Partners Joseph Lappin and Charlie Thompson have been recognised in the latest update of the employment section of Spear’s guide to the market’s best advisers for high net worth individuals, while Partner David Savage has been commended in the criminal guide. All three are included in ‘Top Recommended 2021’ for their respective fields.


Commendations by Spear’s

Head of Employment Joseph Lappin was promoted to partner at Stewarts in 2019. “Managing the department at the same time as advising clients certainly keeps me on my toes,” he tells Spear’s in the new guide.

Joe also speaks of the firm’s shared willingness to invest “time and effort” in fully appreciating clients’ needs. “We work with clients to achieve both legal and non-legal objectives, so understanding what they want to achieve is paramount.”

Charlie Thompson “seeks to put emotional intelligence at the centre of his practice”, according to Spear’s. “Workplace issues are intensely personal, and even the most amicable of exits can be difficult for a client,” he says.

Charlie highlights the importance of a collaborative working approach: “Because my clients are high-achieving and intelligent, I aim for both of us to leverage the other’s expertise to come up with the best strategies.”

Head of Financial Crime David Savage has “expertise across the legal, regulatory and commercial aspects of financial crime”, Spear’s says. “The clients I represent will come to me when they know or suspect they have a really serious problem,” David notes.

Comments from David on “humanising” professional relationships highlight the importance he places on building a good connection with clients. “This helps me understand the crux of the issue, but also gives them comfort that I care about their matter and its direction,” he says.

A total of 24 Stewarts lawyers were commended in the guide’s February 2021 launch, more so than ever previously.

The full edition of the Spear’s 500 can be found here.



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