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Aaron & Partners’ Rankings in Chamber & Partners UK Guide 2014

16th December, 2013

CHESTER AND SURROUNDS

Agriculture & Rural Affairs (Band 2) RANKING UNCHANGED

What the team is known for
Expertise in all contentious matters pertaining to the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. Handles agricultural partnership and shareholder disputes, financial planning, real estate matters and animal rights issues.
Notable practitioners
Richard Forrester heads the department and is a key contact.

Employment (Band 1) REGAINED RANKING

What the team is known for
Tackling all types of employment issues. Particularly active in the retail and education fields. It also advises a number of logistics providers and travel agents.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Approachability: “They have always been excellent. They are very well informed and on top of the legislation at all times. They are also extremely friendly and approachable.”
Notable practitioners
Claire Brook specialises in the employment angles of restructurings and Employment Tribunal work. She is praised by clients for her “industry knowledge and expertise.”

Licensing (Band 1) RANKING UNCHANGED

What the team is known for
Handles a comprehensive range of liquor licensing and both online and bricks and mortar-based betting and gambling matters from its Chester office. Also increasing its caseload of food law-related matters for retail sector clients.
Notable practitioners
Barry Holland has over 30 years’ experience of both liquor licensing and gambling matters. His expertise embraces not only the licensing of large retail chains, but also that of individual premises, from small bars to major sports stadia, and he is also known for his in-depth knowledge of food law.

Litigation (Band 1) RANKING UNCHANGED

What the team is known for
Expertise in a wide range of commercial disputes with particular strength handling professional negligence matters.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: “Sound, practical and commercial advice.”
Industry knowledge: “They have become very knowledgeable about this specific field which is a bit unusual.”
Notable practitioners
John Devoy heads the commercial litigation team and has extensive experience advising on professional negligence claims. Sources find him “very able and very knowledgeable”.

Planning (Band 1) RANKING UNCHANGED

What the team is known for
Advises and acts on a spectrum of planning matters, including highways infrastructure, compulsory purchase orders (CPOs), and mineral and waste issues.
Notable practitioners
Key contact David Delaney joined the firm as head of planning in July 2013.

Private Client (Band 2) NEW RANKING

What the team is known for
Strong focus on capital tax planning and management for business owners and high net worth individuals. Contentious probate capacity and a developed practice in charitable trusts and Court of Protection matters.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: “They provide highly specialised advice in the area of wills, trusts and tax mitigation.”
Client service: “The service standards are exceptionally high and they have a reputation for trustworthiness in the market.”
Notable practitioners
Clive Pointon maintains a broad private client practice, with a particular expertise in tax and succession planning for owners of international holiday homes. Clients assert: “He is very efficient in his work and therefore extremely effective. His technical knowledge is phenomenal and he provides a very reasonable service to clients.”

Real Estate (Band 2) NEW RANKING

What the team is known for
Offers a wide variety of commercial property expertise, with particular strengths in mines and quarries, renewables and waste management, and utilities. Also advises clients with interests in landed estates and in the retail sector.
Notable practitioners
Richard Forrester is a key contact.

UK-WIDE

Transport: Road: Regulatory (Band 2) RANKING UNCHANGED

What the team is known for Advising on regulatory and logistics work, including regulatory compliance, warehousing and operator licensing.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: “They are very responsive to our needs.”
Notable practitioners
Tim Culpin “brings a more rounded view,” say sources. He is a panel solicitor for the RHA and often represents operators at public inquiries.

Ranked Lawyers

Charities Chester and surrounds Band 1

Simon Ellis leads the charities practice group at Aaron & Partners LLP. His practice covers charity law and commercial property, and he is particularly recommended for his experience of working with ecclesiastical charities. Clients describe him as “helpful, friendly and efficient.”

Employment Chester and surrounds Up and Coming

Claire Brook specialises in the employment angles of restructurings and Employment Tribunal work. She is praised by clients for her “industry knowledge and expertise.”

Family/Matrimonial Chester and surrounds Band 1

Richard Barge head of the family team at Aaron & Partners LLP, is highly regarded for his expertise and experience in complex financial disputes. He is described by peers as “a leading family lawyer, with an excellent understanding of clients’ needs, articulate presentations and a friendly and approachable nature.”

Licensing Chester and surrounds Band 1

Barry Holland has over 30 years’ experience of both liquor licensing and gambling matters. His expertise embraces not only the licensing of large retail chains, but also that of individual premises, from small bars to major sports stadia, and he is also known for his in-depth knowledge of food law.

Litigation Chester and surrounds Band 1

John Devoy heads the commercial litigation team and has extensive experience advising on professional negligence claims. Sources find him “very able and very knowledgeable”.

Partnership UK-wide Band 3

Mark Briegal of Aaron & Partners LLP in Chester has an increasing focus on partnership work. He is praised as being “very flexible” and “extremely personable”.

Private Client Chester and surrounds Band 2

Clive Pointon maintains a broad private client practice, with a particular expertise in tax and succession planning for owners of international holiday homes. Clients assert: “He is very efficient in his work and therefore extremely effective. His technical knowledge is phenomenal and he provides a very reasonable service to clients.”

Transport UK-wide Band 1

Tim Culpin “brings a more rounded view,” say sources. He is a panel solicitor for the RHA and often represents operators at public inquiries.

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