Stewarts has achieved record-breaking results in the most recent edition of The Legal 500, with 76 lawyers mentioned across 18 different areas.

The firm has been recognised in 18 practice areas, eight of which are top ranked. We have 76 lawyers mentioned with 49 being ranked.

Our injury teams are all ranked in tier one across both the London and Leeds offices, with the pro bono service being mentioned for their work.

The Personal Injury teams in London and Leeds maintain their top rankings. The firm is described as “The premier firm for claimant personal injury work”, with the department being praised for its client service.

The Clinical Negligence departments also maintain their top tier rankings, with the London department being described as “a class act”, offering “a Rolls Royce service to clients”. The Leeds team are described as “dynamic and thorough, ensuring that no stone is left unturned”.

The International Injury team is listed in tier 1 and is described as, “The leading claimant travel team”. The team is lauded as having a “winning combination of two leading teams in travel and cross-border claims and a pre-eminent aviation team which work closely together”.

The firm’s Divorce and Family department maintains its top ranking in both London and Leeds. The London team is described as, “A large team that is able to take on a large number of cases and makes its presence known in the divorce and family sphere”. About the Leeds team, the guide says, “The team at Stewarts excels at the highest level of the market regionally and nationally”.

The Commercial Litigation team has a top tier ranking and over 20 lawyers listed across its specialist areas. The guide calls it, “One of the top litigation firms in the market; it is prepared to take risks and invest resources in cases that others might not, leading to rewards that others might not earn”. The Leeds team is praised for its “ability to delve into litigation, investigate every aspect minutely and think outside the box”.

The firm’s Fraud department moved up a ranking to tier 2, and is described as “a highly devoted and determined practice with a clear sense of purpose”.

The Banking Litigation team maintains its ranking and is described as, “an outstanding conflict-free firm that is able to take on banks and other financial institutions, which it regularly does – and wins”.

The Competition Litigation department maintains its tier 2 ranking, with a team, “composed of experienced experts who take a highly innovative approach and are great at what they do”. The team’s economist and ability to secure funding arrangements for clients is particularly noted as a stand out quality.

The International Arbitration team is described as having a “strong team” with “genuine experience and expertise across difference areas of practice”. It has six individuals mentioned within the guide.

The “strong and forceful” Employment department is mentioned for its expertise, “in representing senior executives and partners in high-value cases with reputational sensitivity”.

The Trust and Probate Litigation department maintains its tier 3 ranking, with Head of Department James Price described as being, “at the top of his game”, with Senior Associate Emma Holland described as, “on the ball, technically accomplished and hardworking”.

The newly expanded Tax Litigation and Investigations department maintains its tier 3 ranking, but has more lawyers noted than ever before, with six being mentioned.

The Financial Crime team, established in July 2018, debuts in tier 3 in two categories, for its work acting for both individuals and corporates. The guide says, “Stewarts’ criminal practice is relatively new, but they have quickly assembled a group of highly qualified, respected lawyers who are very well placed to advise on all areas of financial crime’.

To see the full results and commentary, please visit The Legal 500 website here.

Congratulations to all of the following individuals for being recommended:

Aviation: Peter Neenan and Sarah Stewart.

Clinical Negligence: Robert Dransfield, Hugh Johnson, Nadia Krueger-Young, Nick Knowles, Muiris Lyons, Frank Pinch and Gabrielle Ross.

Financial Crime: Richard Kovalevsky QC, David Savage

Commercial Litigation: Elaina Bailes, Mo Bhaskaran, Paul Brehony, Ian Gatt QC, Fiona Gillett, Nick Haworth, Laura Jenkins, Marc Jones, Lorraine Lanceley, Joe Mitchell, Sean Upson, David Hughes, Karen Hutchinson, Pia Mithani, Harry Spendlove, Keith Thomas, Martin Walsh, Lucy Ward and Clive Zietman.

Competition Litigation: Anna Crellin and Kate Pollock.

Divorce and Family: Toby Atkinson, Jenny Bowden, Debbie Chism, Adrian Clossick, Stephen Foster, Emma Hatley, Edward Heaton, Richard Hogwood, Matthew Humphries, Carly Kinch, Sam Longworth and Helen Ward.

Employment: Joseph Lappin

International Arbitration: Philippa Charles, Veronica Connolly and Daniel Wilmot.

International Injury: Julian Chamberlayne, Christopher Deacon, Scott Rigby and Rebecca Huxford.

Media: Ryan Dunleavy

Personal Injury: Stephanie Clarke, Andrew Dinsmore, Charles Edwards, Nichola Fosler, Daniel Herman, Rebecca Hill, Warren Maxwell, Paul Paxton, Lucy Robinson, Ben Rogers and Ben Townsend.

Tax Litigation: Victor Cramer, Lee Ellis, Darren Kidd, James Le Gallais, David Pickstone, Sarah Stenton and Lisa Vanderheide.

Trust and Probate Litigation: Emma Holland and James Price.



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