SA Law celebrates outstanding Legal 500 result

SA Law continues to be praised by clients and fellow legal professionals in independent legal research body The Legal 500, the guide to assist those looking for expert legal advice.
Wed 7th Oct 2020

We are delighted that our team of experts continue to be applauded by clients, contemporaries, and fellow professional services specialists for our strong technical ability and for advising on the most complex and innovative legal cases.In particular we're thrilled that our litigation and family law teams continue to be regarded as top tier practice areas.

Managing Partner Steve Ryan comments, “I am delighted that so many of our talented SA Law team members continue to be recognised and applauded for their commitment, technical abilities and excellent client care skills. SA Law’s internal culture is to always prioritise our clients’ needs and strive for the very best outcome and that is certainly a strength that independent Legal 500 2020 research highlights and is echoed by our long term Lexcel Accreditation. I am proud to work alongside so many respected lawyers and support team members that help us to achieve results like this year on year.”

Robert Ryall, SA Law’s Joint Head of the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution team and Head of Family Law Marilyn Bell continue to be recognised as ‘leading individuals’.

Dispute resolution specialists Clare Mackay and Simon Walsh alongside family law specialist Kiran Beeharry have been highlighted as ‘rising stars’.

Real estate specialist Gary Dunger has been highlighted as a ‘next generation partner’ once again this year.

Consistently credited by clients

The Legal 500 is an independent legal research body that benchmarks law firms on a global scale to help general counsel and, individuals and businesses find legal advisors that meet their needs. According to research conducted by The Legal 500, 69% of respondents said they referred to a legal directory recommendation before instructing a law firm so it is a useful non-bias tool and certainly something we are incredibly proud to have achieved excellent feedback and rankings for a number of years.

The Legal 500 is particularly helpful for those who are looking to instruct a law firm or solicitor outside of their jurisdiction or in another country. Across all of our specialist’s fields we field international cases particularly by our litigation, family law and divorce, corporate and employment teams. Our historical track record of assisting clients on international matters, connections internationally and with law firms all over the world and our commitment to client needs is acknowledged by the research.

Here’s what The Legal 500 had to say about us:

Private client, Matrimonial Family Law Tier One

Based in St Albans, SA Law LLP has a track record of work on family matters, regularly handling challenging cases involving children, as well as complex financial matters with an international element, including pre and postnuptial agreements, often utilising its mediation skills. 'Hard-working and sensitive' practice leader Marilyn Bell has broad experience, ranging from advising on matters regarding domestic violence to civil partnerships. 'Hugely dedicated' Kiran Beeharry is highly noted. Senior solicitor Bindu Malkan joined from Stowe Family Law LLP in January 2020.

Litigation Tier One

SA Law LLP advises on the full range of commercial disputes, with specialist expertise in retail, education, and football clubs. The practice has experience advising on issues such as professional negligence, health and safety, clinical negligence, IP, and competition disputes that frequently involve coordination with overseas firms. Practice co-leader Robert Ryall acts for a number of high-profile sporting individuals and clubs. Practice co-leader Tracy Lacey-Smith has particular expertise in retail, including professional negligence claims and regulatory organisations.

Corporate & Commercial

SA Law LLP advises on a wide range of corporate matters, such as M&A, restructuring, private equity, management buyouts and buy-ins and corporate finance. The practice has sectoral expertise in retail, real estate and marketing, amongst others. Practice head Vincent Billings focuses on strategic restructurings and demergers.


Based out of St Albans, SA Law LLP provides specialised advice to clients in the education, charity, and employment agency sectors on complex employment matters relating to GDPR and religious and sex discrimination. Practice leader Chris Cook advises on sensitive employee dismissals in the education sector, ranging from nurseries to universities.

Real Estate

The commercial property team at SA Law LLP advises on high-value deals for a number of regional commercial clients, establishing relationships as a trusted advisor in the retail and healthcare sectors, with extensive experience in farming and commercial real estate. Additionally, the team has a dedicated in-house team of real estate litigation experts. Steve Kenneford and Gary Dunger jointly lead the practice, Gary is known for his work in commercial development and property management.

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