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Stewarts achieves outstanding results in the Chambers 2019 UK guide with more practice areas and lawyers being ranked than ever before.

The firm is listed for 15 of its practice areas and its lawyers hold 52 leading lawyer rankings, some across multiple departments.

The firm’s Divorce and Family department maintains its band 1 ranking in London and band 2 in Leeds, being described as “truly at the top of their game”. Across both locations they have a total of 10 individuals ranked, with Stephen Foster, Debbie Chism and Emma Hatley in band 1 and Helen Ward being listed as a star individual.

The firm’s injury departments have maintained all their rankings and have more lawyers listed than ever before. The Personal Injury departments in London and Leeds continue to hold their band 1 rankings, as do the International Injury and Aviation departments. Clinical Negligence holds its band 1 ranking in Leeds and band 2 ranking in London. The teams have 27 lawyers ranked, with three individuals achieving star individual status and four achieving a band 1 ranking. One Clinical Negligence client comments: “They were committed, passionate and went beyond the call of duty in order to get the best deal for me.” An Aviation client says: “I found the culture in Stewarts to be collaborative and highly professional. They are extremely sensitive to people who are in shock, particularly families following an accident. I received outstanding care from their team.”

The firm’s Commercial Litigation department performed well, being ranked in the new category of Commercial and Corporate Litigation. The department also moves up a ranking for Banking Litigation to band 2, with one source saying: “They take on very large cases where they are often opposite magic circle firms and they usually come away with excellent results, which is down to the calibre of the individuals who work there.” For Litigation, the London team is promoted to band 3, whilst the Leeds team maintains its band 1 ranking.

The Fraud team maintains its ranking and is described as “ … impressive – among the boutique firms they are right at the head in terms of being innovative and generating significant instructions”.

The Competition Litigation team maintains its band 2 ranking and is described as “extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and easy to work with,” with the guide adding that “they always respond quickly and in a clear way”.

The Employment department holds its ranking, with one client saying: “I needed both a commercial and an academic perspective, and they absolutely delivered and more.” Department head Tim Spillane is promoted to band 1 within the guide.

International Arbitration’s Philippa Charles is promoted and is praised as “highly professional and an excellent colleague who is really good to work with”.

In Tax Litigation, David Pickstone is described as ” … most impressive. He knows the subject inside out and commands confidence.”


Congratulations to all of the following for being individually ranked: 

Star individuals:

  • Julian Chamberlayne (Travel: International Personal Injury – also band 2 for Personal Injury)
  • James Healy-Pratt (Aviation and also band 2 for Travel: International Personal Injury)
  • Paul Paxton (Personal Injury)
  • Helen Ward (Family/Matrimonial)

Band 1:

Band 2:

Band 3:

Band 4:

Up and Coming:

Star Associates:

  • Christopher Deacon (Travel: International Personal Injury)
  • Edward Heaton (Family/Matrimonial)

Associates to watch:



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