What Legal 500 says about us

In the latest Legal 500 guide, regarded as the Who’s Who of the legal industry, Baines Wilson is recognised as a leading Cumbrian law firm, placing us in their top tiers for Corporate and Commercial, Commercial Property and Dispute Resolution. The Employment team were recognised as well, being placed in tier 3, with no other Cumbrian law firm ahead of them.

Here’s what the Legal 500 had to say about our teams and lawyers:


‘very professional and thorough’

The team provides ‘rock-solid’ corporate and commercial advice

Kate Parker is ‘very good’

Andrew Hill is ‘insightful and very knowledgeable’ and ‘provides pragmatic and commercially sound advice in a clear manner’

Commercial Property

Baines Wilson LLP’s ‘strong’ team is considered to be ‘one of the best in the Carlisle and Cumbria area’.

‘extensive knowledge’

‘good turn-around times’

‘prompt, accurate and commercially astute advice’

‘excellent attention to detail’.

Sean Logue is an ‘Excellent communicator’ and is praised as being ‘commercially minded’ and ‘efficient’.

The ‘commercially focused’ Duncan Harty ‘gets things resolved’ and is another key individual of the team.

Partner Laura Barnfield is ‘recommended’; her sector expertise spans housing, industrial, energy, education, health and retail.


‘professional and dedicated’

The team provides ‘reliable advice’ and is praised as ‘communicating appropriately and effectively’

Tom Scaife is regularly called upon to assist with employment law matters pertaining to business sales and acquisitions.

Joanne Holborn is ‘confident and trustworthy’ and demonstrates particular expertise handling sickness absence and rehabilitation matters.

Dispute Resolution

Baines Wilson LLP has a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice headed by Elizabeth Black, who is experienced in handling breach of contract claims, claims arising from commercial supply and distribution agreements, warranty claims as well as partnership and shareholder disputes.





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