On Wednesday 21st September 2011 the independent legal directory “Legal 500” launched its 2011 edition which ranked Osbornes as a recommended firm in three legal practice areas as well as mentioning eight of our solicitors for their expertise.
The family law department at Osbornes retained its ranking for another year, with the directory commenting that “Osbornes handles complex and challenging cases for the legal aid sector and also a growing stable of wealthy international clients. The firm receives glowing plaudits from clients”
Specifically mentioned in the directory were head of department Julian Bearddescribed as a solicitor who “knows his stuff”, partner Lisa Pepper who Legal 500 described as “constructive and smiling whatever the challenges” and partnerMark Freedman who was recognised by the directory as being a “tough negotiator”.
Lisa Pepper, who features in the directory for the first time said of the ranking:
“The success of the family department is evidence that as a family law team in London, we are one to watch! Taking into account that Legal 500 base their rankings on feedback from clients and fellow solicitors in other firms shows that our clients continue to recognise the service and expertise that we provide to them. In addition other firms also acknowledge our expertise and the high quality of advice we offer. “
Further success was achieved by the Personal Injury department at Osbornes who were ranked for the first time in the Legal 500. Stuart Kightley, joint head of the department is described as “effective and helpful” and someone who“focuses on the needs of the individual”. Speaking about this new ranking Stuart commented:
“Considering the sheer number of Personal Injury law firms in London we are absolutely delighted that the Legal 500 has recommended Osbornes as being one of the best. At the core of the services we offer is our commitment to our clients. It is our view of this obligation which has seen us being ranked this year and which we are sure will see us feature as a recommended firm for a long time to come”
The Social Welfare practice at Osbornes was another first time ranking with the department being ranked in the second tier within the social housing – tenant category. Talking about the team Legal 500 said that “Osbornes is a quality firm with a dynamic team undertaking complex tenancy matters”
Head of the Social Welfare Shilpa Mathuradas said:
“To go straight into the directory within tier two is a testament to the hard work of the whole social welfare and housing team. The dedication we show has long been appreciated by our clients and for it now to be recognised by an independent party is very rewarding. Special mention should be made of associate solicitors Ruth Camp and Will Ford who have cemented their reputation as rising stars by being labelled as ‘committed to their clients’ and ‘achieve great results’ by the directory”.