Osbornes are delighted to announce that the firm has once again been recognised as a leading law firm in the 2017 issue of the legal directory Chambers UK.
Chambers UK described Osbornes as being “A brilliant firm. They care for their clients and they’re very knowledgeable.”
The firm’s Family & Divorce, Children and Personal Injury departments have been ranked as leading teams in London and the Housing and Social Care team is ranked as a leading department in the UK. In addition to this 10 partners and senior solicitors have been ranked as ‘leading individuals’ in their respective fields, including partners in the firm’s Private Client and Medical Negligence departments.
Stuart Kightley, joint senior partner and head of personal injury at Osbornes comments:
“Over the last eighteen months we have seen unprecedented expansion at Osbornes with growth not only in each department but also at partner level, which currently stands at sixteen. We have taken great care to ensure that throughout this period we continue to provide our clients with the first class legal advice and client care they have come to expect from Osbornes. Our achievements in the new edition of Chambers UK is testament to the commitment and dedication of all at Osbornes.”
Chambers UK described the Family department as a “well-regarded practice assisting clients with substantial matrimonial disputes and sensitive children proceedings. Recognised for its expertise in both domestic and international adoption, as well as assisted conception.”
Ranked as leading individuals in the department are partners Mark Freedman and Lisa Pepper. Also ranked are consultants Naomi Angell and Simone McGrath.
Mark Freedman is described as a “brilliant lawyer and a great tactician” who “will absolutely fight tooth and nail for his clients.” Mark is noted for his “expertise in private children work and high-value divorces”. The directory highlighted Lisa Pepper’s experience in “handling high-value divorce litigation” and noted that “clients absolutely love her; she’s very approachable, asks the right questions and has very good judgement.”
Head of Adoption, Naomi Angell is described as “knowing more about adoption than anyone in the country” and for being renowned “for her complex cross-border adoption work”. Simone McGrath, who is a leading child abduction lawyer is described as being a “strong advocate, tough opponent and always has a good legal point to make.” Her focus on complex abduction work is also singled out.
The directory describes the Personal Injury department as being “well equipped to advise on high-value and high-profile claims arising from child abuse cases, fatalities and severe head and spinal injuries”. Chambers UK emphasised the departments “specialist expertise in cycling-related injury claims and cauda equina syndrome cases as well as their ability to handle “significant employers’ liability claims”.
Stuart Kightley is described as “fantastic, very impressive, pragmatic and reasonable solicitor who always protects his client’s interests.” His work representing claimants who have suffered serious injuries at work or on the road was highlighted as was his “notable expertise in head injury claims”. Head of Catastrophic Injury, Ben Posford is noted for his “excellent experience” and for being a “dedicated and diligent practitioner.” The directory underlined his ability to “handle a range of high-profile and high-value catastrophic injury claims”.
Stephanie Prior is described as a “lawyer who is super committed and who does very well with claimants”. She is commended for her “substantial experience in situations with vulnerable individuals, including child abuse claims”.
The Medical Negligence department is noted for “a wide-ranging caseload spanning various aspects of clinical negligence, including brain, spinal and fatal injury claims”. Department head, Stephanie Prior is described as being “effective and tenacious at representing clients”. Also highlighted is Stephanie’s “amazing client care.”
Head of Private Client, Jan Atkinson is singled out for her “noteworthy experience in complex estate administration, cross-border work and contentious matters”. Chambers described Jan as “knowing her stuff inside out” and as being “efficient and responsive”.
The Housing and Community Care team’s experience in representing tenants in the “full variety of housing law matters, including issues of possession, eviction, disrepair, antisocial behaviour and homelessness issues” was stressed. The department was also described as being “extremely responsive and solution-focused and very creative in the way that they think about getting vulnerable people housed. They are compassionate and good at engaging with people who are hard to reach”.
William Ford, who is now a partner in the department is described as being a “very thorough and incredibly committed and respected practitioner” acting predominantly for tenants facing possession and eviction proceedings, homeless applicants or clients who are making disrepair claims. William is singled out for “understanding the links between different parts of the law and housing”.
Manjit Mandair is noted as being “very good with vulnerable clients”, having the ability to “extract the best result from the case and being very determined and hardworking.” Her expertise in dealing with cases of antisocial behaviour is singled out.
You can view the full write up in Chambers here.