Firm celebrates top ranking for Wills department in this year’s Legal 500 guide

We are delighted to announce that Rothera Sharp is now ranked in tier 1 for Wills, Probate and Trusts and has retained its other high rankings for Transport, Family and Personal Injury in the recently launched Legal 500 guide.

The Legal 500 guide provides comprehensive and independent commentary of law firms and lawyers across the UK. This year sees the thirty-first edition of the publication.

Rothera Sharp’s Wills, Probate and Trusts team has risen from tier 2 last year to tier 1 in the 2018-19 guide. The team is highlighted as having “wide-ranging expertise covering asset protection and estate administration, trusts, Court of Protection matters as well as inheritance tax and tax planning work”. Practice head Jayne Smith is particularly noted alongside partners Karen Hayward, Jeremy Allen and Christina Yardley, with a significant portion of the department’s caseload consisting of the management of high-value trusts, succession advice for owner-managed businesses, wills and lasting powers of attorney. Jayne said: “I am delighted that we have been given a Tier 1 ranking which reflects the hard work, dedication and expertise of the Rothera Sharp Wills Probate and Trusts team”.

Rothera Sharp’s Transport team has maintained its tier 1 ranking again for this year. Described last year as “demonstrating a ‘high understanding of client business requirements’” and “providing ‘superior service’” to clients this year the department is defined as specialising in “road and freight transport law with regulatory advice at the core of the practice”. The guide also mentions recent work highlights for the team including acting for an operator in an appeal against the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) regarding a charge of failing to use a tachograph and operating a goods vehicle without an operator’s licence, as well as successfully representing a driver in an appeal to the Magistrate’s Court.

The firm’s Family team maintains its position in tier 2 from the previous two years. This year’s guide calls the department “well known” with “an excellent reputation” for managing a varied caseload ranging from divorce and separation to collaborative law, adoption, care and guardianship to cohabitation and instructions regarding other unmarried relationships. Head of department Paul Cobb is highlighted as “very experienced” whilst Ann-Marie Bowman is a “highly respected children lawyer” and Joanne Millward is described as “especially active in cases involving relationship breakdowns such as divorces with businesses or pensions to split”. Associate Ruth Tyas is also recognised in the guide as developing a specialism for cases involving transgender-realignment surgery.

The firm’s Personal Injury department has been ranked in tier 4. Described last year as a “skilled” team, the department, which acts on maximum severity cases, claims brought against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, road traffic accidents, employers’ and occupiers’ liability cases, work accidents, beauty accidents and children’s injuries is stated this year as having “wide-ranging experience”. Department head Elisabeth Halls is outlined as “very knowledgeable and efficient” whilst partner and qualified mediator Rebecca Emeleus is also noted.

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