’s leading specialist employment lawyers has joined Bournemouth solicitors Steele Raymond to lead the employment team.
Amy Cousineau Massey has joined the top-tier dispute resolution team at Steele Raymond at its Bournemouth head office on Richmond Hill.
Amy is a specialist employment solicitor and joins an established and experienced team which advises a wide range of businesses, from start-ups to large established companies, and supports clients with a range of employment law requirements including discrimination and employment tribunal proceedings.
“Steele Raymond has an excellent reputation in employment law across the south coast and I’m excited to be joining the team. The growth of the firm in recent years has been exceptional and I’m really looking forward to playing a part in the vision and expansion going forward,” said Amy.
With a particular specialism in social media law, Amy brings a wealth of experience in newly emerging laws as the dynamics of running business in a digital world gathers pace.
Amy added: “Employees are the key asset of any business. The rapid pace of changes within employment law, coupled with the changing pace of communication in the workplace can be a challenge for business owners.”
“Employees are increasingly aware of their rights, so it is now more important than ever to manage human resources carefully and efficiently, particularly when it comes to social media.”
Peter Rolph, Managing Partner and head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution team at Steele Raymond, said: “Amy is a welcome and valuable addition to head up our employment law team and we are delighted to have her on board. We see employment law as a key area for growth and support for our commercial teams”
“Amy’s appointment will further strengthen our already strong team. Her experience in employment law will add a new range of services that we are able to offer our clients across the south coast.”