As the Legal 500, the leading guide to law firms in the UK publishes its law firm rankings for 2017 Clapham & Collinge Solicitors are delighted to be recognised as a 'leading law firm' in 11 practice areas, with 22 lawyers recommended in the publication, 1 lawyer in the elite 'leading lawyers' list and client praise of 'an excellent team of lawyers across its office network'.
Andrea Smith, Marketing Executive said "achieving recommendations across all service areas we offer is a real achievement for the firm, we thank our clients, contacts and legal 500 research team for the feedback they have given. Our clients can be assured that we are committed to delivering excellent client care and we are always looking at ways to improve the level of the service we provide. We look forward to another exciting year of business growth."
Clapham & Collinge corporate and commercial team in Norwich acts for a growing range of local business owners and provides an extensive range of commercial services. Commercial solicitor Jade Tinney is valued for her 'patient persistence and amazing ability to work all hours' and Legal executive Jack Shreeve 'has a broad brief covering property matters alongside business sales and acquisitions' The team receives further recommendation for their commercial property work with 'pragmatic' senior partner Hugh Berridge who has more than 25 years' experience in commercial property and Jade Tinney who also handles property matters as part of her broad commercial practice.
The Legal 500 recommended work practices for the commercial litigation, property litigation and debt recovery teams, described as 'the breadth and depth of knowledge in the commercial litigation team'. The publication states 'The firm has four offices across East Anglia but Norwich is the main hub for its dispute resolution practice, led by respected litigator Mark Kermez' recommended lawyer mentions also go to consultant solicitor Michael Olmer and partner Phillip Lumb.
Our employment team earns praise for providing 'invaluable help both professionally and emotionally'. The team consists of 'very helpful' consulting barrister Neil Ashley (who 'has extensive knowledge of employment briefs and makes sure clients are informed at every stage'), litigator Mark Kermez who's 'industry knowledge is strong and communication is excellent', 'organised and professional' paralegal Natalie Smith. The team expanded in the early part of 2017 with the recruitment of legal executive Nicola Strefford who has 13 years' experience in both private practice and local government and now leads the employment team.
Praise continues across our private client teams with mentions to Tammy Parnell, partner and head of contentious trusts and probate for providing 'excellent service and respects timescales and costs' and is 'very understanding and approachable, giving a personal service and answering clients' questions quickly and efficiently'. Tammy expanded the team to include consultant Michael Olmer – who has more than 15 years' litigation experience – and partner Philip Lumb, who has in-depth knowledge of European and international wills and trusts law.
The Wills, trusts and probate team in Norwich and across East Anglia is recognised as 'an excellent team of lawyers' across its office network. 'The friendly and highly experienced team of skilled negotiators who see the problem in the round and think well beyond the legal factors'. 'The team is based in Norwich but the Sheringham and North Walsham offices also house significant expertise in private client matters'. Recommended members of the Sheringham and North Walsham teams include legal executives Lesley Ward, Susan Dawe who has 'excellent client skills' and solicitor Kerri-Anne Watson.
The Norwich team is run by 'Top-quality private client lawyer' and Court of Protection deputy Lin Whitehead, who is also recommended in the elite 'Leading Lawyer' list for Private client - Personal tax, trusts and probate for the region of East Anglia. The team continue the firm's reputation as 'the go-to firm for all things related to dementia'. Recommended members to the Norwich office include Ben Lowe, 'very knowledgeable' solicitors Jennifer Nash and Lauren Abbs, who are 'excellent at client care'.
Finally in Charity Law, Neale Grearson leads the team and brings together specialist commercial and property lawyers including senior partner Hugh Berridge, 'pleasant, helpful and efficient' solicitor Jade Tinney and consultants Michael Olmer and Chris King.