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19th October, 2020

Leading law firm recognised in top industry guide

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Partner Keith McKinney from Aaron & Partners was a new addition to the renowned Legal 500 ‘Next Generation Partner’ list

Across the firm’s three offices, a total of 46 individual recommendations have been awarded over 17 practice areas.

Law firm Aaron & Partners is celebrating impressive rankings in the latest edition of The Legal 500 – a comprehensive guide to the top professionals working in the UK’s legal market.

With offices in Chester, Manchester and Shrewsbury, the firm saw a total of 17 practice areas recognised in this year’s independent guide, including several new entries, reinforcing Aaron & Partners’ position as one of the top legal practices.

Corporate and Commercial Partner, Stuart Scott-Goldstone; Dispute Resolution Partner, John Devoy, and David Harries, who heads up the firm’s Planning, Energy, Environmental and Regulatory team, all retained their places on the prestigious ‘Leading Individuals List,’ having been named in 2019.

Keith McKinney, a Partner in the firm’s Planning, Environmental, Energy and Regulatory team, has been named in the guide’s ‘Next Generation Partner’ list for the first time this year.

Corporate & Commercial Partner, Jamie Hawley, and Dispute Resolution Partner, David Mann, were also listed in the same category, having both received the prestigious ranking in last year’s guide.

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

Partner Simon Mawdsley was mentioned on the Rising Stars List and has been noted for his expertise in ‘drafting and advising on complex marital agreements’, alongside Real Estate Senior Associate, Lisa Moncur.

Nick Clarke, Senior Partner at Aaron & Partners, said: “This year’s impressive rankings are a testament to the hard work and commitment our teams continue to show.

“After what has been a challenging year for everyone, I’m proud to see so many members of the firm recognised in this renowned and highly-regarded directory. There are some very significant individual achievements this year with many maintaining their rankings, as well as some new recommendations.

“Our focus has always been on delivering excellent outcomes for our clients, and the latest Legal 500 listings reflect that ongoing commitment.”

Aaron & Partners’ Dispute Resolution team were commended for their “ability to handle any litigation matter,” with expertise in disputes relating to shareholder issues, corporate transaction, partnerships and restrictive covenants.

The Corporate and Commercial team was also recognised for its work with equity and debt investments, corporate finance, transactions, restructuring and sales and acquisitions, being described as always “going the extra mile”.

Paul Hennity, an Employment Law Associate was praised for being “friendly and professional” alongside Partners Helen Watson and Claire Brook from the Employment Law team, whilst Employment Law Partner Ben Mason retained his spot with his employment contract work with the Professional Footballers Association recognised.

The Planning, Environment, Energy and Regulatory team attracted praise for its ‘ability to ‘find solutions to complex environmental, technical and planning policy issues.’

Agricultural and Estates Associate, Ben Brassington was also recommended in this year’s guide, alongside Simon Ellis, Head of the Real Estate team.

Clive Pointon, Head of Wills, Trusts and Tax and his colleague Lynda Richards, within the same team, came highly recommended with Lynda described as “very professional, highly experienced and approachable”.

The Family Law team was highlighted as being ‘vastly experienced’ with Head of Department Richard Barge described as “excellent” and “dedicated”. Partners Lorraine Saunders and Neil Hobden were also recognised for their expertise.

Across Aaron & Partners’ Shrewsbury, Chester, and Manchester offices, 29 individuals received a total of 46 recommendations.



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