By: 1 October 2015
Yorkshire solicitors celebrate Legal 500 entries

A number of firms across Yorkshire have celebrated their inclusion in the Legal 500.

Some of those named in this year’s legal directory include Doncaster law firm, Atherton Godfrey, which has for the fourth year running received recommendations for the standard of its clinical negligence and personal injury work; and Halifax’s Rahman Ravelli, which was the only Yorkshire firm to gain a sought-after Tier 1 ranking in the fraud solicitors section of the guide.

Taylor&Emmet, hlw Keeble Hawson and Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield wills and trust team also made it into the pages of the Legal 500, with the latter being ranked as number one in their field.

In addition, Justine Osmotherley, a partner and head of Clarion’s family and private client team, was named one of three new leading Yorkshire lawyers yesterday in the Legal 500.

Anthony Long, Taylor&Emmet’s chief executive, praised the lawyers at his firm who had made it into the guide. They included head of employment law, David Poddington; commercial litigation partner Paul Smith; clinical negligence specialist James Drydale; head of personal injury, Jonathan Stittle and Michaela Heathcote, who leads the firm’s family team.

“The Legal 500 is an excellent measure of the progress we have made in the last 12 months and it is gratifying to see the firm perform so well again this year, across so many disciplines,” said Long.

“I would like to congratulate those who have received individual recommendations and whose expertise, dedication and excellent leadership have played such a crucial role in our terrific results.”

Aziz Rahman, the founder of Rahman Ravelli, said he was pleased that The Legal 500 had recognised his firm’s determination to remain at the very top.

“The Legal 500 takes a very detailed look into the work of the legal firms it analyses so we are once again very proud to have been given such a prestigious ranking,” he said.

“Such a high ranking is never the be all and end all of what we are striving to achieve. But it does indicate that we are continuing to offer the very best legal defence when it comes to the fields of fraud, business and white-collar crime.”

hlw Keeble Hawson was named in 17 practice areas in the newly released Legal 500 rankings, with 19 lawyers recommended across both commercial and private client practice areas.

The firm’s managing partner, Paul Trudgill, said: “Being ranked extensively in the Legal 500 is something we are justifiably proud of. It clearly demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise across commercial and private practice areas and highlights the strengths and specialisms of so many of our key individuals.”

Pictured above: L to R) Bob Allen, associate solicitor, John McQuater, partner and head of litigation, Christopher Noble, partner and head of clinical negligence at Atherton Godfrey