Law firm Furley Page celebrates best ever results in The Legal 500 rankings

19th October 2017

Kent law firm Furley Page is celebrating its best ever results in the annual rankings published by The Legal 500 2017 awards, a top independent national guide to excellence in the legal sector.

Outstanding individual performances by 24 lawyers are highlighted, while Furley Page is also recommended in 11 practice areas.

Among the 24 is David Hall, Partner and Head of Property Dispute Resolution, who has retained his place in the elite ‘Leading Lawyers’ list of outstanding lawyers nationwide, a position he was elevated to two years ago.

Members of Furley Page’s renowned disputes resolution team are praised – they are Senior Partner Peter Hawkes, Partner George Crofton-Martin, Associate Natasha Biggs and Legal Adviser Alex Hargrove.

Clients say Peter is noted for his “commercial wisdom and ability to think laterally”, while George is “excellent and takes time to understand the client’s needs”. Natasha is said to “give clients real confidence with her strong knowledge”.

Partner and Head of Corporate, Susan Jennings is personally rated for her work in leading the corporate and commercial team, with clients hailing her “impressive corporate knowledge”. Partner Tony Chester is recognised for his corporate work and also his expertise in the area of charities and not-for-profit.

Also recommended by The Legal 500 are commercial property specialists Managing Partner and Head of Real Estate, Jeremy Licence and Partners Andrew Gough and Liz Brady. Clients describe Liz as “highly skilled”.

In addition to retaining his place in the Leading Lawyers’ list, David Hall is also ranked for his work in property litigation.

Partner Andrew Masters is head of the employment team and he is “very attentive to clients and has excellent attention to detail”, say clients. Senior Associate Amanda Okill is praised for her employment expertise and also for her work in charities and not-for-profit.

Members of Furley Page’s private client team singled out for praise this year include Head of Private Client Harvey Barrett, Partners Sarah Bogard, Aaron Spencer and Nicola August, Head of Vulnerable Client, together with Senior Solicitor Nicola Hopper, Senior Associate Alexandra Gordon (named as a ‘next generation’ lawyer) and Senior Legal Adviser Nicholas Andrews.

Harvey is described as “professional and empathetic”, while Aaron is said to have “great experience in the sector”. Nicola Hopper earns plaudits for her “calm and considered approach”. Clients say Alexandra is “engaging and able to put across information in an easily digestible manner”.

The highly-respected agriculture and rural business team is represented in The Legal 500 rankings with the inclusion of Senior Associate Ethan Desai and the “highly knowledgeable” Consultant Christopher Wacher.

In the personal injury team, Partner and head of team, Neille Ryan, Senior Associate Robert Harvey and 'next generation' lawyer, and Chartered Legal Executive Ross Rowland are all recognised, with Neille’s experience said to be “wide ranging and also covers niche and cross over areas like abuse and state-failing claims”.

In addition to the excellence shown by these individual lawyers, Furley Page is recommended in the practice areas of corporate and commercial, commercial litigation, debt recovery, employment, personal injury, agriculture and estates, commercial property, property litigation, and insolvency and corporate recovery.

Also highly rated are the private client teams specialising in charities and not-for-profit, and personal tax, trust and probate.

Senior Partner Peter Hawkes says: “It is a remarkable achievement to see so many of our talented and dedicated lawyers earning national recognition for their tireless work and expertise. Each day we strive to provide our clients with the highest quality service and we’re proud for this to be recognised by this highly-respected guide.”

 

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