We are proud to have been recognised as Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year at this year’s Northern Powerhouse Awards, organised by The Legal 500 and hosted in Leeds on 13 March. The awards are determined based on The Legal 500’s research for their annual directory.

Managing partner Stuart Dench comments: “Congratulations to our brilliant Leeds office. Our practice in the North focuses on regional, UK-wide and global disputes and is a huge part of our success and future growth plans.”

This year’s ceremony was the second Northern Powerhouse Awards hosted by The Legal 500. Last year, co-Head of Commercial Litigation Mo Bhaskaran was named Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year.

Reflecting the strength and breadth of our practice in Leeds, our teams and individuals were recognised with multiple nominations across various categories, including:

  • Private client firm of the year
  • Dispute resolution lawyer of the year – Martin Walsh
  • Dispute resolution rising star of the year – Kate Howard
  • Private client rising star of the year – Jenny Bowden
  • Management partner of the year – Stuart Dench


Recognition by The Legal 500

This year’s guide re-established distinct Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence rankings in Yorkshire and the Humber; Stewarts is top-ranked in both. The Personal Injury team in Leeds is “differentiated by its ability to offer clients representation by catastrophic injury specialists working smaller caseloads to provide bespoke services, primarily in relation to serious spinal and brain injuries, amputations, and other complex mandates.”

Our Clinical Negligence team “ensures a high quality of representation for clients by providing specialists in the most complex issues of clinical negligence and keeping the caseload low to maintain a bespoke level of service.”

Top-ranked in Leeds, and highly ranked in London, our Commercial Litigation team “has fantastic strength and depth in heavy commercial litigation, acting on high-profile and high-value claims.”

Our Divorce and Family team is once again top ranked in Leeds (as well as London). “Stewarts floats above the stratosphere of the family law world with the largest collection of the highest altitude talent in the sphere,” the guide’s sources say. The team is described as consisting of “first-rate partners supported by outstanding associates. Stewarts maintains the same standards of excellence at every level, which allows them to provide value for money without skimping on the service they deliver.”

Based in both Leeds and London, our Competition team is ranked again this year. Described as “an excellent team handling very heavy competition disputes, mainly from a claimant perspective,” sources say “they are supremely well-organised with deep expertise.”

Stewarts’ full rankings in The Legal 500 can be found here.



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