Excellent results for Osbornes in the Legal 500 2014 directory 6 Oct 2014


Camden based, Osbornes solicitors has once again been ranked as a recommended London law firm in the 2014 edition of the independent legal directory, Legal 500.

The family law department, which has featured in the directory for a number of years, was again ranked in the 2014 edition as a leading family law department in London. The directory describes the firm as having a ‘sizeable team with many stand out lawyers’.

The directory also listed six family lawyers as recommended solicitors. Partner and divorce lawyer Mark Freedman was described as a lawyer who ‘fights his cases hard and has an excellent relationship with his clients’. Head of department Bridget Thompson is noted for being ‘tenacious, hardworking, pragmatic and sensible’, whilst Lisa Pepper, a partner in the firm is singled out for being a ‘noted collaborative lawyer who ‘recently acted successfully on a client’s leave to remove application to Australia’.

Also recommended in the directory is partner Andrew Watson who is described as being a ‘name for confiscation and non-disclosure work’, Naomi Angell who is ‘an expert in adoption issues’ and Julian Beard for his handling of financial remedy cases.

Lisa Pepper said of the success:

“We moved up a tier last year and this year we have a record six solicitors featured as recommended individuals from the family department. As a department such a feat demonstrates our commitment to our clients and our continuous efforts to offer the best, most practical advice possible. What is of note is that our recommended lawyers are specialists in areas across family law, which is testimony to our strength in multiple areas and our ability to provide our clients with a 360 degree service”.

The firm’s Personal Injury department had notable success, moving further up the rankings from last year’s position. The directory noted that the department was a ‘very well-established practice’. Head of department Stuart Kightley is described as ‘sensible and pragmatic’, with head of Catastrophic Injury, Ben Posford described as ‘exceptional, and a real expert in the field of catastrophic injury’. The directory notes the department recently obtained an award of £1.85m for a nurse who suffered a spinal cord injury.

Stuart Kightley said “We are delighted to have moved up a tier in the Legal 500, and even more so because this is an entirely independent client directory.  This comes at a time when the department is enjoying much greater recognition for the important work that we do, such as our recent shortlisting with two other firms for an award for Claimant Team of the Year at the Personal Injury Awards 2014, in which Ben Posford is also a finalist for the coveted Claimant Lawyer of the Year award.”

Also ranked is the firm’s housing and social care department which was commended for its ‘rare level of commitment’ The department was noted for its expertise in ‘handling possession, disrepair, harassment, eviction and public law matters as well as community care and homelessness cases’.

Head of the housing and social care department Shilpa Mathuradas is described as a ‘tenacious litigator’ with William Ford described as a ‘first class lawyer…completely dedicated to making a positive difference, acting in cases challenging the bedroom tax’. Also singled out for praise is Manjit Mandair and Safiye Connor.

Senior Partner and Head of Wills, Probate & Disputed Estates Department, Jan Atkinson comments:

“It is excellent that once again this year the firm has been rewarded for the high quality of advice and client care that we continue to offer all of our clients. The results are a real boost to the whole firm and we look forward to building on these results over the next year”.

Jan continues:

“The fact that these rankings and recommendations have been compiled after a thorough research process which includes talking to fellow professionals as well as clients is an indication of how highly thought of Osbornes is in the London market”.

For more information on the Legal 500 or if you would like to speak with one of our solicitors concerning a legal issue you are currently having you can contact us by calling us or by filling in our online enquiry form.

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