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Law firm celebrates strong performance

A Shropshire law firm is celebrating another strong performance in two highly-regarded national guides.

Lanyon Bowdler has a number of departments and individual lawyers highlighted in The Legal 500 and Chambers UK guides - both of which are viewed as important barometers of the legal profession.

The Legal 500 guide is based on feedback from clients, barristers and professionals, whilst the Chambers UK guide ranks law firms based on independent research and interviews with clients.

Lanyon Bowdler was among the best-performing firms in the latest edition of The Legal 500 in 14 categories in the West Midlands and one in Wales, and has 44 recommended lawyers - 18 new to the guide this year.

The law firm features in the guide’s Tier One for agriculture and estates, and clinical negligence in the West Midlands.

Other departments recognised include commercial litigation, family, personal injury, personal tax, trusts and probate, corporate and commercial, commercial property, contentious trusts and probate, crime, debt recovery, education, employment and planning.

For the first time, the firm’s agriculture and estates team is recognised in Wales.

The Chambers UK guide highlights nine of Lanyon Bowdler’s departments - six of which are in the top band - and 14 individual lawyers.

Head of clinical negligence Beth Heath, clinical negligence solicitor Emma Broomfield, and head of family law Sue Hodgson have all moved to Band 1 of the Chambers UK guide, with specialist collaborative lawyer Lisa Grimmett moving up to Band 2.

Managing partner Brian Evans said: “The Legal 500 and Chambers UK are highly-respected in the profession because they combine feedback from clients with professional research.

“It’s pleasing to see that our expertise across so many practice areas has once again been highlighted. Our clinical negligence team returns to the top tier in The Legal 500 and I am delighted to see a new entry for the firm with our agriculture and estates team being recognised in Wales.

“This is a fantastic achievement and came a little under two years after the opening of our office in Conwy, which has flourished since 2019.

“Chambers UK has ranked our crime, agriculture and rural affairs, clinical negligence, family law, personal injury and private wealth law departments in the top band, which is fantastic for all concerned.

“I would like to thank everyone at Lanyon Bowdler for their dedication to always strive for the very best outcomes for our clients.”

Among the list of the firm’s 44 recommended lawyers in The Legal 500 guide were “leading Individuals” Edward Nutting and Steven Corfield, agriculture and estates, along with personal injury solicitor Neil Lorimer.

“Next generation partners” were named as Claire Vale (contentious probate), Dawn Humphries (personal injury), Debbie Humphries (personal injury), Edward Burrell (corporate and commercial), and Emma Broomfield (clinical negligence).

The firm also has six “rising stars” - Louise Howard (personal injury), Neil Davies (personal tax, trusts and probate), Nick Playford (agriculture and estates), Stephen Scully (crime), Tania McGee (commercial property), and Tracy Lovejoy (planning).

Pictured: Brian Evans