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Aaron & Partners Increases Recommendations in Leading Industry Guide, The Legal 500

5th November, 2018

Aaron & Partners LLP has once again seen improved rankings in The Legal 500 – a comprehensive guide to the UK’s legal market, reinforcing its position as one of the region’s top practices.

A total of 35 lawyers from the firm’s Chester, Shrewsbury and Manchester offices have been recognised in this year’s independent guide, with 55 individual recommendations over 17 practice areas.

They include David Harries, who heads up the firm’s Planning, Energy, Environment and Regulation (PEER) team and has been awarded the coveted ‘leading individual’ status by the guide – a listing reserved only for the country’s top lawyers.

He joins Aaron & Partners’ Corporate and Commercial Partner, Stuart Scott-Goldstone on the list as he retained his place after being included in 2017.

Senior Associate Keith McKinney from the PEER department was also listed as a leading ‘Next Generation Lawyer’, joining Dispute Resolution Partner David Mann and Corporate and Commercial Partner Jamie Hawley.

Twelve teams from Aaron & Partners featured in this year’s guide with the Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution and Agriculture and Estates teams all maintaining top tier status.

The firm’s PEER team also improved its ranking in the North West guide this year and was highlighted for its work in Wales, particularly in the renewable energy market. Tim Culpin has been noted as having “‘many years of knowledge and a great understanding of the legal aspects of the transport sector”.

Simon Edwards, Senior Partner, said “The Legal 500 is one of the most renowned ranking directories in the UK legal industry. It’s very satisfying for so many members of the firm to be recognised.

“To be able to increase the number of individual recommendations and the listings in practice and sector areas year-on-year is something we’re really proud of.

“It’s brilliant to see areas of our practice such as insolvency recognised with a ranking covering the whole North West region. It is testament to the quality of our team to see us ranked alongside much larger Manchester and Liverpool firms.

“We are continuing to focus on our clients’ objectives and delivering excellent outcomes for them. The Legal 500 listings reflect this commitment.”

Aaron & Partners’ Corporate and Commercial team were commended for being “approachable” and providing first-rate “attention to detail,” helping them to retain top tier status. Simon Edwards, Stuart Haynes and Hugh Strickland all received recommendations for their work. The team was also ranked in the West Midlands for the first time. Strickland also heads up the firm’s Banking and Finance team, which moved up a tier in this year’s rankings, and he was lauded as “a steady pair of hands [who] guides clients well through difficult times” within the guide.

The Disputes Resolution team was described as delivering a “first-class service” across complex and high-value cases for its work with shareholder disputes, corporate transactions, property litigation and professional negligence.

Simon Ellis heads up the highly-rated Agriculture and Estates team, which has attracted praise for its expertise in the renewables sector. David Harries received a mention for his work on rural diversification schemes in the same category.

The “extremely knowledgeable” Clive Pointon heads up the Wills, Trust and Tax team and was described as “friendly” and “approachable”, while partner James Wallace was been described as “excellent in every way”. Lynda Richards was rated as a “key figure” specialising in tax, trust, estate and succession planning for individuals and trustees.

Partner Helen Watson, who leads the Employment team, was praised for her “prompt responses and for her depth of knowledge”. Ben Mason was also praised for his proactive and enthusiastic work ethic, and Paul Bennett retained his place on the list from last year.

The “highly professional” Family team was highlighted as being “very well regarded” with two new additions to the guide this year. Senior Associate Katherine Livesey was noted for being “very thorough” and “exceptionally good for children work”, whilst associate Simon Mawdsley was described as “very approachable”. Head of department Richard Barge, and Partner Lorraine Saunders retain their places on the list from 2017. In the West Midlands guide, Sandy Edwards was recommended for her experience of handling complex cases involving children.

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