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12/10/2017 By: Nigel Shepherd
‘a remarkable practice that is grasping the changes across the market and has ensured it offers what clients want and need'
We are delighted that once again the divorce and family law specialists at Mills & Reeve, the national law firm behind the award-winning divorce.co.uk website, have been recognised by legal directory The Legal 500 as being amongst the very best in the country for this area of work.
The Legal 500 rankings are compiled from detailed independent research including feedback from clients and other legal professionals with direct experience of what the team offers. Mills & Reeve’s family teams in Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester and Norwich were placed in the top tier and the fast-growing London team, led by the ‘astute’ Joanna Grandfield, who ‘ably manages complex financial issues for her "City"-based clients’, climbed in the rankings for the second year in a row since the team was established there.
Mills & Reeve’s family lawyers specialise in dealing with the more complex cases across a wide range of family issues, including the financial consequences and arrangements for children when a marriage ends in divorce or other personal relationships break down and advising on marital and cohabitation agreements. The focus is always on finding a constructive, cost-effective answer to the issues that arise, whether that is through negotiation, mediation, collaborative practice or court litigation or arbitration.
Legal 500 described the team as a
‘remarkable practice that is grasping the changes across the family market and has ensured that its practice offers what the clients wants and needs’ and as
‘a dynamic firm that has really excelled in the last few years. It is a rising presence, regularly comes up against the big names, and matches, if not exceeds them’ that ‘simply has the whole package’
The directory said that the family team
‘sits at the top of the league as one of the go-to firms for heavy and complex family cases’ and is
‘top tier in terms of client care, out-of-court resolution and contentious litigation’
National Head of Family Law for Mills & Reeve, Nigel Shepherd, consultant David Salter and partners Alison Bull, Caitlin Jenkins, Marc Saunderson and Nick Stone and Philip Way were all singled out as Leading Individuals. The strength in depth of the team was recognised with Rose-Marie Drury in Manchester and Tim Whitney in London being noted in the ‘Next Generation’ Category as well as, along with new partner Joanna Grandfield, many others in the firm’s six offices getting individual recognition.
The firm’s commitment to mediation and other dispute resolution options is reflected in its inclusion in the Family Mediation category where Legal 500 says the firm
‘places a lot of emphasis on ADR. It manages clients’ expectations brilliantly from the first meeting through to settlement‘
The family team is able to call on expertise from the firm’s other legal specialists, for example where there are issues involving trusts, pensions and businesses, to ensure that clients get the best possible advice in every case.
For a full profile of Mills & Reeve’s listing in The Legal 500, including the family team, click here.