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Celebrating our recognition as Cheshire’s leading law firm for fifth consecutive year in industry-defining guide

29th October, 2014

Aaron & Partners has been awarded more than twice as many plaudits as any of our Chester rivals in The Legal 500 UK 2014, a highly respected annual publication which provides independent reviews of law firms.

We received recommendations for 17 of our legal departments and recognition of the law firm as an elite top-tier firm for our corporate and commercial, commercial litigation and agriculture and estates practices.

The North West Legal 500 also recommends 18 Aaron & Partners’ lawyers personally for the advice their provide their clients, while our strong presence in North Wales is reflected by recommendations for nine departments and seven lawyers in the publication’s Welsh edition.

Andy Duxbury, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our strong performance in the Legal 500 2014 demonstrates the outstanding practice Aaron & Partners prides itself on.

“To show continuing recommendations for both our teams and our lawyers for a fifth consecutive year is an incredible endorsement of the work we do for clients across Cheshire, the North West and beyond.”

Andy continued: “We are particularly pleased to see so many of our lawyers recognised for their talent across a broad range of disciplines, covering all our service lines, which illustrates the depth of knowledge and expertise at Aaron & Partners.”

Legal 500 Review 2014

Corporate Commercial
Tier 1
Aaron & Partners LLP acts for owner-managed businesses and start-ups on a wide range of corporate finance and transactional matters. Stuart Scott-Goldstone continues to advise The North West Fund and its investees on fund raisings and exits, and Mark Briegal’s work included M&A mandates for professional services clients.

Crime, Fraud and Licensing
Tier 3
Consultant Barry Holland is recommended at Aaron & Partners LLP, where clients include Majestic Wine Warehouse, David Pluck Bookmakers and The Trafford Centre.

Tier 1
Aaron & Partners LLP’s John Devoy is praised for his ‘in-depth specialist knowledge’. The practice recently advised Welsh Water on disputes regarding historically free water supplies. Other clients including BAC Florida Bank, Sanderson and South Gloucestershire Council.

Debt Recovery
Tier 2
Aaron & Partners LLP’s key contact is John Devoy.

Tier 5
Aaron & Partners LLP’s key contacts are insolvency practitioner Simon Edwards, and Nick Clarke, who specialises in contentious matters.

Tier 3
Key clients for the team at Aaron & Partners LLP include North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo), Severndale Special Needs School and Shrewsbury Town Football Club. Team head Helen Watson is ‘excellent’, and Claire Brook is ‘commercially minded’.

Professional Negligence
Tier 4

Tier 3
With ‘excellent specialist knowledge’, Aaron & Partners LLP is noted for its experience in the logistics and regulatory sectors. Tim Culpin specialises in compliance management systems and public inquiries.

Tier 3
Aaron & Partners LLP’s ‘top-notch’ team advised Coleg Harlech WEA on the implications of a merger with another educational institution. Simon Ellis heads the team.

Tier 1
Aaron & Partners LLP continues to act for both owners and tenant farmers on land acquisitions, disposals and agricultural tenancies, advising clients such as Denbighshire County Council, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Mostyn Estates. Team head Richard Forrester is recommended, as is Simon Ellis.

Property Litigation
Tier 3
Aaron & Partners LLP recently advised clients on issues such as service charges, possessions, and dilapidation claims. John Devoy leads the team.

Planning and Environment
Tier 4
David Delaney joined Aaron & Partners LLP as head of planning from Pannone, part of Slater & Gordon in July 2013.
Environment team-leader Claire Petricca-Riding is ‘always 100% committed to her clients’, and Richard Forrester has ‘formidable knowledge and invaluable experience dealing with utility regulators’.

Commercial Property – Elsewhere
Tier 2
Aaron & Partners LLP’s clients include Welsh Water, Mostyn Estates and Denbighshire County Council. Practice head Richard Forrester has ‘formidable knowledge and experience of property matters’; and Simon Ellis is ‘a property lawyer par excellence and always deals with transactions swiftly and efficiently’. Emma McGlinchey has represented a major food retailer on development schemes.

Tier 3
Aaron & Partners LLP has ‘excellent industry knowledge’ and ‘strong client care skills’. Team head Richard Barge is recommended.

Contentious Trusts and Probate
Tier 2
Aaron & Partners LLP advises on a range of high-value contentious matters. The ‘experienced’ Clive Pointon leads the team.

Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate
Tier 2
Clive Pointon, team head at Aaron & Partners LLP, is ‘very knowledgeable and an excellent communicator’.

Intellectual Property
Tier 5


Commercial Property
In Chester, Simon Ellis at Aaron & Partners LLP is instructed by Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water and a range of businesses in North Wales.

Recent arrival David Delaney heads the team at Aaron & Partners LLP in Chester.

Corporate Commercial – North and Mid Wales
Chester firm Aaron & Partners LLP picks up a lot of the transactional and commercial instructions from clients in North East Wales.

Agriculture/Estates (North Wales)
Richard Forrester at Chester firm Aaron & Partners LLP advises estates and agricultural businesses in Wales. Simon Ellis provides an ‘efficient’ and ‘comprehensive’ service.

Simon Ellis at Aaron & Partners LLP in Chester is recommended.

Elisabeth Pugh at Aaron & Partners LLP in Chester is ‘excellent in all respects’.

In Chester, John Devoy and David Harries at Aaron & Partners LLP are active for businesses in North Wales.

Contentious Trusts and Probate
The experienced Clive Pointon is recommended at Chester firm Aaron & Partners LLP.

Chester firm Aaron & Partners LLP acts for numerous clients in Wales.

For more information please contact Scott Hadden on 01244 405569 or email [email protected]

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