National law firm Ashfords LLP has increased its top tier rankings in this year's Legal 500 to nine, including: Contentious Trusts and Probate; Corporate and Commercial (Dorset, Devon and Cornwall); Employment (Dorset, Devon and Cornwall); IT and Telecoms; Insolvency and Corporate Recovery; Intellectual Property; Shipping; Social Housing and Sport.
Alongside the nine top tier ranking, the firm has also achieved 34 rankings in a range of practice areas. The Agriculture and Estates, EU and Competition, Media and Entertainment teams have moved up to tier 2 from tier 3 last year and our Corporate and Commercial (Dorset, Devon and Cornwall) and Intellectual Property teams have moved up to tier 1 from tier 2 last year. Ashfords' London-based team has continued to strengthen its position with seven rankings in their practice areas, including new entries for Construction (Non-contentious) and Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency (Firms to watch).
Two of Ashfords’ Partners, Andy Braithwaite (Intellectual Property) and David Pomeroy (Insolvency & Corporate Recovery), were included in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame which highlights individuals who have received praise over the past decade for continued excellence.
A total of 35 of Ashfords’ lawyers were ranked and 12 lawyers were named as Rising Stars. These include:
- Anusheh Burcher (Commercial Litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall)
- Jenny Marley (Employment: Bristol)
- Jonathan Hickman (Agriculture and Estates)
- Su Apps: Employment (Dorset, Devon and Cornwall)
- Kirsty Cooke (Immigration)
- Barny Croft (Contentious Trusts and Probate)
- Samantha Newton (Family)
- Ben Tarrant (Health)
- Lara Moore (Planning)
- Marjorie Batten (Hill) (Property litigation)
- Isabelle Clement (Social Housing)
- Joanne Saye (Sport)
Ashfords' CEO, Louise Workman commented: "We are delighted with our rankings in this year's Legal 500. These rankings emphasise Ashfords' high level of client service, reinforcing and verifying the strength and depth of expertise that we provide them. It is also great to see our London team achieving rankings in new practice areas, highlighting our high level of service to our client across London and the South West."