Major success for Osbornes as Chambers and Partners legal directory 2014 is released

13 Aug 2019

Osbornes has once again been ranked as a leading law firm in London by the independent legal directory Chambers and Partners 2014.

In what is a record year for the firm, as well as the firms Social Housing, Family and Children’s departments being ranked as leaders in London, nine solicitors from the across the entire firm have been ranked as leading lawyers in their respective fields.

The 2014 edition of the directory saw new entries for private client partners Jan Atkinson, family and collaborative partner Lisa Pepper and social housing associate William Ford.

Lisa Pepper comments:

“The entire firm feels a real sense of pride and achievement in the recognition we have received this year. Each department across the firm continually strive to improve upon and maintain the gold standard of advice and care we give to each and every client and to be rewarded in this way is a huge triumph, especially as the directory is compiled after an enormous amount of research and communication with our peers and clients”.

The full results and what the directory says about Osbornes is below:

Social Housing

What the team is known for: A range of services for tenants, and a strong track record acting for especially vulnerable clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Client service: “They’re so compassionate and kind. They really make clients feel at ease.”

Efficiency: “They’re really responsive. I’m amazed at how quickly they got to grips with the issues and details of the case.”

Notable practitioners:

Associate William Ford is described as “impressive and devoted to the sector.” He acts on possession, disrepair and homelessness cases, and has particular expertise in the protection of tenancy deposits under the Housing Act 2004. Sources highlight his enthusiasm and meticulousness, as well as saying “he really loves what he does.”


What the team is known for: Strong expertise in matrimonial financepre and postnuptial agreements, and the capacity to provide mediation andcollaborative law solutions. Notable niche cross-border children lawcapabilities, covering abduction and adoption cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Client service: “What is important is that the lawyers understand the nature of family law proceedings – they have good interpersonal skills as well as advocacy skills.”

Notable practitioners

Naomi Angell leads the market in cross-border children law matters. Sources confirm that she is “at the cutting edge of changing law and policy”when it comes to international adoption.

Simone McGrath focuses her practice primarily on international child abduction cases.

Mark Freedman handles both matrimonial finance and private children law matters, often with international aspects. Sources state that he “really fights for his clients and is a pragmatic and reasonable person to deal with – good in negotiations.”

Julian Beard is described as “extremely constructive, sensitive and a pleasure to deal with.” His family law workload includes both finance and children cases, and he is also noted for his skills as a mediator.

Up-and-coming partner Lisa Pepper is “incredibly constructive and an asset to the firm.” She is noted for her use of collaborative law methods in high-value matrimonial finance disputes.

Personal Injury

Head of catastrophic injuriesBen Posford is a recent arrival at Osbornes LLP and is singled out for his expertise in high-level catastrophic claims, particularly his handling of devastating brain and spinal injuries. He is described as a “fantastic lawyer who is extremely personable in dealing with clients and with opponents, and he has an unusual level of knowledge of the intricacies of procedure and substantive law.”

Brain and head injury lawyer Stuart Kightley is joint head of Osbornes LLP’s personal injury department, and is praised for his expertise in catastrophic and fatal claims. Sources comment that he is “very impressive,” in terms of both his experience and his management of the personal injury team.

Private Client

Jan Atkinson of Osbornes LLP attracts considerable praise for her cross-border trust and probate practice. Market commentators suggest that she is“understanding and able – she gives fair advice as well as an assessment of possible outcomes”.

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Written by Lisa Pepper

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