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Aaron & Partners continues legal industry guide success

6th November, 2014

We are continuing to celebrate here at Aaron & Partners after securing strong rankings once again in the prestigious independent law guide Chambers and Partners.

Following the firm’s hugely successful appearances in both The Legal 500 and The Lawyer’s UK200, we have had ten areas of practice and nine lawyers ranked in the Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2015.

Aaron & Partners was ranked within the Chester area nine times for practice areas including Litigation and Planning, and was ranked nationally for regulatory transport work.

Nine solicitors were also named individually, including Employment Law Partner Claire Brook, Corporate and Professional Partnerships Specialist Mark Briegal and Head of Wills, Trust and Tax Clive Pointon.

Andy Duxbury, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Once again we are absolutely delighted to have been rates so highly, so many times – and across so many areas of law – in another incredibly significant industry guide.

“To be recognised not only regionally, but nationally, is an honour and it’s down to the hard work of each and every person at the firm that we are in this enviable position.”

NOTES
Chambers and Partners is an annual publication which provides independent rankings of law firms and lawyers in all important areas of law in 185 countries, and is widely regarded as one of the most respected legal guides.

Chambers and Partners Review 2015

Firm Rankings

North West

1. Agriculture & Rural Affairs (Band 2)

What the team is known for
Draws on real estate and private client expertise to assist with a range of agricultural matters, such as tenancy issues, partnerships and estate management. Also handles agricultural property transactions and development projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“I can call the solicitors at any time to have a chat about issues. It is very easy to deal with them.”

“The solicitors are open and approachable.”

Work highlights
Acted for Mostyn Estates on the registration of mineral rights in North Wales.

Assisted Welsh Water with the surrender and regrant of a lease on a water treatment site.

2. Corporate/M&A (Band 1)

What the team is known for
Instructed by numerous Cheshire and North-Western businesses on significant M&A, restructurings and venture capital investments. Wide-ranging activity with prominent clients in sectors such as education, professional services, transport and energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“They provide a safe pair of hands on transactions.”

Work highlights
Advised Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and Cheshire East Council on the establishment of the Growing Places Fund, and the fund’s subsequent investments.

Advised The North West Fund on various exit and fund-raising projects, including a £1 million investment in Stopford Projects.

3. Employment (Band 1)

What the team is known for
Highly reputed for its representation of large corporations and high-profile individuals, particularly on matters such as mediation and negotiations. Especially distinguished for work with logistics providers, food manufacturers and travel agents.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“We can rely on their advice and support and their reactions. We get a good response.”

“We have always found them really approachable and quick, and the advice is always spot-on.”

What’s new?
Gained Shrewsbury Town FC as a client.

Work highlights
Provided North of England Zoological Society with general employment law advice.

Advised Shrewsbury Town FC on all HR and employment law matters.

4. Family/Matrimonial (Band 1)

What the team is known for
Highly regarded for its capabilities across a broad range of family issues, including complex financial matters and Children Act proceedings. Advises a broad client roster, including high net worth entrepreneurs and footballers’ wives.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“The family law department is excellent. If it is the benchmark for the remainder of the firm then I would rate the firm very highly.”

“It has a very approachable team of family lawyers whose knowledge, experience and commitment to securing the best outcome for their clients seem to be faultless.”

5. Licensing (Band 1)

What the team is known for
First-rate practice advising on liquor, gambling and entertainment licensing. Noted for its retail sector work for prestigious clients across the UK.

Work highlights
Advised on the licensing requirements for the Gloucester Quays shopping centre.

Assisted in the licensing of an ice skating rink outside Selfridges’ Trafford Centre store.

6. Litigation (Band 1)

What the team is known for
Strong litigation department serving major operations in the North West of England and North Wales. Praised for its proficiency in agricultural and transportation disputes. Regularly instructed by US banks and lawyers seeking to recover debts from British citizens.

