Chambers and Partners, the leading publication which ranks legal firms nationwide, has awarded Raworths its highest level of Tier 1 in its High Net Worth Guide 2020, a key publication for the international private wealth market. Rachel Tunnicliffe who leads the department was also singled out as the only Tier 1 ranked solicitor in the York, Hull and surrounding area and described as a “standout leader in her profession”.
The ranking, which is based on extensive company submissions, research and interviews with clients found Raworths was “highly regarded in the market for its private client offering” with one interviewee saying: “I think they are an outstanding team, staffed with charming, talented and highly professional individuals. They are unfailingly a pleasure to deal with from our perspective.”
The TWE department has 20 staff making it one of the largest of its types in North Yorkshire. In addition to Rachel Tunnicliffe, partners Peter Greswold and Caroline Hedges were included in the guide and senior associate, Sam Jenner received his first entry in the ‘Associate to Watch’ category, where he was described as an “up-and-coming star of the industry”.
Zoe Robinson, managing partner at Raworths said: “Under Rachel’s innovative leadership the TWE team continue to provide their clients with an exceptional level of experience, technical expertise, dedication and empathy. I would like to congratulate each of the candidates for this achievement which affirms their exceptional abilities.
“It’s particularly pleasing to see that Sam has been included for the first time, confirming that our younger solicitors are developing their skills and expertise. It’s an impressive accolade and cements the Trusts Wills and Estate unit’s reputation for excellence.”
Other comments from the Guide include high praise for Rachel Tunnicliffe who is described as: “a first-class trust lawyer,” who is: “able to demonstrate empathy for her clients and to build trust across the generations”.
Caroline Hedges is also complimented with an interviewee saying: “The level of personal service is exceptional, and understanding of the clients and their requirements is top-notch. She can handle sensitive issues extremely well while also not shying away from dealing with matters that can be rather tricky.”
Peter Greswold who acts for business owners and entrepreneurs on capital tax planning and inheritance tax planning matters is referred to by a peer as being “a capable and strong lawyer.”
Raworths Trusts, Wills and Estates team acts for clients across the region and the UK and assist with complex affairs including advising on business and agricultural assets, foreign assets, and charitable trusts. Members of the team regularly act as trustees, attorneys and executors.