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Chambers & Partners Legal Guide

We are pleased to say that we have been rated as the top corporate law firm in Cumbria again in the Chambers 2015 Guide, and one of the best in the North West.

Also we are delighted that our Employment and Commercial Property departments are ranked as amongst the best in the North West.


The Guide states that our Corporate Department is an “established presence in the Cumbrian corporate market, acting for clients across a broad range of local industry sectors … advises a range of listed companies and management-owned businesses on M&A transactions”.

Clients are quoted by Chambers as saying:-

“They are incredibly thorough, clearly laying out their expectations at the start of a case, and quick to spot all of the important issues.  I am always impressed by their work”.

Also; “their attention to detail is excellent, as is their understanding of the legal aspects – they grasp things very quickly, and are incredibly thorough”.

The department’s key lawyers, Andrew Hill and John Wilson are both praised.

Andrew Hill “demonstrates clear thinking and a pragmatic manner to keep things in perspective” and John Wilson is described as, “an impressive lawyer, with a good business brain”.  Others add, “he is very good at customer liaison, and laying out what he will do for a client in a case”.


This department is also ranked amongst the best in the North West. Employment partner, Joanne Holborn, and Tom Scaife are also recommended.

Joanne is “especially renowned for her management of matters related to sickness, rehabilitation and severe grievances.”

Clients appreciate Tom Scaife‘s approach to his work: “He was very approachable and added an extra value to the case. He went to greater lengths than the scope of the initial retainer and he was very personable as well.”

Commercial Property

The Real Estate Department, headed by Sean Logue, is also recommended.

Clients stated:-

“They stand out for their knowledge, technical expertise and pragmatism.  Between us, we can work out solutions and a way forward on interesting, difficult transactions”.

Chambers indicate that the department is “known for its expertise on matters ranging from investment and development work to transactional work and additionally property finance and estate management”.

Managing Partner, John Wilson comments:-

“We are again delighted to be ranked as the top corporate firm in Cumbria and one of the best in the North West.  Similarly to have other key departments recognised in the North West top bands is pleasing, as is the recognition of some of our individual lawyers.

As always, we thank again our clients and contacts for their support in this regard, which is much appreciated”.

We are going through a period of unprecedented growth, having appointed nine lawyers during the calendar year 2014 so far, with two more to join between now and Christmas.

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