Woodfines Solicitors has been recognised for its legal expertise in the annual directory, the Legal 500; which analyses the capabilities of law firms across the region, and publishes a yearly comprehensive review of the global, national and local legal market.
The firm been noted across its teams for the high level of knowledge and service provided to clients across the regions of both the South East (covering Bedford, Milton Keynes and Sandy), and East Anglia (covering Cambridge).
In Cambridge, the firm’s Commercial Litigation department, which handles a wide range of business disputes and debt recovery matters, was recommended for “the breadth of its team, response times, commercial awareness and expertise”. The team is led by Partner, Maria Koureas-Jones, who was herself praised for being “great with clients; sensible but tough when needed”.
The firm’s Corporate and Commercial team was also commended for having a diverse client base for corporate work, ranging from small, independent, owner-managed businesses to large companies and PLCs. Meanwhile, Woodfines’ Employment Law team was acknowledged for the skill and expertise of Partner, Nick Sayer, who was recognised for making himself available at short notice, and described as “particularly good at trying to close matters in a quick time frame, rather than letting things go on too long”. The advice provided by the Employment team at the office was also described as “detailed, in-depth and comprehensive”.
Woodfines is known for its “experienced and respected team of private client lawyers” based at the firm’s Cambridge office, where it handles a full range of wills, taxation, estate planning, trusts and probate work for individuals, business owners, academics and entrepreneurs.
In the South East (including Bedford, Sandy and Milton Keynes), the firm’s Corporate & Commercial team were recognised for their commitment to focusing on servicing the needs of its core SME client base, as well as a growing roster of larger corporates, and its “strengths in the road transport, agriculture, public procurement and recruitment arenas”.
Woodfines’ Crime team were also noted, as were the Commercial Litigation team, who, headed by Partner, Andrew Carter, were described as “efficient and detailed”, with an “in-depth knowledge of clients’ business”.
Clients of the firm’s Employment Law team based in Bedford and Milton Keynes were said to “enjoy a high level of service and sound advice”, with Partner Andrew Buckley noted for his “good response times, understanding of issues, and pro-active approach”. Milton Keynes-based Partner, Maria Gallucci, was also recognised for “providing advice in a way that makes it easier for non-lawyers to understand and make an informed decision.”
Woodfines provides specialist advice in the area of Agriculture and Rural Property, and received praise for the team’s “practical advice and ability to meet essential deadlines”, as well as for providing a specialist team able to handle a full range of legal issues for rural and farming clients, from commercial, rural and agricultural land matters, to providing tax, trusts and probate advice.
Keith Jones and Hannah Johnson were recognised for their expertise in Contentious Wills and Probate, as were John Egan, John Leadbeater and Sonia Topiwala from the firm’s Family Law team.
Woodfines’ Commercial Property team, based in Bedford, Sandy and Milton Keynes, were described as “highly professional outfit” that provides “an excellent service” to its real estate clients.
Finally, the firm’s Private Client team continues to be ‘Top Tier’, one of the top ranked teams in the region, with its partners, Stephen Patch, Nigel Ashton and Mikhala Leak, all recommended for their fields of expertise.
Stephen Patch, who heads up the firm’s Private Client team at Woodfines, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised as a firm for the services we provide to our local communities, and hope that these Legal 500 rankings help to assure those looking to instruct a solicitor of the technical ability, care and know-how that they will find at Woodfines.”