The 2018 Chambers UK directory has just been released and ranks the leading law firms in the country. The guide covers 50 cities and counties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. London, being the UK’s largest legal market, has the most in-depth coverage.
Bircham Dyson Bell has been recognised across 11 disciplines, with 18 lawyers individually recognised. This follows the firm’s recent rankings in The Chambers High Net Worth guide.
Andrew Smith, Managing Partner, comments:
‘We are delighted to have been recognised across the board in the latest Chambers UK directory rankings. This reflects our commitment to providing the highest level of service to our clients and the hard work and dedication of our lawyers.’
Within Public Sector Law and Governance: ‘As a team, they are very cohesive’ and ‘very highly competent.’ They are also ‘very supportive’ and ‘willing to pull out all of the stops.’ Richard Langley has ‘an excellent understanding of the law’ and is ‘able to provide clear advice and explain it to individuals who aren’t lawyers.’
Within Agriculture and Rural Affairs: ‘Bircham Dyson Bell have specialists in key areas, with departments able to link trust matters to property matters. They are well resourced, knowledgeable and practical.’ They are ‘good practitioners who know the score.’ Christopher Findley has ‘in-depth experience and technical knowledge set against a background of a practical and down-to-earth approach.’ Henry Cecil: ‘He’s very pleasant to deal with, and if you were a client it would be good to have him.’
Within Charities: ‘Bircham Dyson Bell has an impressive and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the charity sector and provides practical advice and excellent administrative support.’ The team are ‘extremely capable, very client-focused and true professionals – a real joy to work with.’ Nicola Evans is ‘absolutely brilliant.’ Penny Chapman has ‘an extremely valuable depth of knowledge of charity law and practice’ and has a high level of ‘commercial awareness, client service and responsiveness’ as key strengths. Simon Weil: ‘He is an experienced charities lawyer who knows his stuff.’
Within Family and Matrimonial: ‘First-rate client care and ability to get the job done effectively in a timely manner and at a fair cost.’ ‘It was fantastic – everything worked very well. I was highly impressed with the quality of the service.’ Lisa Bolger Smith: ‘very sensible and smart, with a high level of empathy.’
Within Parliamentary Agency and Public Affairs: ‘Pragmatic and commercial advice, and excellent service.’ ‘Their parliamentary agency expertise is particularly helpful.’ Nick Brown: ‘commercial and pragmatic.’
Within Planning: ‘They’re a market leader in infrastructure work.’ ‘They have an excellent working relationship with the planning inspectorate, they introduce junior members of the team and they don’t foist expensive partners on you. They’re excellent.’ Angus Walker: ‘Walking encyclopaedia’ and ‘one of the market’s leading infrastructure lawyers.’ Mark Challis: ‘Really pleased with his performance.’ Sarah Clark: ‘Sharp, effective, with a superb bedside manner and a flexibility of style which enables her to lead and shape events easily.’
Within Private Client: ‘Well known for traditional private client work and a good player in the market.’ ‘The firm has a very good reputation in private client, and justly so – they have a very strong client base and look after their clients very well.’ ‘They’re a strong team in both contentious and non-contentious matters.’
Within Real Estate (Lower Mid-Market): ‘They are absolutely fantastic. Whatever the issue, there is always someone there who knows the answer. The information they provide is of the highest quality and their response time is excellent. The whole team have great people skills and totally inspire confidence on every level. Their service delivery is excellent.’ ‘They’re excellent value for money – they’ve got expertise in all the areas that we require. We use them as our one-stop shop.’ Jonathan Fewster: ‘Superb technical advice and great people skills.’
Within Transport: Rail: Planning and Authorisation: ‘They are a very good team.’ ‘They’re experts in the field.’ ‘The team has a high level of expertise in the specialist fields of parliamentary proceedings and infrastructure projects.’