Warners is celebrating another successful set of rankings in the well known guide to the legal profession, Chambers and Partners UK.
For the first time Warners’ agricultural team has been ranked in Band 1 in a highly competitive category. This matches the top ranking that it received in Legal 500 earlier in the year. The guide’s researchers reported that an interviewee describes them as “friendly, with a reassuring air of professionalism and confidence”. The team is praised for its “good grasp and understanding of complex matters and ability to deliver a clear, considered opinion”. The guide recommends Steve Colville who is described as being “very good, very solid and giving good advice”. He is also described as “a very able practitioner who works with you, rather than against you”.
Once again Warners’ family team has been ranked in Band 2 with the guide describing it as “a skilled, multi-talented team working with cross-border clients on financial remedies and Children Act proceedings. Head of the team Rayma Collins is praised for her “sensible and pragmatic approach”. Sources say Partner, Mathew Aves is “thorough, to the point”.
The real estate litigation team is picked out as being one of the best in the whole of the South. According to the guide, clients find the team to be “prompt, knowledgeable and thorough”. Head of the team, Robert Twining, maintains his rank in the guide, sources comment on the fact that he “achieves results without being unnecessarily aggressive”, and clients enjoy that he “tells us how it is”.
As well as the top ranking achieved by the agricultural team, 14 individuals have been recognised for their legal expertise. Jonathan Roberts is ranked in Band 1 for Corporate/M&A: SME/owner-managed businesses in the South. The guide describes him as being particularly adept at handling a range of acquisitions and disposals involving owner-managed businesses. Sources describe him as “reliable and unfazed by anything”.
Earlier in the year Warners’ private client team was ranked in the new Chambers and Partners High Net Worth (HNW) guide. The guide reports that a source said, “The level of service has been excellent; we always felt that the team were working in our best interests at all times and that they were constantly communicating in order to make the process fluid”.
Tax specialist Philip Raggett is ranked alongside Mary Shaw, who is described as “a person of high integrity, very competent and very experienced”, and Richard Theobald, who clients describe as being “absolutely fantastic, very knowledgeable and very helpful. We have had total confidence in his handling of the whole process. In terms of his business knowledge, affability and responsiveness to any questions raised he is excellent”.
Senior Partner Mark Davis said: “The Chambers and Partners guide is a well regarded source of information for clients and referrers. I’m delighted to see that we have built on our previous ranks and we continue to be seen as a leading firm in our specialist areas”.