We thank our clients for providing kind and helpful commentary around our ranked departments in this year’s Legal 500 2022 legal directory. The firm received fantastic commentary around the ranked teams and have been noted for their excellence and high level of client satisfaction.
Our dispute resolution team remain tier 1 with Paul Marmor noted as a “Leading Individual” and Barney Laurence noted as a “Next Generation Partner” in Beds, Bucks, Herts and Middx. The team are recognised for their considerable expertise in the banking, recruitment and franchising sectors, providing “City skills and know-how” across a broad range of complex disputes. The client feedback also highlights their Russian, Ukrainian and CIS-related work, as well as other cross-border matters, particularly in relation to China, the US and French-speaking countries. Partner Karen Dobson is recognised for her insolvency and banking and finance-related litigation work “outstanding insolvency litigator who always delivers an excellent service” and Gregory Pooler for professional negligence claims “proactive, knowledgeable, willing and able to go the extra mile”.
The corporate and commercial team also retain their tier 1 ranking. They are noted for their wide range of clients including local, national and international clients, particularly owner managed businesses, on mergers, acquisitions and disposals, private equity transactions. The practice is recognised for its strong focus in the franchising and recruitment sectors. Lead by Partner Leigh Head clients say “he has the ability to break down legal language into simple terms. He is always very patient, calm when the pressure is on and gets us across the line every time”. Partner Kiall Bagnell “works hard to deliver the right result quickly and with an eye to contain fees charged. He was able to take ownership on a deal and drive it to completion delivering for me, the client, with clear and concise advice”.
Our tier 1 ranked employment team have received glowing commentary with Partner and Head Mark Fellows notes as a “Leading Individual” and Joanne Perry noted as a “Next Generation Partner”. The research highlights the teams notable expertise in the recruitment sector, also advising a range of clients in retail, hospitality and leisure and the wide variety of employment work they cover. Clients say Joanne Perry is a “standout partner- She is simply excellent. We don’t make any employment/HR decisions without consulting her first for her brilliant legal and commercial guidance”. Mark Fellows “epitomises professionalism. He always suggests sensible, pragmatic and realistic courses of action, managing client expectation superbly throughout. Both knowledgeable and commercially sensitive, he communicates extremely effectively on all levels. He is exceptionally approachable and good humoured”.
The private client team are noted for their internationally focused private client work including will preparation, tax planning and complex probate work and estate planning issues and remain tier 1. The team are recognised for their international client base across North America, Europe and Asia. Senior solicitor Donna Payne is listed as a “rising star”. The team received some excellent feedback clients say “The individuals we work with are friendly and easily accessible, which added to their breadth of knowledge and experience. Gives confidence that they are providing the quality service you need”. “Nicole Marmor explains all so we are not confused by legal documentation. We trust in her completely”.
The commercial property teams in St Albans and London were also ranked highly. The research highlights their experience in the retail and hospitality, franchising, leisure and healthcare sectors, advising clients on all commercial property matters. Partner Terry Fendt and Stephanie Kierans are noted for their extensive expertise in the retail sector and excellent client service “They keep you informed the whole way, always happy to pick up the phone and discuss matters. Provide excellent client service”. Clients say “When it comes to commercial property transactions, Charles Hodder and Isabel Wolfe Barry stand out for their knowledge, experience and tenacity to get the deal done”.