SA Law thank clients for exceptional feedback in Chambers & Partners

SA Law achieves recognition for four of its teams, as well as for six individual lawyers in the 2021 Chambers & Partners research.

The world’s leading provider of legal research analysis, clients and Counsel applaud SA Law’s legal teams for strengths of being a "solid, steady and consistent" team who are “very competent, very talented and willing to go the extra mile.”

Following the recent Legal 500 ranking information that saw SA Law’s longstanding first-rate Family and Litigation teams scoop yet another year of being ranked among the top teams in the South East of the UK; we are delighted to announce that independent legal research body Chambers and Partners have now also announced this years findings.

SA Law are among the 5,293 ranked departments and 10,970 ranked individuals across the entire UK Chambers & Partners Guide, testament to our client commitment and passion to deliver outstanding, cutting edge legal advice to individuals, families, employers in the UK and businesses internationally.

Chambers & Partners independently assess law firm’s technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, and commitment. We are delighted that the research highlights the calibre of our specialist familylitigationreal estate and employment teams in particular the longstanding band one ranking of our highly respected skilled matrimonial family law team who handle complex child law and divorce matters.

Chambers & Partners Ranked Departments and Individuals

We are delighted that four SA Law teams as well as for six individual lawyers have been acknowledged in the 2021 Chambers and Partners research.

Notable practitioners

Marilyn Bell has deep expertise across the full spectrum of family law. She regularly advises on complex, high-value financial remedy proceedings as well as assisting clients with public and private children law issues. According to a source, "Marilyn has the most incredible relationship with her clients - the confidence they have in her and her absolute depth of knowledge is brilliant."

Robert Ryall assists companies and individuals with a range of commercial litigation, including breach of agreement claims and shareholder disputes. Sources say that he is "very good with the clients as well as good technically."

Tracy Lacey-Smith acts on litigation involving insolvency, tax and director disputes and also has expertise in professional negligence issues. A client reports that she "has been very customer-focused and ensured that we have had great support in getting resolutions."

Simon Walsh is praised for his expertise in commercial and corporate litigation, with experience in cases involving shareholder disputes and breach of directors' duties.

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.

"Chris has a fantastic amount of knowledge about our industry and is always happy to provide advice and help where required." "He is sensible in his dealings and has a commercial and solution-orientated approach."

Here’s what Chambers & Partners published about us:

Family (Band 1)

A skilled team handling complex child law and divorce matters. Particular expertise in advising high net worth individuals and in handling proceedings involving international assets. Provides alternatives to litigation, including arbitration, mediation and collaborative law. Adeptly handles cases with highly sensitive aspects including parental alienation, mental health issues and domestic abuse.

  • "I have found their work to be excellent," one source reports.
  • Notable practitioner: Marilyn Bell

Litigation (Band 2)

Well-regarded litigation team with a strong regional presence and growing international activity. Handles shareholder disputes, breach and termination of contract litigation and payment disputes. Advises a local and international client base featuring organisations and individuals from a variety of sectors.

  • A client appreciates that the team is "very responsive and very client-focused."
  • Another describes it as a "solid, steady and consistent" team.

Real Estate (Band 2)

Regularly sought to advise on various commercial and residential real estate matters. Notable experience in residential conveyancing and investment work, as well as property finance matters. Clients include national property developers and established financial institutions.

  • Clients attest: "They are very competent, very talented and willing to go the extra mile."
  • Steve Kenneford is a key contact

Employment (Band 4)

Provides employers with expertise across the full range of matters including large-scale redundancy and restructuring, TUPE transfers, negotiating exits and conducting litigation. Wide sector coverage that includes charities, online retailers and educational institutions.

  • Strengths Sources say: "They have some excellent lawyers, enjoy a strong reputation in the market and are very well respected."
  • One client says: "I am very impressed with them. They stand out for being very responsive, are quick to get back to you and are very prompt and efficient."
  • "They are very professional, fair and give good advice in layman's terms. I would recommend them to any business," reports one source.

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