Formative year for hlw Keeble Hawson

The 2017 Legal 500 guide reinforces hlw Keeble Hawson’s reputation as a leading regional law firm in Yorkshire offering unrivalled expertise across its commercial and private client practice areas. The Corporate and Commercial department, where the guide says ‘ Partner accessibility has always been a strong point ’, boasts a 16-strong team, led by Roger Dyson, and was named Law Firm of the Year at the Sheffield City Region Dealmakers Awards 2017. Further bolstered by the appointments of award-winning dealmakers Matt Ainsworth and Michael Hall, clients include Pressure Technologies, Horbury Group and UK Steel Enterprise, a subsidiary of TATA Steel. Headed by Richard Smith, named as a leading individual with ‘ all-round expertise which is hard to beat, ’ the firm’s ‘ very strong’ Commercial Property department is applauded along with its Commercial Litigation department which handles matters including contentious IP issues and professional negligence. The Employment department, led by Barry Warne whose experience includes TUPE transfer issues, is likewise recommended with Lauren Pickard, who deals with collective and individual redundancy matters, also mentioned. As a firm renowned for its expertise in handling largescale bankruptcy investigations and liquidations, the guide recognises the Insolvency and Corporate Recovery practice area ‘ for its contentious strengths ’. It also praises Charise Marsden, manager of the Leeds Debt Recovery team as a ‘ next generation lawyer’ who is ‘ brilliant ’ for complex issues. With offices in Sheffield, Doncaster and Leeds, Legal 500 also acknowledges hlw Keeble Hawson’s Sport department. With clients spanning Southampton FC and Chesterfield FC, the team has recently advised two England test cricketers with property acquisitions. Also applauded is the Private Client Department headed by Michele Todd which ‘ conducts itself in an appropriate way by building a caring and trusting relationship with the client ’. The Family Law practice is also lauded for its ‘ high-quality, practical family law advice with a good range of alternative dispute resolution options; it is a natural choice when a collaborative family lawyer is needed’. Vanessa Fox, who heads the team, attracts praise for her ‘broad knowledge of finance and childcare, and for her passion for collaboration; she is efficient, caring and robust’ . The guide includes how she is ably assisted by the ‘always approachable and pragmatic’ Antony Ball in Doncaster. Said hlw Keeble Hawson Managing Partner, Paul Trudgill: “Based on endorsements from our valued clients, the latest Legal 500 guide reflects our standing as a progressive and highly respected firm which remains a driving force across Yorkshire and the East Midlands.”

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