The Legal 500 is an independent and impartial body that reviews and offers information regarding professional law firms in the UK. Their ranking tier allows individuals to see how the Legal 500 have scored the law firm in question, and includes professional testimonials for peers and clients.
This week the 2021 edition of the Legal 500 report has been released, and Howells Solicitors are thrilled that 5 of their departments have been highly ranked.
Criminal Defence Ranking
Our Criminal Defence department was awarded the Legal 500 tier 1 ranking, and they were highlighted for their strengths in mental health, civil liberties and youth crime matters.
The report also commends Partners Chris Wong and Mary Rose Macadam, stating: “Practice heads Chris Wong and Mary Rose Macadam are highly rated, and often referred cases by their peers, specialising in high-profile cases.”
Kathryn Lill, Criminal Defence Solicitor in Barnsley, was also commended for her work, stating that she “continues to excel in work with vulnerable and younger clients.”
Helen White of our Rotherham Office was also mentioned “has experience in protest-related and trade union experiences, contributing to the team’s broad range of expertise.”
In addition to the ranking, the Criminal Defence department received glowing testimonials from peers outside of the firm, with statements such as
“They work very hard for their clients”
“The individual who stands out is Chris Wong – Chris works around the clock and through the weekends to ensure that his client’s cases are trial ready, and thinks outside the box to ensure all available avenues are investigated and exhausted.”
“Their criminal defence work is varied and extensive; what is consistent is their ongoing and unbending dedication to protecting the rights of defendants before the criminal courts.”
Family Law Team Ranking
The ever expanding Family Law team at Howells were ranked in the Legal 500 tier 2, with specific mentions of Partner Alyson Siddall and head of Children Law Sarah Walker.
Legal 500 state “Howells fields a substantial family team, which also features eight Children Panel members and five Resolution accredited panel members.
“Practice head Alyson Siddall is a key name for high-value financial work, advising clients in high-net-worth cases involving significant assets and pensions.
“Elsewhere in the practice, Sarah Walker has a notable regional reputation for handling complex care proceedings and is regularly instructed by guardians.”
Senior family law Solicitor John Clegg received a professional testimonial stating “Particularly well known and respected for children and finance work. He is one of a handful of solicitors in the city who still does finance legal aid work.”
Accident & Personal Injury Ranking
Our Accident & Personal Injury department ranked in the Legal 500 5th tier, and senior solicitor Sharon Rinaldi received a glowing, professional testimonial, stating “Sharon Rinaldi is very approachable and committed to her clients and cases. She approaches matters sensibly and with care.”
Civil Liberties & Medical Negligence Ranking
Both Civil Liberties and Medical Negligence were ranked in the Legal 500 4th tier. Civil Liberties were noted for reputation and experience with cases involving cases against the Police, Judicial reviews and immigration issues. The Legal 500 also noted the teams work in representing a client during a claim of appeal in the Supreme Court.
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