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Aaron & Partners strengthens Legal 500 ranking

26th September, 2016

Top_tier_firmsHighly respected independent legal industry guide The Legal 500 has ranked Aaron & Partners Solicitors as a top tier firm in three key practice areas and has increased the number of ranked partner-level leading practictioners at the firm to 28.

The guide acknowledged Chester as a hub for high-net worth clientele and ranked Aarons, based in Cheshire and Shropshire, as a Tier 1 law firm in the practice areas of Corporate and Commercial, Dispute Resolution and Private Client – Agriculture and Estates. It also recommended the firm in 12 other key practice areas.

“Our ranking within the Legal 500 is a source of great pride for Aaron & Partners,” said senior partner Simon Edwards.

“As an independent guide, it provides a fair and informed assessment of the legal services firms provide. To have retained our top tier ranking and increased our number of leading practitioners is a reflection of our strong commitment to the quality of our work and gives clients present and future confidence when instructing us to represent them.”

The Dispute Resolution team were singled out for significant praise with David Harries combination of ‘great insight and the ability to fight tremendously hard for clients’ and John Devoy’s ‘first rate’ litigation skills highlighted.

Finance specialist Hugh Strickland was highlighted as one of Aaron’s leading practitioners, citing his work with banking giant Santander.

Elsewhere in the guide excellence and efficiency were judged to underpin the success of Corporate and Commercial under Stuart Scott-Goldstone, ranked as a leading individual, with Mark Briegal’s contribution also cited.

Aaron’s work advising owners and tenant farmers on disposals, acquisitions and tenancy issues on a private client basis also attracted a top tier ranking, with Simon Ellis and David Harries specifically highlighted for their excellent level of service and advice.

In addition to its Tier 1 ranked services, Aaron’s has increased the number of ranked individual leading practitioners in the Legal 500 from 21 last year to 28 this year.

These include Transport and Logistics specialist Tim Culpin, described by the guide as ‘excellent, extremely helpful and very experienced’ in regulatory matters, Trish Randles, recognised as a leading expert on landlord and tenant matters in Commercial Real Estate, Personal Tax, Trust and Probate practitioner Clive Pointon, whose approach is described as ‘clear, realistic, patient and good humoured’ and Richard Barge in the Private Client – Family law sector.

Legal 500 Individual Rankings

Aaron & Partners has 28 rankings for 22 partners in the 2016 edition compared to the 21 for 21 in 2015.


Corporate and commercial – Corporate and commercial
Mark Briegal
Stuart Scott-Goldstone

Crime, fraud and licensing – Licensing
Barry Holland

Dispute resolution – Commercial litigation
David Harries
David Potts
John Devoy
Nick Clarke

Finance – Insolvency and corporate recovery
Mark Davies
Nick Clarke
Simon Edwards

Human resources – Employment
Claire Brook
Helen Watson

Private client – Agriculture and estates
David Harries
Simon Ellis

Private client – Contentious trusts and probate
Clive Pointon

Private client – Family
Lorraine Saunders
Richard Barge

Private client – Personal tax, trusts and probate
Clive Pointon
James Wallace

Projects, energy and natural resources – Energy
David Harries
Richard Forrester

Real estate – Commercial property
Simon Ellis
Trish Randles

Real estate – Planning and environment
David Delaney
David Harries
Richard Forrester

Tim Culpin


Finance – Banking and finance
Hugh Strickland

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