Our best year yet in Legal 500

We are delighted to have been recognised again as a leading law firm with a reputation for being clear, approachable and very experienced in this year’s Legal 500 report, the annual guide to UK law firms.  We have achieved their best results in the 2017 Legal 500, earning recognition across the East Midlands within every category entered.

Celebrating our 30th birthday this month, we have been moving up the rankings in the Legal 500 report year on year and is very excited to have recorded our best year ever, maintaining the position offering one of the only Family and Crime legal services team in Leicester with Legal 500 ‘Top Tier’ status.

A first time entry was made for Professional negligence and we have ranked at a tier 3 which is brilliant news.  

A special mention should be given to those in the firm recognised as leading individuals, Muctar Johal has retained his Leading individual status - ‘Effective advocate’ and childcare team head Muctar Johal is ‘adept at handling the most complex cases involving children’; ‘skilled and subtle negotiator

This years results are:

1.         Corporate and commercial. Corporate and commercial, Nottingham and Derby – Tier 3                   

2.         Crime, Fraud and Licensing. Crime, Fraud – Tier 2

3.         Crime, Fraud and Licensing. Crime, General – Tier 1

4.         Dispute Resolution. Commercial Litigation, Nottingham and Derby – Tier 3

5.         Dispute Resolution. Debt Recovery – Tier 2

6.         Finance. Insolvency and Corporate Recovery – Tier 3

7.         Human Resources. Employment – Tier 3

8.         Private Client.  Contentious trusts and probate – Tier 3

9.        Private Client. Family – Tier 1

10.       Real Estate. Commercial Property, Nottingham and Derby – Tier 3

11.       Real Estate. Property Litigation – Tier 3

12.       TMT. Sport – Tier 2        

13.       Transport. Transport – 2

14.       Insurance – Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence: Claimant – Tier 3.

15.       Professional Negligence: - Tier 3 – First ever submission 

It is also clear from the report that the focus we place on customer service has remained central to the way it works today, as it has since it was established 30 years ago!

We take pride in delivering excellent service and building long lasting relationships with clients, with the Legal 500 reflecting this belief with a commendation of having a stand-out reputation for openness, friendliness and no-nonsense straight-talking, quoting us as “great with clients”.

The Legal 500 is an annual guide to all law firms in the UK, aimed at buyers of legal services, to see who is leading the way in the profession, naming both practises and individuals. Law firms are invited to submit their details each year, with expert researchers interviewing lawyers and clients to grade each firm.

The aim of the Legal 500 is to build up a detailed bank of information, as well as an insight into law firms that excel in a variety of respective fields. The Law firms are then ranked in a number of league tables by legal discipline, such as crime, employment law or family law with leading individuals in each field also listed.

Russell Davies, Partner at Smith Partnership said:  “Our performance this year has exceeded all our expectations again and we are so pleased for our teams of professionals, who work so hard every day for our clients, across all areas of private and commercial law.  The Legal 500 quote us as “Smith Partnership’s ‘very experienced’ team is led by the Head of Business Services, Russell Davies, who is especially noted for his expertise in contractual disputes and insolvency litigation. Also recommended are Bally Atwal and Claire Twells.”

“Legal 500 gives us a benchmark of where we are as a law firm and this year's rankings shows we are continuing to compete strongly, in a very competitive market.

“To retain being one of the only Family and Crime legal services team in Derby with Legal 500 ‘Top Tier’ status is an amazing achievement and I want to thank both teams for this great performance.  The Legal 500 quote our Family team as being “professional and knowledgably” and the Crime team are quoted as having ‘a vast array of dedicated and knowledgeable criminal lawyers, who work tirelessly for their clients’.

“I also want to thank the Business Development team for actioning our brand awareness strategy over the years, with massive strides achieved in social media, regional print media presence and strengthening partnerships. For example, the team has continued to develop the relationship with Marketing Derby and we became the first Official Partner of Marketing Derby - being at the forefront at all their events across the UK, to promote the City and the East Midlands via the power of three Campaign.”

Smith Partnership offers a full range of legal services to help clients manage the most important events in their lives; with sensible planning to ensure peace of mind and legal protection.

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