Penningtons Manches Cooper’s high levels of client care have been brought to the fore in the 2020 edition of Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession, which is regarded as a leading source of legal market intelligence nationwide. The new directory, published on 10 October 2019, cites a long line of testimonials acknowledging the firm’s ‘absolutely fantastic service’ and ‘very sound advice’.
Overall 34 of Penningtons Manches Cooper’s practice area teams have been recommended in the publication. Coveted band 1 rankings have been secured by the clinical negligence, corporate, family, intellectual property, personal injury and real estate departments while there have been strong performances by a broad spectrum of other teams spanning services for both businesses and individuals, including employment, immigration, information technology, pensions, real estate litigation, shipping and travel.
Lawyers across the firm’s UK offices have also excelled individually, with 69 listed as leaders in their field. Particular reference should be made to consultant Julie Bond who is ranked in the senior statesperson category and lauded as an eminent figure in the commercial litigation market. Twelve other lawyers have been commended with band 1 rankings: Hilary Aldred (employment), Alison Appelboam Meadows (clinical negligence), Simon Bickerdike (corporate), Stephanie Code (clinical negligence), Kerry Fretwell (family), Veronica Gilmour (family), Ruth James (family), Philippa Luscombe (clinical negligence and personal injury), Jane Mitchell (family), Maria Riccio (pensions), Chris Shelley (intellectual property) and David Tighe (corporate).
Alongside high praise for the service provided by different departments, with testimonials such as ‘their advice, support and success rate on cases is flawless’, ‘they are great at client care, and go the extra mile to make sure clients understand what’s going on’, ‘it’s a dynamic firm with talented staff that make the difference’ and ‘they’re hands-on and they come up with alternative solutions which are practical and digestible’, many clients have expressed how much they enjoy working with different lawyers at Penningtons Manches Cooper and value their personal input.
Comments such as ‘his empathy with clients is remarkable’ (Warren Collins, personal injury), ‘not only professional but extremely personable (David Bickford, employment), ‘she has a lovely manner and clients really love her’ (Veronica Gilmour, family), ‘exactly the sort of person you want standing by your side (Will Axtell, corporate), and ‘a delight to work with’ (Emma Davies, litigation) are typical of many.
Chambers UK reports on law firms in 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. The publication has a team of 85 experienced researchers who provide a wealth of market insight across all geographic areas.
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