Furley Page celebrates outstanding results in Chambers UK 2016

10th November 2015

Exceptional work by teams and individual lawyers reflected in rankings for leading Kent law firm

Teams and individual lawyers at law firm Furley Page have achieved an outstanding set of results in the annual rankings published by the UK’s independent national legal guide, Chambers UK – with one grateful client describing the firm as “my legal rock”.

Ten lawyers have been personally ranked for their exceptional services to clients, while Chambers UK has praised Furley Page teams operating in nine specialised areas.

The Corporate Team is identified as a real force in the market and is ranked at the highest level for SME and owner-managed business. Client comments include: “They always seem to cut through the sea of detail to identify and fix the core issues efficiently”. Partner and Head of Corporate Susan Jennings, who is personally ranked, is praised by one client as “my legal rock”.

The Dispute Resolution Team, described by the review as “highly respected” and “a regional firm that really punches above its weight,” is now ranked among the top national and regional heavyweights in the South East, covering Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The team’s litigation offering supports clients in the construction, manufacturing and education sectors. “Extremely good. They know their stuff and are well prepared” is one comment.

Senior Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution Peter Hawkes, who is personally ranked, is praised by clients as “very thorough, knowledgeable and practical”. The team’s George Crofton-Martin is described as “really thorough and a pleasure to work with”.

The Real Estate Team has an excellent reputation for advising on commercial property services. “They are very responsive and knowledgeable and they are good value for money for the great service that you get” was one client’s verdict. Partner and Head of Real Estate Jeremy Licence is personally ranked, with clients appreciating his knowledge and practical style. One said: “He is able to explain complex legal stuff to people who don’t understand it”.

Furley Page’s Real Estate Litigation Team is praised for its skilled resolution of disputes involving landlords and tenants. Property litigator Jeremy Ferris, who is personally ranked, benefits from a decade of experience as a chartered surveyor.

Clients say that the firm’s Employment Team “gives reasoned responses and always offer options regarding which course of action you can take”. Partner and Head of Employment Andrew Masters, personally ranked at band one, is highly regarded for his education sector expertise. He impresses clients with his “wealth of experience and common-sense approach”. Amanda Okill is named as an Associate to watch.

The Personal Injury Team – a consistently strong performer in the Chambers UK rankings – continues to excel and is rated at the highest level. One client says they are “relentless, fruitful and tight-knit. I can’t fault the service I received”. Team leader and Partner Neille Ryan is top ranked. He “worked tirelessly over a period of three years to deliver the perfect outcome” for his client, according to a market source. Partner Michael Longmore is also top ranked.

Furley Page’s widely respected Agricultural and Rural Affairs Team is regarded as a recognised practitioner by Chambers UK, while the same accolade is given to the Private Client Team.

Peter Hawkes said he was delighted to see that Furley Page continued to be regarded as leaders in their field across so many sectors. “Our policy of developing and strengthening our teams has helped to produce these excellent results. We strive to provide our clients with the highest quality service and we’re proud for this to be recognised by Chambers UK,” he said.


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