Raworths is delighted to have been listed in six areas of law in the Chambers and Partners Directory published this week, more than any other Harrogate based law firm. The rankings reflect not only the extent of the firm’s specialisms but also serve to highlight the high standards of practice across the business.
The directory, which carries out research with clients and competitors to establish its recommendations, has included several units including: Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Family, Litigation, Corporate/Commercial, Employment and Commercial Property.
Raworths’ Managing Partner Zoe Robinson says; “This is yet another terrific accolade for the firm and comes hot on the heels of our stand out performance in other guides such as Legal 500 and the Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Directories.”
The corporate team were described as strong in areas such as M&A and succession planning and were applauded by one client who said: “I wouldn’t go anywhere else – I could not fault the firm in any area of service delivery. It’s the feeling of confidence I get at the beginning and the close.” The employment team were described by one impressed client as having “City firm competencies in a town-size firm”, and Dispute Resolution were highlighted for being: “An amazing team. Every single person I have worked with is experienced, professional and easy to work with.”
Zoe continues, “The recognition these Guides give us is particularly important as they use client feedback, amongst other things, as a measure of our success. We firmly believe that the client’s interests come first in our business and this is demonstrated by today’s success.
The family team, which has two partners, Carmelita Ardren and Zoe Robinson, was highlighted for its expertise in collaborative and high-value cases and described as having a “pragmatic but positive style and a flexible approach to working with clients.” Agriculture & Rural Affairs were commented upon by one source as being, “Professional, competent, timely and willing to help. I haven’t anything negative to say, it’s all positive.” Finally, the ‘well-established’ Commercial Property team led by Alasdair Inglis was described as; “approachable and easy to deal with.”
What the Guide says about our people:
Carmelita Ardren “has a calm and supportive demeanor, and her advice is pragmatic, well-reasoned and well communicated.” Her expertise lies in separation cases involving business and shareholding issues.
David Garfitt, Partner, who leads the agriculture and rural affairs group was said to be: “diligent, accurate, easy to work with and works co-operatively with other advisers to give the best possible service to the client.”
Matthew Hill has a broad commercial litigation practice and is known primarily for his work on agriculture-related disputes. He is popular among clients for his “personable and helpful” nature, as well as his “excellent technical knowledge, flexible and pragmatic approach and willingness to take a view on issues.”
Simon Morris heads the department and is dedicated to advising clients from the SME sector on their transactional activity. An impressed client notes: “I couldn’t have had a more knowledgeable, focused and straightforward individual in my corner.”
Jonathan Mortimer is lauded by clients as a “very experienced and knowledgeable” litigator. He attracts praise for his civil and commercial litigation work, and is particularly active on contract, financial services and defamation disputes.
Zoe Robinson is well versed in high-value cross-border financial remedy work. She is described by market sources as a “very competent, friendly and approachable” practitioner who “looks after clients well.” She is also noted as a collaborative lawyer.