Clarkslegal is delighted to announce that Legal 500 has recognised the firm for the following practice areas; Construction, Commercial Contracts, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property, Corporate & Commercial, Education, Employment, Immigration and Local Government.
The Legal 500 is an independent guide that analyses the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market.
Along with the recognition of our practice areas, six of our outstanding lawyers have been recommended by the directory; Antony Morris, Emma Butcher, David Rintoul, Michael Sippitt, Monica Atwal and Rachel Krol.
The strong rankings are further endorsed by highly complementary client and peer feedback.
Please see below extracts from the editorial:
Clarkslegal LLP's clients highlight the 'extensive knowledge' provided by the construction team, which comprises 'knowledgeable and helpful lawyers who work with clients to achieve their end goal; care is taken to ensure that instructions are clear and that the level of advice is commensurate with clients' requirements'.
Clarkslegal LLP's clients praise its team's 'in-depth knowledge of the subject matter' in relation to BPOs, procurement, joint ventures and supply arrangements, among various other areas. Senior consultant Kirstin Parker and Ashan Arif co-head the team, which acts for clients ranging in size from SMEs and lower mid-market organisations to listed companies.
Clarkslegal LLP has ‘one of the best litigation departments outside London’, Antony Morris and Stephen James are hailed as ‘top-class litigators for any multi-layered or complex case’ and Chris Tayton praised as 'particularly strong at commercial litigation'. The practice specialises in a number of niche areas including public procurement, education disputes and intellectual property, as well as more broad commercial litigation.
The ‘efficient and responsive’ Clarkslegal LLP 'punches above its weight’ and offers a ‘good value for money’ service. Rachel Krol heads the department, which services significant projects and transactions and is particularly strong in the education, healthcare, motor retail, and hotels and leisure sectors. The practice possesses niche expertise in specialist public, procurement, charity and property finance matters, including advising on Islamic finance issues.
Corporate & Commercial
Clarkslegal LLP routinely advises international companies on making investments in the UK. Ashan Arif heads the practice, as well as leading the technology and media sector groups. Arif advises disruptive technology start-ups and early-stage businesses on everything from initial corporate structuring to complex and high-value equity investments and commercial arrangements.
Clarkslegal LLP regularly handles major projects in the higher education sector, including providing procurement advice on student accommodation projects; and handling development agreements related to research facilities at teaching hospitals.
Clarkslegal LLP, in the view of one commentator, ‘beats other firms in the employment sector because they have fast response times, do what they say when they promise and are much better value than many other firms’. Firm Chairman and Practice Head Michael Sippitt is noted for his work on employee collective consultations and restructuring. Managing partner Monica Atwal is ‘an enthusiastic and down-to-earth character who puts clients instantly at ease with her direct, accurate and commercial advice’ and continues to hold an active fee-earning practice advising on all aspects of employment law, with particular expertise in disability discrimination cases.
Clarkslegal LLP's immigration team is 'prompt in its responses, accurate in its advice and offers great value both in terms of time and costs'. The practice handles business immigration matters for a number of FTSE 100 businesses and financial services organisations, in addition to being particularly active in obtaining visas for representatives of overseas companies and acting for senior staff members and their families on obtaining dependent visas.
Clarkslegal LLP provides environmental law advice to public sector bodies and is also well versed in advising local authorities on governance issues. Public sector practice head Kirstin Parker is the key contact.