Work highlights
Representing Welsh Water in a dispute related to free water supplies, involving appearances in the Court of Appeal and the High Court in Cardiff.

7. Planning (Band 1)

What the team is known for
Has broad experience in an impressive array of planning work, with strength in high-value and contentious mandates in the renewables and infrastructure sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“They’re very good and very helpful, and as responsive as any company I’ve ever dealt with.”

Work highlights
Advised Welsh Water on its objection to a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for an extension to DONG Energy’s offshore wind farm.

8. Private Client (Band 1)

What the team is known for
Excellent reputation for estate and capital tax planning. Handles a great deal of Court of Protection work and is increasingly active in contentious probate.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“The team is very knowledgeable – on top of its game, and it knows exactly what it’s talking about.”

“The lawyers are forward-thinking and go-getting. They’re always open to suggestions, change and new ventures. The private client team is central to the firm.”

9. Real Estate (Band 1)

What the team is known for
Represents clients across a broad range of industries, with specialisations in agriculture, quarries and waste. Regularly acts for charities and education institutions, with particular knowledge in ecclesiastical property work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“Very approachable, excellent material production to timescale, thorough, and they have always advised and provided solutions to problems and pitfalls.”

Work highlights
Represented Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water) on lease matters relating to the Llyn Conwy Water Treatment Works.

UK-Wide

1. Transport: Road: Regulatory (Band 2)

What the team is known for
Represents a range of businesses in public inquiries and advises clients on a range of issues, including compliance management and the carriage of goods.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“They are very thorough with regard to the preparation of their cases.”

Ranked Lawyers

Corporate/M&A
Stuart Scott-Goldstone (Band 2) Chester and surrounds
Newly ranked Stuart Scott-Goldstone leads the firm’s corporate and restructuring practices. He has particular expertise in the life sciences and technology sectors, alongside recent success in various cases involving education clients.

Hugh Strickland (Band 1) Shrewsbury and surrounds
Hugh Strickland of Aaron & Partners LLP is “a very organised and capable operator” who is “great in both corporate and banking”. Whilst at his previous firm, he advised Amber Valley Holding on the sale of the issued share capital of its subsidiary, Amber Composites.

Employment
Claire Brook (Band 1) Chester and surrounds
Clients praise Claire Brook’s approach, noting that “she is knowledgeable, very thorough and gives clear advice. Her approach is comprehensive and she is always thoroughly prepared and quick”.

Family/Matrimonial
Richard Barge (Band 1) Chester and surrounds
Richard Barge heads the family department and earns praise for his “prodigious client management skills” and “shrewd litigation mindset”. Sources also note his strong advocacy skills.

Licensing
Barry Holland (Band 1) Chester and surrounds
Barry Holland is known for his “play hard, play fair” attitude and his representation of bookmakers and betting licence operators. Sources note that “he can do anything to do with regulation; he is one of the best in his field”.

Litigation
John Devoy (Band 1) Chester and surrounds
John Devoy represents high net worth individuals and companies in the local area of Chester. His practice also expands to instructions from financial institutions such as BAC Florida Bank. He is well versed in matters related to professional negligence and contractual claims.

Partnership
Mark Briegal (Band 3) UK-wide
The “commercial and sensible” Mark Briegal of Aaron & Partners LLP represents solicitors, doctors and accountants in a wide array of partnership matters. Sources describe him as “very good; extremely bright and personable”.

Private Client
Clive Pointon (Band 1) Chester and surrounds
Clive Pointon deals with a variety of trusts, wills and tax matters on behalf of high net worth individuals. Sources say: “He’s very personable and seems to take a genuine interest in other people. His technical work is excellent, and he’s very efficient and up to date.”

Transport
Tim Culpin (Band 1) UK-wide
Tim Culpin is significantly experienced in dealing with regulatory authorities and provides broad regulatory law and compliance management advice. A market source notes that “he knows the law, is very thorough and gives very forthright advice”.

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