A leading global research organisation, Chambers & Partners guides seek to provide buyers of legal services with the rankings, editorial and analysis they need to make informed choices. In the 2022 UK guide, clients and Counsel applaud SA Law’s legal teams for being ‘very customer focused and easy to work with’ and for being ‘responsive, knowledgeable and commercial’.
Hot on the heels of the recent rankings and commentary published in The Legal 500 guide, we are delighted that Chambers & Partners research also highlights the calibre of our specialist family, litigation, real estate and employment teams. In particular, we were pleased to retain the longstanding top ranking of our highly respected family law team in both of these widely used guides to the legal profession.
Notable practitioners recognised across the firm
SA Law helps clients with all legal aspects of their business and personal lives. This shines through in the Chambers & Partner rankings of individual lawyers. Their research team reported:
Marilyn Bell has deep expertise across the full spectrum of family law, representing clients in collaborative divorce proceedings, as well as more contentious cases involving allegations of abuse. She regularly advises on complex, high-value financial remedy proceedings, including on complicated pensions aspects. A source commented ‘She was very diligent, and instructed me really far in advance.’
Robert Ryall assists companies and individuals with a range of commercial litigation, including breach of agreement claims and shareholder disputes. Interviewees commented: ‘Robert is incredibly knowledgeable, professional and calm. Has given us the confidence needed when making decisions.’ ‘He is consistent and approachable.’
Chris Cook is a renowned employment law specialist who has significant experience handling race, disability and gender discrimination cases and also unfair dismissal matters. He expertly advises on breaches of post-termination restrictions and effectively assists with agreements for departing senior executives. A source said: ‘It is always a pleasure working with him. He really rolls his sleeves up and gets involved with the clients, wanting to understand their particular needs and desired outcomes. He is always on top of the matter and takes a good strategic view of the case, being able to see both sides of the dispute.’
Tracy Lacey-Smith acts on litigation involving insolvency, tax and director disputes and also has expertise in professional negligence issues. A client said: ‘Tracy is direct, organised and effective. She is unworried by making difficult decisions, clear on her views and a pleasure to work with. She is an experienced and excellent lawyer.’
Kiran Beeharry offers advice on multi-jurisdictional issues in relation to separation, divorce and contentious children matters. He has experience in handling Islamic divorces, as well as divorces involving assets overseas. A client enthused: 'The key feature of his approach is that he always kept his mind on long-term goals, so is able to make concessions for us to achieve the long-term goals that we desired and he is able to be a lot more than a lawyer, more of a counsellor who gives support.'
Vincent Billings specialises in M&A work. A source commented: ‘He is extremely professional and charismatic in everything he does, with a can-do attitude.
Read everything Chambers had to say about SA Law online here: https://chambers.com/law-firm/sa-law-uk-1:110570