Senior lawyers specialising in family law and agriculture law at Midlands firm Lodders Solicitors have been named as amongst the UK’s best by the legal profession’s elite guide to the country’s leading lawyers, Chambers Directory.
The latest edition of the guide, which ranks UK legal firms and individual lawyers based on their expertise and client feedback, has again awarded head of Lodders Family Law practice, Beverley Morris, its highest Band 1 position for family lawyers in Birmingham, praising her for her significant expertise in complex financial cases and private law children matters.
Sources quoted in the directory recognise Beverley for her ‘outstanding hands-on client management skills and excellent judgement’, and her ‘extraordinary work ethic and terrific intellect’.
Lodders’ Birmingham-based Family Law team also again receives the highest Band 1 position in this year’s Chambers, with sources saying that Lodders is ‘a top-end firm that can deal with complex cases’.
Also retaining top Band 1 ranking is Lodders’ Agriculture and Rural Affairs practice in the Chambers round-up of firms in Coventry and the surrounding areas, and in particular recognises the team’s Ian Flavell for his strong tax matters, and focus on trusts and estates work for farming clients.
In total, Chambers gives special recognition to nine of Lodders’ senior lawyers, including real estate lawyer and the firm’s managing partner Paul Mourton, who is described as an ‘exceptional development lawyer’.
Head of Lodders’ dispute resolution practice Jane Senior is noted for her real estate litigation as an experienced property lawyer with an impressive ‘understanding of the issues and requirements’ by clients, the ‘excellent’ Nick East for his handling of investment property transactions who ‘combines intelligence and knowledge with an ability to get the deal done’, and Mark Lewis, head of Lodders’ charities team, who is praised for his ‘well thought-out advice and expertise, and diligent and helpful approach’.
Chambers names family lawyer Vivienne Middleton as an ‘associate to watch’, and Lodders’ agricultural law expert David Lodder as one of its ‘Senior Statesmen’, acknowledging that he is ‘highly respected, regarded and liked’, and recognised amongst his peers for his ‘experience and stature as an agricultural practitioner’.
Best in breed
Lodders’ managing partner Paul Mourton says the firm’s rankings in the latest Chambers UK Directory, not only continue its year-on-year recognition for many of its specialist teams, but are also evidence of Lodders’ sustained performance, best in breed lawyers, legal excellence and exceptional client service:
“Chambers is respected for its integrity, independence and objectivity in researching and finding the very best lawyers in their fields, and it is a fantastic achievement for Lodders and so many of our lawyers to be highly recognised once again in this latest edition. It is worthy recognition of the firm’s talent, exceptional work, commitment to excellence, client service and quality of advice provided each and every day.”
Earlier this year, Lodders’ Private Client practice scooped top honours by being voted the top Private Client practice by Chambers UK’s High Net Worth Guide with the highest Band 1 recognition of law firms in the whole of Coventry and the surrounding area for the second consecutive year.
Head of the Private Client team and Lodders’ senior partner Martin Green added: “The firm has received a number of excellent plaudits in many of the professions’ independent guides, and to be ranked as the best in the area for our private client work two years running is testament to our legal expertise in this specialist field.”