Top Legal Industry Recognition for Smith Partnership

We are delighted that once again, our legal expertise has been recognised by the Legal 500, recommending us in 10 practice areas and 15 recommended lawyers.

In addition, we are extremely pleased that our family team has this year been recognised as Top Tier, making them the only Derby Family department to be given this recognition.

The family team ‘is well regarded for both public law children and financial remedy work’. Ruth Jones is ‘sensitive but forthright, and does not waste costs in pursuing blind alleys’. Muctar Johal is ‘a first port of call for guardians in care proceedings’.

Corporate and Commercial: The ‘excellent’ department at Smith Partnership handles a mix of MBOs, restructurings, and acquisitions for SMEs. Fiona Boxwell ‘quickly grasps the nature of the client’s business’, and Fraser Cunningham is ‘personable, and can take the commercial view’.

Crime and Fraud: The ‘efficient’ team at Smith Partnership includes Kevin McGrath, who has built a superb reputation for corporate defence work, including assisting in relation to wrongful trading and HMRC prosecutions. McGrath also has a niche in challenging the enforcement powers of fire authorities under the Fire Safety Order 2005.

Dispute ResolutionSmith Partnership is valued for its ‘attention to detail, and willingness to challenge and suggest courses of action’. Russell Davies’ ‘superb’ team recently won significant instructions from Enterprise Inns, Daisy plc, Bostik and Sovereign Chemicals. Bally Atwal is ‘thorough, with a pleasant manner

Personal tax, trusts and probate: The ‘caring and professional’ team at Smith Partnership includes Simon Richardson, who ‘fully understands the client’s needs’; and Lesley Wilson, who is ‘a credit to the profession’.

Real Estate: Jason Wood’s team at Smith Partnership delivers ‘excellent knowledge and advice’, particularly in the healthcare and aviation sectors. Associate Rashid Ali is ‘very capable, commercially aware, and personable’.

Debt Recovery: At Smith Partnership, team head Claire Twells ‘always goes the extra mile’. In 2012, the firm processed £23m worth of debt for clients such as Bostik. The group also has a niche in recovering debt for educational institutions.

Employment: New client wins for James Johnson’s team at Smith Partnership include Wolsey Group. Associate Louise Haward is recommended for complex TUPE issues.