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Legal 'Bible' Ranks Thrings Top
Thrings has been named as a Band One firm for corporate law, litigation, agriculture and rural affairs, environment, family law and personal injury in the 2014 edition of Chambers UK.
Seen as ‘the bible’ for identifying the best lawyers and firms in the UK across 100 different sectors, it is the most in-depth review of the professional available.
The Chambers Band One accolade follows the firm’s Top Tier ranking for agriculture and estates in the recent Legal 500 law directory, published in September.
The litigation team, which is led by managing partner Simon Holdsworth, is known for being a strong commercial litigation group with praised debt recovery, financial services litigation, professional negligence and contentious probate capabilities. Significant clients include MAN Truck and Bus, Citipost AMP, Intrinsic Financial Services, CMS Supertrack and CFH Total Document Management.
The corporate law team retained their Band One ranking again for 2014. John Davies, who is a Corporate Partner and head of the Swindon office, was identified as being ‘incredible’ and working determinedly on behalf of his clients. Cited as significant successes was the team’s work advising the management in a buyout of Excalibur, as well as their work for Watson Petroleum and MAN Truck and Bus UK. Their knowledge and expertise in acquisitions, divestments and restructures were highlighted as particular strengths.
Based in the Swindon office, the family and matrimonial law team, headed by Fiona Kellow, received Band One ranking. The team has been recognized for their work particularly with high net worth financial disputes and international child abduction.
With strong expertise in brain and serious injury cases, the personal injury team achieved Band One ranking, which is headed up in Swindon by Huw Ponting, who, along with Neil Elliott, were highlighted as leaders in their field.
The Swindon real estate team was also recognized for their knowledge on commercial development matters, leisure, financial institutions and pension property fund investment and residential.
Head of the south west real estate practice, Colin Stratton, was named as a notable practitioner for his work with residential developers on strategic land transactions and negotiating promotion agreements. The team is known for their expertise on residential development matters as well as corporate occupier transactions and received special mention for their work on the sale of leasehold and freehold properties in Bath for WIA Group and DSP (Bath), totaling in excess of £3.1 million.
Simon Holdsworth, managing partner, said: “Chambers is one of the most prestigious legal directories in the UK, as well as across the globe. For so many of our talented lawyers to feature in this year’s edition, as well as having the environment team recognized for the first time, is excellent news and well-deserved recognition of the talent, skill and dedication of our colleagues.”