Legal merger brought strength in depth
11 Nov, 2013
At a time of change and consolidation in the legal profession, does bigger mean better? Partners at regional practice Attwaters Jameson Hill certainly believe that the firm’s offer to clients has been enhanced following last year’s merger of Herts-based Jameson & Hill with Essex firm Attwaters, which has delivered strength in depth across its departments.
The partners cite the latest assessments by the Chambers & Partners directory as evidence that high achievement has spread across the firm, so that three departments have solicitors listed in Bands 1 and 2. The latest addition to the top bands is the head of family law at the firm, whose department has seen growth in activity and reputation since the merger.
Now four individual solicitors specialising in town & country planning, clinical/medical negligence and family law at Attwaters Jameson Hill have achieved either Band 1 or Band 2 status during assessment for the latest Chambers & Partners UK directory, while the Medical Negligence Department is rated as a Band 1 team.
Robert Jameson, partner in charge of the firm’s town & country planning work, had his existing Band 1 ranking confirmed after the directory’s thorough review of performance. The directory summarises client opinion of Rob as ‘a solid and unflappable lawyer… great at taking the heat out of the situation and looking for a sensible way through’.
Also confirmed as worthy of his established Band 1 ranking was medical negligence team head David Kerry. Reported feedback on his strengths includes ‘very precise and meticulous, and questions things more than most… acts on a wide range of matters and has a particular interest in psychiatric cases’
David’s fellow partner Madeline Seibert was confirmed as Band 2, a commendable achievement that reaffirms her place amongst some of the best in medical negligence work. One client described Madeline as ‘an absolute stalwart… she stuck with me through thick and thin. The empathy she showed was unbelievable’.
Family law partner Joyti Henchie completes the group of four leading lawyers recognised in the directory, appearing for the first time in Band 2. Clients reportedly found her ‘an exceptional practitioner’ with other comment to the effect that ‘the advice she gives clients is always spot-on and consistently shows her excellent judgment’.
“For a regional firm to have four solicitors in the top bands of Chambers & Partners is quite an achievement,” comments managing partner Andrew Flannagan (pictured). “I am really proud of the four individuals and of their supporting staff as it shows that a firm like ours with four well-placed offices and a staff of 105 can meet the very highest standards in a range of specialist areas of the law.
“Not only did two medical negligence partners gain recognition, but the department as a whole was rated in Band 1. Comment in the directory was very heartwarming, particularly the remark that ‘as a regional firm, it punches well above its weight’, which rather nicely sums up what we have been striving to achieve since Jameson & Hill merged with Attwaters last year. It is a hard-won accolade we will do our utmost to live up to in all departments.”