The prestigious legal sector guide warmly praises 10 different teams for their client care skills and legal expertise and recommends 24 lawyers - more lawyer recommendations than any other Cumbria-based firm.
Four of the firm’s teams warrant the highest, Top Tier ranking: the Corporate and Commercial team is described as providing “sound advice and a fantastic level of service”; the Commercial Litigation team is recognised for its “very strong service” and “excellent commercial advice” whilst the Commercial Property and Education teams are both “excellent”. Burnetts is also recognised for its expertise in advising on family, employment, agribusiness and trusts and probate issues.
Burnetts maintains its long-held position as the only firm in Cumbria to be recommended for its specialisms in Education and Clinical Negligence, with the Education team being described as ”very knowledgeable, responsive and professional” and the Clinical Negligence team known for “supporting the client fully at all times.”
Reaching the Legal 500 rankings for the first time in 2018 are: Head of Wills, Trusts & Probate Rachael Stephenson and Agribusiness Associate Megan Richardson; as well as Clinical Negligence Associates Lynne Hall, described as “able and willing to drill down to the details”, and the “very experienced and knowledgeable” Jayne McCluskey.
Nick Gutteridge, Burnetts’ Managing Partner, is recommended for his work in the Court of Protection. He said, “That Burnetts provides in-depth legal knowledge and a wide breadth of expertise is a given for most clients. What is important to them, whether they are buying a business, leading a school or writing their will, is that the service they receive from us is outstanding. Clients rightly demand accessibility, responsiveness and a lawyer that will go the extra mile for them. We’re extremely grateful to the clients who took part in the Legal 500 research and shared their positive experiences of Burnetts.”
Law firms are included in the Legal 500 on merit alone. The rankings are the culmination of many months of research and interviews with law firms and, most importantly, their clients.
What the Legal 500 said about Burnetts’ lawyers:
James Johnston - “great legal knowledge”, “good at seeing ways through a client’s problem and achieving a good outcome”
Vaughan Jones - “very knowledgeable and responsive”, “sharp as a razor”
Michael Walby - “approachable and trustworthy”
Rob Winder - “experienced in property litigation work”
Angela Curran - “very charismatic and client-focused”, “works tirelessly”
Natalie Ruane - “very knowledgeable”
Richard Miller - “approachable and level-headed”, “strong commercial focus and excellent client-handling skills”
Diane Barnes - “professional and personable”, “extensive and detailed knowledge”, “provides sound and timely advice”
Amy Fallows - “outstanding”, “professional approach”, “straight-forward and pragmatic advice”
Simon Mortimer – “calm and experienced operator of the highest integrity”, “incredibly reassuring and supportive”
Robbie Mather – “extremely good”, “very professional”
Paul Brown – “Top drawer”, “fights the corner for his clients”, “gentle and considered manner while having a firm grip on each of his cases and a determined approach to litigation”
Tracy Stainton – “very responsive”, “very focused and professional”, ”considered, balanced and pragmatic advice”, “willingness to always go the extra mile for her clients”
Partners Martyn Wrightson and Helen Hayward were also recognised, as were Practising Consultants Sally Johnson, John Noctor, Patricia Hall and Kuba Strycharczyk.
For further information on the Legal 500 rankings, go to www.legal500.com
Pictured above left to right: Jayne McCluskey, Rachael Stephenson, Megan Richardson & Lynne Hall