Following the publication of the Legal 500 2021 directory, Ashfords has once more been positioned as an outstanding leading law firm with rankings in 37 practice areas.
The Legal 500 provides comprehensive coverage on the best law firms and legal professionals, assessing the strengths of law firms in over 100 jurisdictions. The firm has received top tier rankings in eight practice areas: Corporate and Commercial, Employment, Insolvency & Corporate Recovery, Contentious Trusts & Probate, Shipping, Sport, Social Housing and IT & Telecoms.
Ashfords' London presence has also significantly increased reflecting the firm's commitment to the market with rankings in M&A: smaller deals up to £50m, Venture Capital, Commercial Litigation: mid-market, Charities and not for profit, Local Government, Construction (non contentious), Property Litigation, Social Housing (local authorities and registered providers) and Trade Mark attorneys.
Two of Ashfords’ Partners, Andrew 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 68 of Ashfords’ lawyers were mentioned by name in Legal 500 UK commentary for their standout contribution to respective practices, including 4 next generation partners and 8 Rising stars with 12 partners recommended as 'Leading Individuals' in their field:
- Angus Bauer (Corporate Tax)
- Andrew Betteridge (Corporate & Commercial & Venture Capital)
- Paul Butterworth (Social Housing)
- Rebecca Dury (Banking & Finance)
- Chris Dyson (Venture Capital)
- Brian Farrell (Energy, Project Finance and PFI)
- Sian Gibbon (Social Housing & Property Litigation)
- Stephen Homer (Construction)
- Rory Mac Neice (Sport)
- David Richardson (Planning)
- Carl Steele (IP)
- Louise Workman (Corporate & Commercial)
Ashfords' CEO, Louise Workman commented: "This is another great year for the firm. These rankings highlight Ashfords' high level of client service, reinforcing and verifying the strength and depth of expertise that we provide them.
"At Ashfords, our clients tell us we stand out for being commercially attuned to their needs, giving advice that is rooted in a wider appreciation of the world in which they are living and working. We are proud to continue providing this high level of service to our clients as they navigate this unprecedented period."
The full Legal 500 rankings and accompanying editorial are available online here.