Berwins Solicitors is celebrating after achieving top rankings from respected legal guide, Chambers UK.
The firm’s family team is one of only four in the North and East Yorkshire region to make it into band one for family and matrimonial law in the 2017 Chambers guide. The firm’s Managing Director, Sarah Smith, is the only family lawyer in Yorkshire to be honoured with the prestigious ‘Eminent Practitioner’ status.
The guide focuses on the “time and patience” shown by the highest rated team in the Harrogate area. Stephen Root (rated in band one) is described as “an extremely empathetic, emotionally intelligent and creative lawyer”. Sarah Smith is recognised for her collaborative dispute resolution and mediation work - “a very good mediator, really thorough and a pleasure to deal with”.
The family team isn’t the only part of the firm to be recognised by Chambers. Berwins’ Life team is ranked for the quality advice on wills and estate planning with Associate Director Gareth Marland singled out as a ‘Star Associate’.
The guide also mentions the firm’s formidable Commercial arm. The employment team is referenced, with lawyer Mike Patterson singled out as “one to watch”, Senior Partner Paul Berwin is individually ranked for IT and Corporate Law specialisms and Commercial Property expert Richard Wheeldon is noted for Real Estate.
Sarah Smith, managing director of the firm, said: “We are all delighted to have had such a strong showing across the board and we are particularly pleased that our outstanding family and private client teams have gained the recognition they deserve, with growing strength in our Commercial teams.
“We are fortunate to have excellent lawyers in all areas of private client and commercial law who work together to provide a complete service to our clients.”